Waterville, Maine – The Thomas College softball picked up two North Atlantic Conference wins Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Beavers from the University of Maine at Farmington 7-6 and 5-3 in a doubleheader. With the win the Terriers improve to 5-15 (2-2 NAC) on the season while the visiting Beavers fall to 4-6 (2-2 NAC).
The Beavers jumped out to an early lead as they scored two runs in the opening frame off the bats of Kaitlyn Bartlett and Jillian Withee. Bartlett doubled to center field bringing in one UMF run. Next up was Withee who reached on an error, allowing Bartlett to score an unearned run giving the Beavers a 2-0. The Terriers got out of the inning on a fly out by Casey Mull.
The Terriers bats were quick to answer in the bottom of the first as they railed off three runs to take a 3-2 lead. First year Alyssa Eugley got things rolling with a double to center field and after a sacrifice bunt by senior Ali Kriegel, Eugley soon found herself on third. A single from Samantha Moore brought in Eugley and the Terriers first run of the game. Junior Kelsey Crowe tied up the game when she sent a double to center field bringing in Moore. Lauren Hachey capped the Terriers scoring in the first when she singled binging in Crowe. UMF's Emma Vaillancourt grabbed control of the inning striking out the next to Thomas batters to end the inning.
With the second inning ending scoreless the Terriers were holding a 3-2 lead going into the top of the third where Bartlett and Withee with help from Meaghan Donnell got things rolling again for the Beavers putting the visitors back on top 5-3. The Terriers were only able to muster up one run in the bottom of the third when Mary Gran Morris flied out to right field bringing in Hachey on a sac-fly making it a 5-4 game.
A three run fifth inning gave the Terriers the lead as sophomore Kate Thibodeau got the Terriers rolling with a single to center field bring in Kimberly Grant. Sara Pavento added to the Terriers lead when she scored off of a single from Eugley. Sara Moynihan capped the Terriers scoring in the fifth when she scored an unearned run on a passed ball.
Neither team was able to score a run in the sixth and as they went into the seventh and final inning the Terriers held a 7-5 lead over UMF. With one out Shannon Mitchell sent a double to left field followed by an error that allowed Bartlett to reach second base, putting tying runs in scoring position. Mitchell was able to score on an error trimming the Terriers lead to one with the tying run on second. After Kriegel sent Withee to the bench on a caught foul ball, Mull popped up to first where Crowe had no trouble making the catch ending the game.
Pavento picks up the win for the Terriers after striking out three batters in seven innings of work, while UMF's Vaillancourt shoulders the loss for the Beavers.
In game two with darkness beginning to set in the Terriers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as a three run first inning gave the home team an early lead. With the bases loaded Thomas earned an easy run as Bartlett walked Hachey scoring the first run of the game. Thomas' Molly Woodward added a two run RBI single to push the lead to 3-0. Bartlett was able to get UMF out of the inning as the next two Terriers batters flied out.
UMF answered in the top of the second with a three run performance of their own. Amy Jones got the Beavers on the board when she sent a two run RBI double to left field. Jones scored the tying run when Lily Barry singled to center field. But in the bottom of the second Thomas took the lead back as a sacrifice fly from Crowe brought in the leading run giving the Terriers a 4-3 lead. The Terriers got some insurance in the bottom of the fifth as Thibodeau hit a single bring in the Terriers fifth and final run of the game, as the game was called due to darkness at the end of the inning.
Crow picks up the win striking out eight of the 24 batters she faced, while Bartlett shoulders the loss for the Terriers.
The Terriers will continue NAC play at home on Friday April 6th when they take on Johnson in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.