WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College softball team swept the University of Maine at Farmington in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader on Friday afternoon, winning game one, 5-4, and game two, 4-3, in extra innings.
Game 1: Thomas 5, UMaine-Farmington 4
The Terriers took an early 1-0 in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Katlyn Coulter (Jefferson, N.H.). The Beavers answered with a big four-run inning in the second led by a bases clearing triple by Alyssa Dillan. Karen Flaherty followed with a RBI single to plate Dillan.
Thomas rallied with a run in second frame and two in the third to time the game up at 4-4. Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) started the comeback with an RBI single. Lauren Farina (Schenectady, N.Y.) tripled in the third to score Coulter, followed by Farina scoring on a ground out.
Later on in the bottom of the seventh, the Terriers got two runners on with one out. Kayla Bess (Madison, Maine) hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field to bring in Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) for the 5-4 win.
LeBourveau earned a complete game win on the mound for Thomas, allowing seven hits and four runs.
Brianna McGrath was given the loss in 6.2 innings, scattering 13 hits and five runs.
Game 2: Thomas 4, UMaine-Farmington 3 – 9 innings
After a scoreless first three innings, the Beavers struck in the fourth on a RBI single by Margaret Fogarty. The Terriers took over the lead in the fifth on a two-run homerun to deep center field from LeBourveau to take a 2-1 lead.
UMF tied the game late in the sixth to force extra innings, capitalizing on a Thomas throwing error to score Fogarty.
In the eighth inning, the Beavers took a one-run lead led by Fogarty again with an RBI single. The Terriers forced another inning in the bottom of the frame as Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.) beat a throw home after a dribbler to the pitcher.
The Terriers kept UMF off the board in the top of the ninth to keep the game at 3-3. With a runner on third and one out, Bess came threw with another walk-off as she ripped a single down the left field line to earn a 4-3 victory.
Coulter threw all nine innings for the Terriers in her eighth win of the season, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out five.
Kailyn Hill was given the loss in 8.1 innings, giving up four hits and two unearned runs.
The Terriers will travel to Husson on Tuesday for another conference doubleheader.