Waterville, Maine – The Thomas College softball team dropped a 5-1 decision in game one to the Badgers of Johnson State and tied with the Badgers in the night cap in North Atlantic Conference action Friday afternoon. After Friday's games the Terriers fall to 5-15-1 (2-0-1 NAC) on the season, while the Badgers improve to 7-12-1 (1-0-1 NAC).
In the first game both teams were unable to touch home plate till the top of the third when Johnson's Maria Gleason blasted one over the fence bring in a runner for a two run homerun and a 2-0 lead. Again both team struggled to muster up any runs until the top of the sixth when Johnson's Amanda Mclean hit a sacrifice fly out to right field bring in another Badger run for the 3-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh the Badgers go some insurance from the bats of Eric Pustari and Morgan Rogerson, who both brought in runners; Pustari off of a single and Rogerson off a triple. Going into the final inning the Badgers held a 5-0 lead over the home team. With two outs and runners in scoring position first year Alyssa Eugley brought in McKayla Gastia with a RBI single for the Terriers lone score of the game as senior Ali Kriegel flied out to center ending the game with three runners left on base.
Megan Russ picks up the win for the Badgers striking out six batters while giving up seven hits. Sara Pavento shoulders the loss for the Terriers striking out a respectable nine batters.
It looked like the momentum from game one would carry over for the Badgers as they railed off a quick two runs in the first inning. Singles from Pustari and Rogerson gave the visitors an early 2-0. The Terriers did not respond till the bottom of the fourth when Kriegel sent a single to left field scoring first year Kristy Hilton to bring the Terriers within one. Pitcher Kelsey Crowe helped her own cause when she blasted a three run double to center field giving the Terriers a 4-2 lead over Johnson.
With daylight slipping away both team focus turned to the fifth inning as it looked to be the final frame. In the top of the fifth with two out the Badgers were able to capitalize off a Tanya Randal single that brought in two run tying up the affair. Crowe was able to fan the next batter to get out of the inning with the score at 4-4.
In the bottom of the fifth the Terriers were able to get the game winning run on base with a single from first year Sara Moynihan, but a fielder's choice off the bat of Kate Thibodeau sent Moynihan to the bench keeping the game winning run on first. Russ was able to fan Gastia for out number two bringing up pinch hitter Molly Woodward who grounded out to third ending the inning and game in a tie as the umpire called the game due to darkness.
The Terriers will take on conference newcomer New England College tomorrow afternoon in a set of doubleheaders at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.