May 2, 2014

Husson Captures Sixth Straight Softball Title in Comeback Fashion

Husson University Softball Facing elimination, top-seeded and host Husson University needed three wins on the final day of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Tournament, and did so, twice in dramatic come-from-behind fashion in their final at-bat.

Castleton appeared poised to capture the program's first-ever North Atlantic Conference Championship, taking a lead into the sixth inning of both contests, but were unable to close it out as Husson won its sixth consecutive conference title with a 3-1 win in game one and then a 7-5 victory to complete the comeback.

In the first game Tori Fearon belted a one-out home run to give Castleton a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. Starter Kayla Wood then went to work, as did her counterpart Kayla Merrill. Neither allowed run through the first five innings, though Husson did leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.

The Eagles finally tied it up in the sixth on an error, but a double play ended the inning with no more damage done.

In the seventh Husson pulled off the comeback as Casey Lopes walked and advanced to second on a bunt. Nicole Andrade followed with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run to earn the 3-1 victory.

Wood took the loss, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits and three runs while walking three batters and striking three out.

The Eagles broke through first in the second game, scoring in the top of the second on a Jess Poulin RBI-single. Castleton responded in the bottom of the frame as Katie Gagne drove in a run on a fielder's choice and one out later Ruby Busheysingled home Stephanie Sylvester.

Husson tied it up in the third on a Chelsea Brennan single and it remained 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth. With two down, Fearon earned a single to the shortstop. Jessica Babcock followed with a two-run shot to put the Spartans in front 4-2.

In the top of the seventh the Eagles made their run, scoring five times with two outs to turn a two-run deficit into a 7-4 advantage. Lyndsay Merrill smacked a run-scoring double, and Casey Lopes brought home a pair of runs with a single to give the Eagles the lead. Haley Spiers added a pair of insurance runs with a double, which would prove to be the difference.

Trailing by three, Brooke Naylor led off the last of the seventh with a solo home run. Kristi Lawless doubled with one out, but Castleton was unable to put in the tying run on base as the team fell 7-5.

Gagne took the loss in the second game and allowed just six hits and two earned runs through the opening 6.0 innings. She finished with 7.0 innings pitched, seven runs, four walks and six strikeouts.

Jessica Babcock was 2-for-4 in the second game with that home run whileBrittany Brayman recorded a pair of hits in the opening contest.

NAC Softball All-Tournament Team

Andrea Williams – Johnson State
Hannah Lust – UMaine-Farmington
Alyssa Eugley – Thomas
Jena Finnegan – Lyndon
Kayla Wood – Castleton
Tori Fearon – Castleton
Stephanie Sylvester – Castleton
Jess Poulin - Husson
Amanda Ryan – Husson
MVP: Kayla Merrill - Husson

 

Friday, May 2

 

 

 

 

Husson 

8

Johnson St. 

RECAP

Castleton 

Lyndon

0

RECAP

Me.-Farmington 

0

Thomas

6

RECAP

Johnson St. 

2

Lyndon

6

RECAP

Saturday, May 3

 
 
 
 

Husson

7

Me.-Farmington

2

RECAP 

Castleton

9

Thomas

2

RECAP

Lyndon

8

Thomas

0

RECAP

Husson

1

Castleton

5

RECAP

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Lyndon

1

Husson

7

RECAP

Castleton

1

Husson

3

 

Castleton 5 Husson 7

 




May 3, 2014

Friday, May 2

 

 

 

 

Husson 

8

Johnson St. 

RECAP

Castleton 

Lyndon

0

RECAP

Me.-Farmington 

0

Thomas

6

RECAP

Johnson St. 

2

Lyndon

6

RECAP

Saturday, May 3

 
 
 
 

Husson

7

Me.-Farmington

2

RECAP 

Castleton

9

Thomas

2

RECAP

Lyndon

8

Thomas

0

RECAP

Husson

1

Castleton

5

RECAP

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Lyndon

vs.

Husson

10 a.m.

GAME 9

Castleton

vs.

Game 9 Winner

12 p.m.

