|Rhode Island College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) launched her second home run of the season, and freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H.) earned her third consecutive win to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 10-2, five-inning win over the Rhode Island College Anchormen in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at the USM Softball Stadium. USM dropped the second game 3-0 in 10 innings despite an outstanding pitching effort from junior hurler Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble).
GAME ONE: SOUTHERN MAINE 10, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 2 (5 INNINGS)
Greene scattered three hits and a walk over five innings, and Cross was 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs batted in and a run scored to lead a 10-hit Husky attack in game one. Greene did not give up an earned run in the win. Working her way around a fielding error in the first, Greene game up two of the three hits in the game to RIC, but limited the Anchormen to just a single in the fifth to close the game.
Trailing 2-0 after the top of the first, Cross put the Huskies’ on the board in her first at bat, lacing a two-out RBI double to left field for her first hit and RBI of the game. In the bottom of the second, Cross was part of a five-run inning for the Huskies, blasting her second home run of the season for a two-run shot. With singles from senior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) and junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) sandwiched around a drawn walk from junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic’s Academy) hit a two-run double to score Lux and Crosman to put USM up 3-2. Senior Allison Pillar (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) made it 4-2 with a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Davis. With a 4-2 lead in hand and with two outs, Cross stepped in and crushed a two-out home run over right center field for a 6-2 lead.
USM closed out the game, earning the eight-run mercy rule, with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth. Davis had a two-run single up the middle to make it 8-2, before Pillar shut the door on the game with a two-run double to left center for the 10-2 final.