Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

Southern Maine Splits Again Vs. Husson 7-3, 0-1

Junior Brooke Cross hit her first home run of the season in USM's 7-2 win over Northwestern.
Junior Brooke Cross hit her first home run of the season in USM's 7-2 win over Northwestern.
            BANGOR, Maine   – Junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, and freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H.) fired a four-hit gem to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to 7-3 win over the Husson University Eagles in the first game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at the O'Keefe Field.   USM fell to Husson 1-0 in the nightcap.

            With the split, Southern Maine stands at 11-12 on the season.  Husson is now 18-7.  The Eagles' 7-3 loss to the Huskies in game one of the series halted a six-game win-streak for the Eagles.

            GAME ONE: Southern Maine 7, Husson 3

             Greene earned her second consecutive win of the season for Southern Maine going the distance allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out seven Husson batters to lead the Huskies to the win.  Lux led a 10-hit attack for the Huskies, and was one of three to hit for extra bases.  Sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, including a solo shot over center field for her first home run of the season.  Senior Allison Pillar (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) each and an RBI. 

            Tamara Aunchman collected two of Husson's four hits in the game, including a three-run home run in the top of the fourth to account for all of the Eagles' runs.  Alannah Healy was saddled with the loss allowing five runs, none earned, on three hits in 3.0 innings.  Arika Brochu pitched the final four innings for Husson, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. 

            After a scoreless first, Pillar doubled in the Huskies' first run of the game, and then came around to score on one of two Husson fielding errors in the top of the second.  The score remained unchanged until the fourth when USM snagged a 5-0 lead on an RBI single from Davis, and a two-run double from Lux.  Husson answered back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own to cut the USM lead to 5-3.  Aunchman launched her home run to left field to plate all three of Husson's runs. Greene bounced back from the misstep, however, and closed the inning decisively with back-to-back strikeouts. 

            After a scoreless fifth, USM added another run in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-3 lead as Lux continued her strong hitting with a double down the left field line to score classmate Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble).  Kelly led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Greene worked her way around a sixth inning Husson single to keep in 6-3, before Cross blasted her first home run of the season for the 7-3 final score.  In Husson's final at bat, Greene sat the Eagles down in order to improve to 3-1 on the season. 

            GAME TWO: Husson 1, Southern Maine 0

             Husson starter Jen Jones scattered five hits and a walk over seven innings, and Brianna Bires stroked an RBI single in the bottom of the third to earn an 1-0 shut out victory for the Eagles.  Bires improved to 4-4 and did not give up anything but singles in the victory to improve to 1-1 and preserve the split for Husson.

            Southern Maine's Kelly was the tough luck loser despite turning in a fantastic performance in the circle holding Husson to one earned run on four hits and three walks, while striking out two.  Lux, Cross, Pillar and Davis each had singles for USM. 

            Husson scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the third.  Casey Heath led off the inning with an infield single and the advance to second on a passed ball.  Heath then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Casey Lopes before Bires slotted the ball through the left side for an RBI single. 

            USM threatened for the equalizer in the top of the sixth when Lux led off with an infield single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. One batter later, Lux went to third after a dropped foul ball, but was then picked off at third to end the threat.

UP NEXT

            Southern Maine heads to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference doubleheader and then returns home for another conference doubleheader versus Rhode Island College on Sunday (1:00 p.m.). 

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