April 30, 2011

Husson Claims Third Straight NAC Softball Title

The Husson University softball team won their third straight North Atlantic Conference Championship with a 6-0 win over the University of Maine at Farmington. Husson's Dottie Cameron led the Eagles to victory, contributing five of Husson's six runs, and was named the tournament MVP. The University of Maine at Farmington ends their season with an 12-19 record. With the Championship, the Eagles improve to 24-15 and receive the automatic qualifier to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Husson reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning when Kara Poirier hit an RBI single down the right field line that plated Sara Risser. Dottie Cameron led off the third inning for Husson with a homerun to left center field to lift the Eagles to a 2-0 lead over the Beavers. Maine Farmington's Amy Jones got the Beavers' first hit of the game in the top of the third with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt by Bri Webster plated Sara Risser to push the Husson lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Kaitlyn Bartlett singled down the right field line in the fourth inning and Samantha Morency singled to left field in the fifth to round out the hits for Maine Farmington.

The tournament MVP, Cameron, made a diving shoestring catch in left field in the top of the sixth inning, hit a two RBI triple to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning and then scored on a passed ball to give the Eagles what would become their final lead at 6-0.

On the mound, Kody Lyon pitched a masterful three hit shutout for the Eagles, while recording one walk and five strikeouts. Emma Vaillancoiurt received the loss for Maine Farmington for her six innings of work that consisted of five strikeouts, six runs, and ten hits.

Jones, Bartlett, and Morency recorded hits for the Beavers. Husson's Sarah Risser hit 2-3 with a double and three runs scored along with Poirier with a 2-3 effort and one run and RBI.

Head Coach Amanda Davey had this to say about her team: "Our entire pitching staff has gotten us through tough games all season. During the championship, our 1-9 lineup produced and there really were no holes in the lineup. I'm very happy with our offensive performance. With the upcoming NCAA tournament, we know what to expect and the level of competition will be very high. Upcoming games against Bates on Tuesday will help us prepare and we will remain focused for the next two weeks until the NCAA tournament begins."

2011 NAC Softball All-Tournament Team

MVP- Dottie Cameron, Husson (Sr., OF, Farmington, ME)
Sarah Risser, Husson (Jr., C, Brewer, ME)
Kody Lyon, Husson (So., P, Dalton, NH)
Amy Jones, Farmington (FR., IF, Augusta, ME)
Mykell Barnes, Farmington (Sr., C/IF, Durham, ME)
Emma Vaillancourt, Farmington (Fr., P, Saco, ME)
Samantha Moore, Thomas (So. Etna, ME)
Kelsey Crowe, Thomas (So., P/1B, Gorham, ME)
TBA, Maine Maritime
TBA, Maine Maritime

NAC Softball Championship  
 
First Round - Tuesday, April 26 at higher seeds  
 
BYE
 
at (1) Husson
 
 
BYE
 
at (2) Thomas
 
 
(6) Lyndon State
 1
at (3) Maine Maritime
 3
(5) Maine-Farmington  3 at (4) Castleton  1
 
 
 
Friday, April 29 hosted by Husson University
 
 
Game 1 – Husson 4, Farmington 3
 
Recap
Game 2 – Thomas 4, Maine Maritime 3
 
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Game 3  - Farmington 9, Maine Maritime 3
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Game 4 – Husson 6, Thomas 5 (9 inn)
 
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Saturday, April 30 hosted by Husson University
 
 
Game 5 – Farmington 8, Thomas 6
 
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Game 6 – Husson 6, Farmington 0  

 


April 26, 2011

Maine Maritime and Farmington advance to NAC Softball Tournament

Third seed Maine Maritime defeated sixth seed Lyndon State 3-1 to Advance to NAC semifinals. Read the recap

Lily Barry and McKell Barnes  hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning and Emma Vaillancourt out-dueled Taylor Lively in the pitching circle as fifth-seeded University of Maine-Farmington defeated fourth-seeded Castleton State College 3-1 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) softball quarterfinal action. Read the recap.

 


April 25, 2011

 

NAC Softball Championship Seeding Announced

Thomas and Husson tied atop the NAC softball standings following conference play. Using pre-determined, Husson University has earned the top seed in the upcoming NAC Softball Championship. The Eagles (12-2 NAC, 19-15 overall) earned a first round bye along with second seed Thomas college (12-2 NAC, 18-12 overall).

Third seed Maine Maritime (11-3 NAC, 17-6) will host sixth seed Lyndon State (4-10 NAC, 8-16) when first round action begins Tuesday, April 27. Fifth seed Maine-Farmington (5-9 NAC, 9-17) will travel to fourth seed Castleton (9-5 NAC, 16-18) in the other first round contest.

First round winners will advance to Husson for a double-elimination tournament with contests beginning Friday, April 29. Husson will meet the winner of Castleton and Maine-Farmington in the first contest on Friday at 10:00 am. Thomas would play the Maine Maritime/Lyndon State winner in the second game at 12:00 pm.

The top six teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NAC Softball Championship  
 
First Round - Tuesday, April 26 at higher seeds  
 
BYE
 
at (1) Husson
 
 
BYE
 
at (2) Thomas
 
 
(6) Lyndon State
 
at (3) Maine Maritime
 
 
(5) Maine-Farmington   at (4) Castleton  
 
 
 
 
Friday, April 29 hosted by Husson University
 
 
Game 1 – Castleton/Farmington vs. Husson
 
10:00 AM
Game 2 – Maine Maritime/LyndonState vs. Thomas
 
12:00 PM
Game 3  - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2   2:00 PM
Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
 
4:00 PM
 
 
 
Saturday, April 30 hosted by Husson University
 
 
Game 5 – Loser of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 3
 
12:00 PM
Game 6 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5   2:00 PM
 
       
 
Sunday, May 1 hosted by Husson University
 
 
Game 7 – If necessary
 
1:00 PM

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