Waterville, Maine - The Thomas College softball team picked up two North Atlantic Conference wins Tuesday afternoon as they defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime 15-3 and 10-1 in a doubleheader. With the wins the Terriers improve to 8-17-1 (5-4-1 NAC) on the season while the visiting Mariners fall to 9-11 (2-6 NAC)
In the first game, the Terriers were able to get the game started early when Samantha Moore hit a solo homerun in the first inning to give Thomas the early 1-0 lead. The Mariners were quick to respond as in the top of the very next inning, Erica Taylor answered with a solo homerun of her own to tie the game up 1-1. This would be as close as the Mariners would get as the Terriers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning with RBI's from Kristi Hilton, Alei Collier, Moore, and Ali Kriegel. Thomas would go on to have another seven run inning in the bottom of the fourth to seal up the win in five innings, due to the mercy rule 15-3.
Senior Sara Pavento got the win for the Terriers pitching five strong innings, giving up three earned runs, and striking out three while Abby Yeo shoulders the loss for the Mariners.
In the second game, the rainy conditions seemed to affect play as both teams made a combined seven errors in the game with five of them coming in the very first inning. The Mariners were able to take advantage of the miscues when Yeo scored on an error to give them a quick 1-0 lead. Thomas was able to respond in the bottom of the first with RBI singles from Kelsey Crowe and Kriegel to give Thomas the 2-1 advantage. The Thomas' bats came alive once again on the afternoon as they posted a five run inning in the bottom of the third with RBI's from Kriegel, Hilton, McKayla Gastia, and Kate Thibodeau. The Terriers would go on to score three more runs in the bottom of the fourth while the Mariners' bats remained quiet and allowed Thomas to win once again by way of the mercy rule 10-1.
Junior Kelsey Crowe got the win for the Terriers pitching five strong innings, giving up only two hits and no earned runs, and striking out seven while Taylor shoulders the loss for the Mariners.
The Terriers next game will be tomorrow afternoon as they take on crosstown rival Colby at home at 3:30 p.m.
Story Written By: Jacob Jandreau