WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas softball team came away with a split of their North Atlantic Conference doubleheader versus Husson, falling 4-1 in game one before taking game two 5-3 on a walk-off two-run homerun by Korrie Laren in the bottom of the seventh.
The Terriers (1-14, 1-1 NAC) could only muster one run, as a three-run fifth inning puts Husson (10-8, 1-1 NAC) over the top for the 4-1 win in game one of the doubleheader.
The team went scoreless through the first three innings, as Thomas pitcher Sonja Morse and Husson pitcher Kayla Merrill each got off to good starts on the mound.
Husson responded in the fifth innings, notching three runs on two hits and two Thomas errors. Merrill, Allie Hill and Deb Colpitts each drove in one run as the Eagles took a 3-1 lead. Merrill would add a homerun in the seventh, and Thomas was unable to mount a comeback.
Morse went all seven innings, giving up six hits, four runs (two earned) with four walks and a season-high seven strikeouts. Eugley led Thomas with two hits and one run scored.
In game two, the Terriers fell behind 3-0 but rallied to tie the game by the fifth inning, and Korrie Laren hit a walk-off homerun well over the left field fence to give Thomas its first victory on the season.
The Eagles got off to a strong start, as they went for a big second inning. Colpitts doubled with one out to get it started. After a pop out, Shannon Graves singled home Colpitts for the game's first run. Brianna Bires then doubled home Graves, who was then plated on a single by Nicole Andrade to make it 3-0.
Thomas got one back in the bottom of the third. Morse and Eugley each singled with two outs, and then Laren reached on an error by Bires. Morse came around from second to score and cut the deficit to two.
The Terriers struck again in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Taylor M. Johnson came through with a two RBI double to left center, scoring Laren and Morse to knot the game up 3-3.
Neither team reached base in the next inning and a half. In the bottom of the seventh, Eugley singled to left, getting the winning run on base. Laren then came up and crushed a pitch from Bires over the left field fence for the walk-off win. It was the first homerun of Laren's career.
Laren and Taylor M. Johnson each drove in two runs, while Eugley again led with three hits. Morse had two hits and two runs scored. Faith Robinson went all seven innings on the mound to earn the win.
Thomas will return to the field on Monday, April 13 when they take on the University of Maine at Farmington for a doubleheader. First game is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM from Bates College in Lewiston.