CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) went 5-for-8 and threw out five runners from behind the plate to highlight the University of Southern Maine Huskies' softball split in its opening games at the RussMatt Softball Spring Break games in Clermont, Fla. Southern Maine won its opener 6-5 against Carleton, and then suffered a 4-2 set back against D'Youville.
Southern Maine, playing outdoors for the first time this season, starts its 2017 season at 1-1. Carleton suffered its first loss of the season with its loss to the Huskies to stand at 3-1, while D'Youville evened out its record to 1-1 with the win over USM.
GAME ONE: Southern Maine 6, Carleton 5
Southern Maine scored five runs in the first two innings and then held off a late charge from the Carleton College Knights to earn the 6-5 win. Davis went 4-for-4 at the dish with two runs batted in. The Huskies collected 11 hits in the game as junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) and seniors Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) and Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each had two hits. Caron had two RBI, while Lux added one. Senior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) also had an RBI.
USM went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first on three hits, including an RBI single from Obert. Obert drove in Caron with her single to left field after Caron reached on a single and advanced to third on a double from Davis. The Huskies tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second banging out four hits, including a two-run double from Caron.
The Knights pulled to within two runs of USM in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. Junior Katie Eppard (Pleasanton, Calif.) had an RBI double, while sophomore Sam Kile (Elk Grove, Calif.) and senior Mia Orans (San Francisco, Calif.) each knocked in a run with an RBI single.
USM took one run back in the bottom of the fifth on Davis' second RBI of the game, an single to center field, scoring senior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood).
Carleton continued to battle and scored two runs in the top of the sixth to trail USM by a single run, 6-5. The Knights scored both of their runs in the sixth taking advantage of a fielding error, two walks, a hit by a pitch, two wild pitches and a passed ball. USM was unable to score in the bottom of the inning to give itself some breathing room, but was able to get out of the seventh unscathed for the win.
Freshman Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) earned the win, firing five innings. Brown allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks, collecting two strikeouts. Freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, NH/Moultonborough Academy) earned the save pitching two innings of relief. She did not allow an earned run, and collected the final two strikeouts of the game to secure the win. Sophomore Emily Boxrud (Red Wing, Minn.) took the loss for Carleton allowing five earned runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.
GAME TWO: D'Youville 4, Southern Maine 2
The D'Youville Spartans scored four runs in the first inning and then held off the Huskies to earn the 4-2 win. The Spartans took advantage of a Husky fielding error and a three-run triple from senior catcher Ashley Colan (Grand Island, N.Y.) to score its four runs.
Trailing 4-0 after the first, Southern Maine scored one run in the top of the second and the top of the third but could not pull even with D'Youville in the loss. Crosman drove in the Huskies' first run of the game with an RBI double to right field, while Obert had an RBI double in the third.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Dymond (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West) earned the win for D'Youville allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over seven innings. Junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) was the hard-luck loser allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
Southern Maine faces Worcester State (9:00 a.m.) and Elmhurst (11:30 a.m.) on Saturday.