BANGOR, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team dropped a pair of North Atlantic Conference games at Husson University, 1-0 and 16-0, Saturday at the O'Keefe Softball Complex.
The Beavers fall to 10-13 overall with the loss, 7-9 in the NAC, and will learn their post-season destination on Sunday. Husson improves to 24-9-1 overall, 15-1 in the NAC, and have secured the top seed for the upcoming NAC Tournament.
Game one was played at a frantic pace, lasting just over an hour with Husson taking the slim 1-0 win. Husson pitcher Amanda Ryan improved her season record to 7-3 in the circle, going seven innings allowing only four hits with four strikeouts.
Husson managed just four hits as well, but notched three of them in the bottom of the sixth to score the game's only run. Kelsey Livermore entered to hit for Amanda Ryan and singled through the right side of the infield. Malory Conary pinch ran for Livermore and advanced to second with one out on a Lona Sargent single. Courtney Hill loaded the bases with a bunt single towards the circle and sped down the line to beat out the throw. Aimee Mortensen flied out to left in the next at bat, scoring Conary for the 1-0 lead.
Farmington's best scoring opportunity came in the top of the sixth, when Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) laced a single into left field and advanced to second on a base hit by Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley). Ryan induced a pop-up to the catcher by Farmington pitcher Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) to get out of the inning.
Soule pitched a tough six innings for the Beavers, allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out two.
Ryan came back into the game for the seventh inning and sat down the Beavers 1-2-3 to seal the one-run victory.
The Husson bats got off to a quick start in game two, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first and eight runs an inning later.
The Eagles scored their 16 runs on 14 hits, four of which came off the bat of Sargent who went 4-4 in game two with five RBI, including a grand slam in the second inning. Melissa Souza, Victoria Overlock, and Mortensen all added two RBI in game two.