WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College softball team fell to Husson 7-6, then defeated UMaine-Presque Isle 5-4 with Kayla Bess' (Madison, Maine) second walk off in as many days to advance to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
NAC TOURNAMENT GAME 4: Thomas 6, Husson 7
Olivia Smith drove in the game's first run when she singled Bri Brochu in to score in the bottom of the first. The Terriers answered the next inning when Katlyn Coulter (Jefferson, N.H.) hit a leadoff home run to tie it 1-1 in the second.
Thomas took the lead in the top of the third with a Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) sacrifice fly giving Thomas a 2-1 edge. Husson was quick to take back the lead in the bottom of the inning, With an Arika Brochu home run and Smith RBI single making it a 3-2 game.
Thomas took back the lead and put some distance between themselves and Husson in the fourth, scoring four runs to go up 6-3. Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) started the scoring with an RBI double, then Anna Piirainen (West Paris, Maine) scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3. Taylor scored on a throwing error following a Lauren Guppy (New Sharon, Maine) single, then a Bess sacrifice fly made it 6-3.
The Eagles tied the game 6-6 with a three-run home run by Smith. Husson got the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the sixth, with a Jen Jones single scoring the go ahead run to make it a 7-6 final.
Jones earned the win in the circle for Husson, pitching three perfect innings in relief of starter A. Brochu, who allowed three earned runs on eight hits in four innings.
Kelsey Currier (Cumberland, Maine) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in two innings of relief. Thomas starter Coulter allowed three runs with six hits in four innings.
NAC TOURNAMENT GAME 5: UMPI 4, Thomas 5
UMPI struck first in the top of the first with a Melanee Terry bringing in the game's first run to make it 1-0. Thomas evened it back up in the bottom inning when Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.) scored on a wild pitch. The score stayed tied until a Sarah Duncklee hit a solo shot in the fourth to put the Owls on top 2-1.
Thomas scored three in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, 4-2. A Colpack single brought Piirainen in to score, followed by a two-run single by LeBourveau giving Thomas the lead.
UMPI tied it back up once again in the top of the sixth when Terry hit a two-run home run to center to make it 4-4.
The Terriers ended it in the bottom of the seventh when Bess hit a dribbler down the third baseline that was fielded by the third baseman, who's throw to the plate was not in time to beat a diving Colpack as the Terriers went on with the 5-4 walk off win.
Coulter earned the complete-game win for Thomas, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Marissa Valdivia Reagle took the loss for UMPI, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings of work on five hits.
Thomas will take on Husson in the NAC Championship on Sunday, May 5. Game 6 is scheduled for 11:00 AM. If the Terriers win, they will force a winner-take-all Game 7 at 1:30 PM. The complete NAC Tournament schedule and results are listed below.
Friday, May 3
Game 1: No. 1 Thomas 4, No. 4 UMF 3 (8 Innings)
Game 2: No. 2 Husson 9, No. 3 UMPI 6
Saturday, May 4
Game 3: No. 4 UMF 0, No. 3 UMPI 1
Game 4: No. 1 Thomas 6, No. 2 Husson 7
Game 5: No. 3 UMPI 4 vs. Thomas 5
Sunday, May 5
Game 6: No. 1 Thomas vs. No. 2 Husson - 11:00 AM
Game 7: No. 2 Husson vs. No. 1 Thomas (if necessary) - 1:30 PM