|Husson University||St. Elizabeth|
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Husson softball team split their first doubleheader of the 2017 season with a 10-2 win over Saint Elizabeth to start off the morning. The Eagles then fell to Concordia-Moorhead, 7-9, who already had nine games under their belt so far this season to Husson’s two games. After the Cobbers rallied in the final two innings scoring their only runs, the Eagles struggled to get players on base in the bottom of the seventh to make a comeback.
Game 1: Husson 10, Saint Elizabeth 2
Following a scoreless first inning for both teams, Husson (1-1) made the first move as Olivia Smith took one for the team getting hit by a pitch in the top of the second. Morgan Coleman helped push Smith into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline. One batter later, Casey Heath stepped up to the plate sending a triple out to right center, adding on two RBI’s as she sent Smith and Kylie Kennedy home for the first runs of the morning. With only one out, Brianna Bires brought in Heath for an RBI with a groundout to second. Nicole Andrade hit a hard single to left, followed by Saint Elizabeth (0-1) giving up an error, allowing Chloe Gorey to reach first while also pushing Andrade to second. To close out Husson’s attack, Andrade made it home on an unearned run to put the Husson Eagles on top 4-0.
Husson’s Arika Brochu gathered up two strikeouts on Saint Elizabeth in the bottom of the fourth before allowing two back-to-back singles by Megan Lapinski and Victoria Ciallella. Unfortunately for Saint Elizabeth, two players were left stranded on base as the third out was tossed from shortstop Gorey to Brochu on second, holding them scoreless going into the fifth.
To kick off the fifth inning, Brochu sent a double right down the left field line. Olivia Maynard came in with a walk, followed by Morgan Coleman grounding out, but advancing both players into scoring position at the same time. Kennedy hit a solid shot out to left center drawing in two runs, but couldn’t quite make it to third in time and was thrown out.
Brochu was on a roll from the pitching mound in the bottom of the fifth, seeing three Saint Elizabeth players strike out swinging.
Husson had a successful seventh inning, scoring another three runs, which started with Brochu reaching first on an error who was swapped out with pinch runner, Caitlin Bean, shortly after. Paige Veilleux-Adams had her first hit of the day, singling to right field, and then stealing second. Maynard walked to help load up the bases for Husson. With the first out of the inning, Coleman hit a pop fly to left while also helping Bean hit home plate. Kennedy then swung another double to the outfield, gathering up two RBI’s as Maynard and Veilleux-Adams made it home.
Saint Elizabeth tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring their first and final runs of the game. Danesha Triplett and Marielis Alicea started off the rally by taking walks to get on base. Heather Passaro then took advantage of an error by Husson to make it to first and load up the bases. Teammates, Rachael Romer and Elizabeth Unger, hit a pair of singles to each gain an RBI. The Saint Elizabeth Eagles efforts ended there; however, leaving two stranded to finish out the game, giving Husson their first victory of the 2017 season, 10-2.
Both Unger and Lapinski went 2-for-4 for Saint Elizabeth, while Unger also brought in one of her team’s RBI’s and Romer added on the second RBI.
For Husson, Kennedy finished 2-for-3 composed of two doubles with an impressive three RBI’s. Heath was the only player of the game to hit a triple which provided her with two RBI’s. Andrade, Gorey, and Veilleux-Adams all showed aggressive base running as each teammate captured a stolen base. Brochu featured her first win of the season from the mound, throwing seven strikeouts in seven innings and only allowing one earned run.