|Hamilton College||University of Southern Maine|
CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) drove in six RBIs on a 4-for-9 effort at the plate over two games and junior Haeli Campbell (Manchester, N.H./Goffstown) earned a pair of wins in relief to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team to a pair of wins Tuesday afternoon at Legends Way field. Southern Maine defeated Oberlin College 6-3 in their first game, and rallied for a 9-6 win over Hamilton College in its second game.
With the sweep, Southern Maine earns its third consecutive win and improves to 4-2 overall. Oberlin is 3-7 with its loss to the Huskies. Hamilton suffering its first loss after a two-game win streak is 5-8.
GAME TWO: Southern Maine 9, Hamilton 6
Trailing the Hamilton College Continentals 5-2 after five innings of play, Southern Maine rallied for seven runs in its final two at bats to secure a 9-6 win. The Huskies scored five runs on four hits, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a throwing error in the top of the sixth to go ahead of Hamilton 7-5, and then tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Caron and senior Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to pace the Huskies. Martin continued her strong play going 2-for-3 on a pair of singles and a walk, adding an RBI.
Hamilton scored a single run in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Senior Daphne Assimakopoulous (Belmont, Mass.), sophomore Delaney Nicol (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) and freshman Sophia Cerreta (San Mateo, Calif./Aragon) each had RBIs for the Continentals in the first, second and third inning respectively.
USM took two back in the top of the fourth on RBIs from Martin and senior Samantha Crosman to make it a 3-2 deficit, but Hamilton bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Ursula Castiblanco (Leonia, N.J.) had an RBI double in the inning for the Continentals.
Facing a three-run hole, USM overtook the Continentals in the top of the six. Junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) drew a lead off walk, and Martin singles to give USM two base runners, before Pillar connected on an RBI single through the left side to bring USM to a 5-3 deficit. Junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had an RBI fielder’s choice to score Martin to make it 5-4 with one out. Caron then drove in two more runs for the Huskies to take the lead with two-run single to left center field, before junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) capped the scoring with an RBI single for a 7-5 Huskies’ lead.
Pillar collected another RBI in the top of the seventh with a single, while freshman Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla./South Plantation) collected her first collegiate RBI with a sacrifice fly to put USM ahead 9-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Hamilton led off the inning with a double from Cerreta, before Campbell earned back-to-back outs in the air. The Continentals responded with back-to-back singles from junior Phoebe Collins (New Castle, N.H./Portsmouth) and freshman Caitlin Berreitter (Simi Valley, Calif.) to earn a run and trail 9-6, but Campbell bounced back for the final out and the win.
Campbell pitched 2.1 innings of relief to earn the win. Entering in the fifth inning, Campbell allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. Kelly, the Huskies’ starter, pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs (five total) on 11 hits. She struck out four. Hamilton relief pitcher Zoe Singer (Ridgewood, N.J.) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 2.2 innings pitched.