|Oberlin 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 ONE: Southern Maine 6, Oberlin 3
Caron went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple to drive in four runs to lead the Huskies to a 6-3 win over Oberlin. Caron cranked out a bases-clearing double to the left field gap to put USM’s first three runs of a five-run second inning across the plate. Senior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) was responsible for the Huskies’ next two runs with a two-run triple down the right field line.
Oberlin took back three run in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-3 USM lead, led by a two-run single down the right field line from senior Grace Evans (Arlington, Va./HB Woodlawn). Evans’ RBI single was followed by a bases-loaded walk issued by USM starter freshman Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.). Brown was then relieved in favor of Campbell. With the bases loaded and one out, Campbell worked her way out of the jam with the assistance of a fielder’s choice play to get the runner out at home, before earning an inning-ending ground out with USM still up 5-3.
Both teams were scoreless for the next three innings. USM tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Caron laced a triple down the right field line to score freshman Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine). Martin reached safely in the inning with a one-out single to left field.
Brown earned a no decision firing 2.1 innings allowing three earned runs (five total) on five hits and three walks. She had two strikeouts. Campbell earned the win pitching 4.2 innings. She did not yield a hit and gave up just one walk, while striking out six.