Bangor, Maine – The Thomas College Softball team (18-10, 12-2 NAC) split with the Husson University Eagles (15-15, 8-2 NAC) in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader yesterday to close out their NAC regular schedule. The Eagles won the first game 8-2, but the Terriers bounced back to take the night cap 6-3.
Husson started the scoring in the bottom of the second when Sarah Risser reached on a fielder's choice, and the Eagles loaded the bases with walks to Rebecca McCarty and Kara Poirier that set the table for Cameron, and the 2010 NAC Player of the Year came up big, driving in 2 on a single up the middle. Hill got the runners over with a running bunt to the pitcher and she beat the throw to load them up again. Gifford singled to right to add another run for the Eagles as they took at 3-0 lead.
The Terriers brought the game to within one in the top of the 4th when Mallorie Blakney reached with a single to right, and Samantha Moore blasted a 2-run shot over the wall in left center and the Eagle lead was cut to 3-2.
The Eagles got some insurance in the bottom of the fifth as Gifford and Mortensen singled to start of the inning, and Lona Sargent cracked a single up the middle for the RBI bringing in Gifford.
McCarty came up with two away and helped herself with a single down the left field line that scored Mortensen, but Sargent was caught trying to go from first to third and the rally was over.
Husson added three more in the bottom of the sixth to go up by 6.
Poirier got aboard on an error, and Cameron doubled to center for her second hit of the game. With two runners in scoring position, Hill slapped a ball down that scored Poirier from third. Gifford laid down a bunt that scored Cameron as the Terriers took the out at first.
Mortensen earned the sac fly on a line drive to second and the speedy Hill came across for the 8th run of the game and Husson went on to win 8-2.
In game two the Eagles plated a pair staying level with Thomas through 7, but were outscored in the extra frame and the Terriers earned the split in the night cap. Hill led Husson offensively, going 1-4 with two runs scored out of her leadoff spot. Nagelin sat down 11 batters by way of the K, but ultimately fell her counterpart for Thomas, Jordan Kennedy, who also went all 8 innings in the circle allowing just one earned on the lone hit by Hill, and the junior pitched around four walks and struck out 7.
Thomas got things started in the top of the first as Blakney singled to right with one out and advanced to second on an error. Moore took advantage of another Eagle miscue and went all the way around to third, and Blakney scored.
Husson answered right back with a run of their own in the home half of the first. Hill singled on a running slap, got to second on an error, and stole third to set the table for Mortensen who laid down a quality sac bunt that tied it up, scoring Hill.
The Terriers jumped ahead again in the top of the 3rd as Blakney bunted her way on with one out and stole second, setting things up for Moore who singled down the left field line for the RBI.
The Eagles came back and put up another run to tie things again in the bottom of the third. Hill reached on an error and swiped second and third, making it 3 stolen bases in the second game. Gifford came through with the runner at 3rd and got the ball in the air to right for the sac fly, and it was all knotted up at 2 apiece.
The battle would stay level until extras when Lindsay Fry was placed at second and Blakney got runners at the corners with an infield single to third. Moore got the RBI single and advanced to second on the throw to the plate which was not in time and the right fielder plated Fry, and Blakney advanced to third. After a pop up in the infield that kept the runners where they were, Kaymala Ells legged out a ground ball and knocked in Blakney. Ells stole second to put the runners at second and third, when Samantha Robinson aid down a bunt to third, but the Eagle defense threw the ball around and both base runners came across, making it 4 for Thomas in the top of the 8th.
Husson was able to get one back as Brianna Webster was placed on second to start the inning. Webster advanced to second on a passed ball, and came across to score on a wild pitch, but one would be all the Eagles could get as they fell to the Terriers 6-3.