Beavers blanked by Thomas, 6-0, in NAC tourney

Beavers blanked by Thomas, 6-0, in NAC tourney

BANGOR, Maine – Fourth-seeded Thomas College posted four runs in the first inning and held that lead the rest of the way to upend third-seeded University of Maine at Farmington, 6-0, in the two teams' opening game of the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament, Friday afternoon at Husson University's O'Keefe Field.

UMaine-Farmington (14-13) will be facing elimination as it heads into its next game, a matchup with top-seeded Husson University on Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Thomas (15-14-1) will square off against Castleton State in Saturday's 12:00 p.m. contest.

Thomas took advantage of five walks and two hits issued in the first inning by UMaine-Farmington starter Emily Soule, including three straight walks to open the game. Korrie Laren laced a one-out single through the right side to plate two runs, and Taylor Bergeron rapped a base hit into right field to bring home another run for a 3-0 Terrier lead.

Bergeron crossed later in the frame on a wild pitch, extending the Terrier lead to 4-0.

Thomas added two more runs in the fourth, on a hit batsman, a walk, and two UMaine-Farmington errors.

The Beavers got runners aboard in each of the first five innings, but were unable to push any runs across and finished the game with 10 base runners left stranded.

Sophomore Hannah Lust went 3-for-3 at the plate and freshman Alison Hamilton recorded a pair of hits for the Beavers, while Shelby Bryant, Amy Jones, and Jillian Withee had one hit apiece.

Soule allowed just five hits and fanned three Thomas batters, but yielded seven walks and four earned runs and was charged with the loss. Terrier starter Kelsey Crowe picked up the complete game shutout win, despite surrendering eight hits and two walks.