GAME 10

Castleton vs. Game 9 Winner 2 p.m. GAME 11*

*If necessary

 

 

 




May 2, 2014

 

Friday, May 2

 

 

 

 

Husson 

8

Johnson St. 

RECAP

Castleton 

Lyndon

0

RECAP

Me.-Farmington 

0

Thomas

6

RECAP

Johnson St. 

2

Lyndon

6

RECAP

Saturday, May 3

       

Husson

vs.

Me.-Farmington

10 a.m.

GAME 5 

Castleton

vs.

Thomas

12 p.m.

GAME 6

 (If 4 teams remain after Game 6)

Lyndon

vs.

Game 6 Loser

2 p.m.

GAME 7

Game 5 Winner

vs.

Game 6 Winner

4 p.m.

GAME 8

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 8 Loser

10 a.m.

GAME 9

Game 8 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Winner

12 p.m.

GAME 10

If necessary – If Game 9 Winner wins Game 10

2 p.m.

GAME 11

 (If 5 teams remain after Game 6)

Saturday, May 3

 

 

 

 

Lyndon

vs.

Game 5 Winner

2 p.m.

GAME 7

Game 5 Loser

vs.

Game 6 Loser

4 p.m.

GAME 8

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Game 6 Winner

vs.

Game 8 Winner

10 a.m.

GAME 9

(If 2 teams remain after Game 9)

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Winner

12 p.m.

GAME 10

If necessary – If Game 7 Winner wins Game 10

2 p.m.

GAME 11

(If 3 teams remain after Game 9)

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Loser

12 p.m.

GAME 10

Game 9 Winner

vs.

Game 10 Winner

2 p.m.

GAME 11

 


 

 

April 29, 2014

Husson University has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Softball Championship. Winners of five-straight NAC titles, Husson finished the regular season at 12-2 in conference play and will host the six-team, double-elimination tournament beginning Friday, May 2.

The Eagles will open the tournament against sixth-seeded Johnson State who finished the conference slate at 5-9.

Second-seeded Castleton will play number five Lyndon in Game two, followed by third seed UMaine-Farmington and fourth-seeded Thomas. An elimination game featuring the losers of game one and two will cap the first day's action.

Action will continue through Saturday, May 3 and is set to conclude on Sunday, May 4.

Complete Schedule

 

Friday, May 2

 

 

 

 

Husson 

vs.

Johnson St. 

10 a.m.

GAME 1

Castleton 

vs.

Lyndon

12 p.m.

GAME 2

Me.-Farmington 

vs.

Thomas

2 p.m.

GAME 3

Johnson St. 

vs.

Lyndon

4 p.m.

GAME 4

Saturday, May 3

       

Husson

vs.

Me.-Farmington

10 a.m.

GAME 5 

Castleton

vs.

Thomas

12 p.m.

GAME 6

 (If 4 teams remain after Game 6)

Lyndon

vs.

Game 6 Loser

2 p.m.

GAME 7

Game 5 Winner

vs.

Game 6 Winner

4 p.m.

GAME 8

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 8 Loser

10 a.m.

GAME 9

Game 8 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Winner

12 p.m.

GAME 10

If necessary – If Game 9 Winner wins Game 10

2 p.m.

GAME 11

 (If 5 teams remain after Game 6)

Saturday, May 3

 

 

 

 

Lyndon

vs.

Game 5 Winner

2 p.m.

GAME 7

Game 5 Loser

vs.

Game 6 Loser

4 p.m.

GAME 8

Sunday, May 4

 

 

 

 

Game 6 Winner

vs.

Game 8 Winner

10 a.m.

GAME 9

(If 2 teams remain after Game 9)

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Winner

12 p.m.

GAME 10

If necessary – If Game 7 Winner wins Game 10

2 p.m.

GAME 11

(If 3 teams remain after Game 9)

Game 7 Winner

vs.

Game 9 Loser

12 p.m.

GAME 10

Game 9 Winner

vs.

Game 10 Winner

2 p.m.

GAME 11

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