JOHNSON, VT - The Thomas softball team swept Johnson State in their regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader. The Terriers won game one 3-2 in 10 innings, and won game two 18-3 in just five innings.
Thomas finishes out the regular season with an overall record of 14-21, while finishing in third place in the conference with an 8-4 mark. Johnson drops to 8-14 and 3-9 in conference and will miss the post-season.
The Terriers received a strong pitching outing from Sonja Morse as it took extra innings to defeat the Badgers 3-2 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Thomas scored the game's first run in the second inning, Emily McKenney grounded out but drove home Korrie Laren on the play. The Terriers kept the 1-0 advantage until the bottom of the seventh. Sarah Voorhis singled to bring Anna Bingham home to tie the game. With the run, the two teams headed into extra innings.
The Terriers saw Briana Warren come home after a Johnson error to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning. But the Badgers came back and answered the Terriers' run with their own when Kristy McDonnell singled to bring Jennie Moore home, tying the game 2-2.
In the top of the 10th, Thomas scored off of another glove error by the Badgers when Jordan Agger-Barnes came around to break tie once again. Morse silenced Johnson's bats in the bottom of the thre inning to take the 3-2 win.
Morse went the distance for the Terriers, pitching 10 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out a season-high 14 Johnson batters. Andrea Williams was saddled with the loss after allowing just three hits and three runs.
Thomas clubbed out 18 runs on 18 hits and went on to an easy 18-3 win in five innings to sweep the doubleheader over Johnson.
The Terriers found themselves ahead early when Alyssa Eugley knocked out a two-run homerun, her second on the year, to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Johnson offense responded in the bottom of the inning to tie things up 2-2 by the end of the second. Thomas earned three runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth to take a commanding 9-2 lead. Six different Terrier batters collected a RBI.
The Thomas bats stayed hot, as they brought in another nine runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by the first-career homeruns for Sonja Morse and Jordan Agger-Bares to put Badgers in a big hole at 18-3, which proved to be the final.
Emily McKenney pitched four innings to earn the win, recording two strikeouts. Warren, Morse, Eugley and Taylor L. Johnson all had two RBI's and six different Terriers had multi-hit games.
Thomas enters the NAC Tournament as the third-seed, and will take on second-seeded Husson on Friday, May 1 at 12:00 PM. The double-elimination tournament will be hosted by top-seeded Castleton.