WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas softball team swept a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader over New England College on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. The Terriers took game one 7-2 and outscored the Pilgrims to win 8-6 in the second game.
Alyssa Eugley was honored as the lone senior on the team prior to the start of the doubleheader.
Thomas now improves to 10-19 overall and 6-4 in the conference. New England College drops to 17-15 and 6-6.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead and never trailed as they went on to a 7-2 victory in game one of the doubleheader. Sophomore Sonja Morse tied her season-high with 11 strikeouts on the game.
Thomas struck in the first inning, scoring two runs to take the 2-0 lead. Morse singled in a run and Jordan Agger-Barnes doubled to right center and drove in another. The Pilgrims got back a run in the top of the second when Brielle Pennington scored on a Terrier throwing error.
Thomas responded back with another two runs in the bottom of the inning. Briana Warren drove in Faith Robinson on a single to left field and Alyssa Eugley scored Warren also on a single to left to extend the Thomas lead to 4-1.
In the third inning, Emily McKenney took a pitch from Pilgrim starter Jessamine Phillips and drove it over the left centerfield fence for her first-career homerun. McKenney would drive in another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.
New England College's Rebecca Allen hit a homerun of her own in the top of the sixth. Thomas answered as they added one last run in the bottom of the inning when Eugley singled home Morse.
Morse picked up her fifth win on the season and her ninth complete game, allowing just three hits and two runs. Eugley led the Terriers with two hits and two RBI's.
The two teams combined for 20 hits and 14 runs scored in game two, but a two-run bottom of the sixth propelled the Terriers to an 8-6 win in the second game, completing the doubleheader sweep.
Thomas again got off to a big start, sending four runs across home plate in the first inning, as Eugley and McKenney each collected one RBI. NEC answered back with one run in the second inning, when Rachel Kerrigan singled home a run.
The Pilgrims were able to tie the game up at four in the third inning, scoring three runs as Maranda Johnson and Shawnie Clark each collected RBI's.
After a scoreless fourth, both teams each scored two runs in the fifth inning to keep the game tied up, now at 6-6. Allen and Clark drove in runs for NEC, while Jordan Agger-Barnes drove in one run on a single and then set-up Korrie Laren to score from third by getting caught out at second trying to steal.
In the bottom of the sixth, Thomas regained the lead. With two outs and runners on second and third, Agger-Barnes came up big with a two-RBI double to right center that put the Terriers an 8-6 lead.
Morse retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to close out the game two victory, her second on the day. Agger-Barnes tied a season-high with three RBI's.
The Terriers will be right back on the field tomorrow, April 26 for a non-conference doubleheader against Fisher College. First game is scheduled to start at 12:00 PM.