STANDISH, Maine – Sophomore Kate Whitney (Jonesboro, Maine/Ellsworth) scattered five hits over seven inning of work to lead the St. Joseph's College (Maine) Monks to 4-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader as the Monks took two games from their in-state opponents Thursday afternoon. SJC defeated USM 4-1 in game one and held off the Huskies 5-3 in game two for the sweep.
With the sweep, St. Joseph's College improves to 4-8 overall, and snaps a two-game losing streak. Southern Maine, which entered the doubleheader on a two-game win streak, is now 6-8 with the pair of losses.
GAME ONE: St. Joseph's 4, Southern Maine 1
Whitney did not a walk a batter, picked up a pair of strikeouts and help the Huskies to a lone earned run in a solid performance in the circle for the Monks. Allowing just five singles in the contest, USM finished 5-for-25 at the plate.
SJC took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from junior Katie Chadbourne (Jaffrey, N.H./Conant). The Huskies rallied to tie the game at one run each in the top of the fourth. USM junior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) led off the inning with a single and moved to third on back-to-back ground outs before coming around to touch home plate on an wild pitch. SJC responded quickly however in the home half of the fourth with two runs on another RBI single from Chabourne and Huskies' error for the 3-1 lead.
Despite collecting a pair of hits in the fifth, USM was unable to add to its run tally, and the Monks added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Whitney continued to pitch strong for the Monks and retired the Huskies in order in the top of the sixth and seventh. With the win, Whitney improved to 3-2 on the season.
Southern Maine starter senior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. She struck out three in five innings. Sophomore Rebecca Ackerson (Whitefield, Maine/Hall-Dale) finished the game, pitching an inning, allowing one earned run on two hits.
GAME TWO: St. Joseph's 5, Southern Maine 3
Junior Melodie Bailey ripped a two-run triple in the bottom of the first as part of a three-run inning for the Monks and SJC held off a late surge from Southern Maine to complete the sweep.
The Huskies got on the board first and took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first. Sophomore Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine) hit a lead off single to center, and came around to score on a single from freshman Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) and a wild pitch, but SJC countered with its three-run bottom of the first to assume control.
SJC remained in front 3-1 through three and a half innings before tacking on another pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-1 advantage. Sophomore Madisyn Charest (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) had an RBI single in the inning for the Monks.
After a scoreless fifth inning, USM remained behind the Monks by four runs before freshman Lauren Gasaway (Old Town, Maine) knocked in senior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) with an RBI ground out. Lux led off the inning with a triple to center field for one of her two extra base hits in the game.
Trailing 5-2, USM kept SJC off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and then pulled two within two runs of SJC in the top of the seventh. Martin led off the inning with her first intercollegiate home run. Cross drew a one-out walk two batters after Martin, but SJC reliever Caitlyn King was able to get the final two outs for the 5-3 final.
USM starter Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in 3.2 innings of work. Sophomore Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy) closed the game for USM allowing one hit and picking up a strikeout in 2.1 innings pitched.
Martin finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.
Southern Maine returns to action this weekend at Eastern Connecticut State (1:00 p.m.) for its season-opening Little East Conference doubleheader.
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