Thomas Softball Splits on Second Day of Spring Trip

Thomas Softball Splits on Second Day of Spring Trip

CLERMONT, Fla. --- The Thomas College softball team split a pair of games Tuesday as it continued its spring trip to Central Florida.

The Terriers (1-3) picked up their first win of the season with an 8-2 over Worcester State to open the day, then committed six errors to let a three-run lead slip away in an 11-6 loss to D'Youville (N.Y.).

Thomas 8, Worcester State (Mass.) 2
Junior Courtney Veilleux (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) had three hits and freshman Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.) and junior Sonja Morse (South China, Maine / Cony) drove in a pair of runs each to lead the Terriers.

Thomas grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when junior Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) rapped an RBI single up the middle that scored Morse from second base. Morse had reached on a walk earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

The Lancers threatened in the bottom of the first but stranded a pair of runners. 

Each team left a runner on base in the second and were retired in order in the third inning.

The Terriers added to their lead in the fourth inning. Laren knocked a single back up the middle to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a groundout by sophomore Jordanna Agger (South Portland, Maine / Wells). After a pop out put a second out on the board, senior Lindsy Hoopingarner (Richmond, Maine / Richmond) plated Laren with a single to center field.

After Thomas retired WSU in order in the fourth, the Terriers opened the fifth with five straight base hits, including an RBI single by Colpack. Morse helped her own cause with a two-RBI double to left that scored Colpack and freshman Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island). Another run crossed when Veilleux scored on an Agger sacrifice fly to push the lead to 6-0.

The Terrier lead grew to 8-0 in the sixth as Hoopingarner scored on a Colpack sacrifice fly and pinch hitter freshman Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union) scored on a double down the left field line by Veilleux. Hoopingarner had led off the frame with single to right and moved around to third on a LeBourveau double to center.

Worcester State tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the game. Taylor Daniels singled through the left side to lead off the inning and scored when Morse surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Hayley Terry. A second run came when Despres scored on a Marissa Avanzato RBI single.

After the Terriers were retired in order in the seventh, Morse worked around a leadoff single to wrap up the game.

Morse picked up the complete-game win in the circle, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. 

Veilleux finished with three hits for Thomas while Laren, Hoopingarner and junior Madison Bentz (Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township) had two hits apiece.

Zoe Haley was pegged with the loss after allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in four innings. Avanzato finished out the game for WSU, allowing two earned runs on three hits in three innings.

Daniels and Courtney Salisbury had two hits each to lead the Lancers.

D'Youville (N.Y.) 11, Thomas 6
D'Youville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the nightcap. Lydia Monin led off the game with a single to left field. Mackenzie Kehlenbeck followed with a bunt single. An errant throw by Lindsy Hoopingarner to first base on the play ended up down the right field line, allowing both Monin and Kehlenbeck to score.

Thomas responded with five runs in their opening effort at the plate as the first five Terriers all reached base. Freshman Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H. / Belmont) drove Lexi Colpack in with an RBI single to left field and Courtney Veilleux sprinted home on a passed ball before Hoopingarner doubled home both Korrie Laren and Contigiani.

Hoopingarner accounted for the final run of the frame, scoring on an infield single by Madison Bentz.

After a scoreless second inning, the Spartans plated a run in the third. After Monin reached on an error to lead off the inning, she scored on an RBI single by Lauren DeVantier.

Thomas matched the run in the bottom half of the frame as a Bentz RBI single up the middle plated Hoopingarner from second base.

An RBI single by Kehlenbeck in the fifth inning drew D'Youville within a pair of runs before exploding for seven runs in the sixth inning.

The Spartans tagged three Terrier pitchers with seven runs on six hits in the frame. 

D'Youville retired Thomas in order in the sixth and seventh innings to close out the game.

Bentz and Hoopingarner each went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for Thomas while Agger added a pair of hits.

Monin led the Spartans with three hits, two RBI and four runs scored, while Kehlenbeck was 3-for-4 with two hits and two RBI. DeVantier and Kalie McHenry added two hits apiece.

McHenry picked up the win for D'Youville, with nine strikeouts in four innings of three-hit, scoreless relief. 

Senior Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) took the loss for Thomas, allowing nine runs -- only one earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. Due to Thomas' six errors in the contest, only one of D'Youville's 11 runs was earned. Freshman Haley Littlefield (Mount Desert Island, Maine / Mount Desert Island) faced a pair of batters in the sixth in relief of Robinson. Junior Taylor Jordan (Kingfield, Maine / Mount Abram Regional) tossed the final 1 2/3 innings, scattering a pair of hits and striking out two.

The Terriers get an earlier start to their Wednesday than originally planned as scheduled games against Fredonia and RIT have been moved up one hour to noon and 2 p.m., respectively.