BANGOR, Maine – The Eagles swept the Falcons at home on Saturday capturing an 8-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader, followed by a 7-0 shutout. The games were played on a more unfamiliar surface since the softball field is still recovering from all of the snow and rain, the women competed on Boucher Field where soccer and lacrosse typically play.
Game 1: Husson 8, Fisher 3
Husson (14-8) started off the scoring early in the first, as Morgan Coleman picked up an RBI off of a double smacked into the outfield, scoring Olivia Smith.
Nicole Andrade kicked off the bottom of the second with a bunt. She then went on to steal all the way to third while Casey Lopes took several balls leading to a walk to first. The Falcons (1-13) let a couple of errors slip, allowing Brianna Bires to advance to third off a single up the middle, letting both Andrade and Lopes score. Shortly after, Chloe Gorey sent both Bires and Briana Brochu home off of her single through the middle of the infield.
The Eagles were on a roll going into the bottom of the fourth; Sarah Bragg shot a hard double for the RBI scoring B. Brochu who made it home for her second time in a row. Smith stepped up to the plate and smashed the ball over the left field fence for a 2-run homer.
Husson held Fisher scoreless up until the fifth inning when their offense began to fight back scoring Morgan Selmi off a hit by Taylor Rowley who reached first on a throwing error. Rowley then continued around the base path off of a double hit by Kristina Brown.
The Falcons made one last attempt at a comeback in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly by Rowley to score Selmi, before being shut down by the Eagles to close out the first game 8-3.
Courtney McIntyre captured the win for Husson pitching all seven innings while only allowing one earned run, one walk, and striking out three batters. As for Fisher, Mikayla Zimmerman also pitched the entire game, tossing in five walks, one strikeout, and six earned runs.
Game 2: Husson 7, Fisher 0
Olivia Maynard picked up the win in the second game for Husson helping her team get the shutout while only letting through two hits, one walk, and tossing two batters out in the first four innings. Arika Brochu closed out the final three innings adding on four more strikeouts, plus only allowing one hit and one walk.
The Falcons had Rowley pitch the whole game as she struck out two batters, and let three walks slip through plus four unearned runs.
The Eagles started off scoring in the first again with B. Brochu reaching home off of a hit by Tamara Aunchman who unfortunately took the out at first off of fielder's choice. A couple innings later, Kasey Poligni stepped in to pinch run for Maynard in the fourth who shot a double to center. Poligni continued on to score off an error. Another error later in the bottom of the fifth, and two more runners scored for Husson.
The Eagles picked up their final runs in the sixth inning as B. Brochu snuck home on a wild pitch. With the bases empty and two outs, Smith stepped up to the plate and smacked a triple directly down the right field line followed by a walk for Aunchman. Kylie Kennedy copied Smith, but sent a hard triple to the fence out in center field scoring both players on base for two RBI's.
Offensively for the Eagles, B. Brochu was very patient in the batter's box picking up four walks on the day helping her make it home four times. Smith contributed immensely with her homerun, triple, and two RBI's. With impressive base running skills, Andrade gathered up four stolen bases by the end of the day while B. Brochu also had three.
The Eagles will be taking on the UMaine-Farmington Beavers at home on Tuesday, April 11th with the first game of the doubleheader at 3pm and second game at 5pm.