WATERVILLE, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington softball team split the two games of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Thomas College on Friday afternoon. The Beavers took the first game, 5-3, while the Terriers won the nightcap, 6-2.
The University of Maine at Farmington got to Thomas starter Kelsey Crowe early, tacking on a run in the first inning on a single by Emily Soule that drove in Shelby Bryant. A home run by Alyssa Eugley, then RBI singles by Lauren Hachey and Mary Ortiz in the third inning gave the Terriers a 3-1 lead.
The lead did not last long, as the Beavers responded in the top of the fourth with two runs coming on a Hannah Lust double that plated Dayle Jordan, and a Natasha DeRoche single that scored Lust. UMF added two more runs in the fifth and seventh, while keeping the Thomas bats at bay in route to a 5-3 victory.
Kelsey Crowe suffered the loss in the circle yielding five runs, while striking out four in seven innings pitched. Soule recorded the win for UMF going seven innings, giving up three runs with four strikeouts.
Bryant went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot for the Beavers, while Lust, Katie Clark, and Kennadi Grover each had a pair of hits. Alyssa Eugley and Courtney Veilleux were the only multi-hit Terriers, each going 2-for-4 in the losing effort.
Thomas scored first, plating home two runs in the first inning. Crowe reached first on an error by the center fielder that scored Eugley from second. Gabrielle Willey then walked with the bases loaded to score Veilleux.
The hosts added four more in the second, as Veilleux singled to left field that plated home Eugley, then Kelsey Crowe hit a two run homer to give the Terriers a 4-0 edge.
UMF was able to score a run in the fourth innings on a Grover double, then cut the Thomas lead in half the following innings with a Clark double. Terrier pitcher Faith Robinson was able to settle in a groove after that to hold on to the lead and earn a split in the doubleheader.
Robinson earned the victory, tossing all seven innings, striking out six. Kristen Manzo suffered the loss for UMF, yielding five earned runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Coutney Fowler pitched 4.2 innings of relief, giving up just three hits and no earned runs.
Veilleux was the lone mult-hit Terrier, going 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Amy Jones was 3-4 for the Beavers in the losing effort. Bryant went 2-for-4 in game two for Farmington, and finished the day 5-for-8 at the plate.
UMaine-Farmington will continue NAC play on Saturday, April 19, when it travels to Castine, Maine, to face Maine Maritime Academy. First pitch in game one of the twinbill is slated for 12:00 p.m.