CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) drove in six RBIs on a 4-for-9 effort at the plate over two games and junior Haeli Campbell (Manchester, N.H./Goffstown) earned a pair of wins in relief to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team to a pair of wins Tuesday afternoon at Legends Way field. Southern Maine defeated Oberlin College 6-3 in their first game, and rallied for a 9-6 win over Hamilton College in its second game.
With the sweep, Southern Maine earns its third consecutive win and improves to 4-2 overall. Oberlin is 3-7 with its loss to the Huskies. Hamilton suffering its first loss after a two-game win streak is 5-8.
GAME ONE: Southern Maine 6, Oberlin 3
Caron went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple to drive in four runs to lead the Huskies to a 6-3 win over Oberlin. Caron cranked out a bases-clearing double to the left field gap to put USM's first three runs of a five-run second inning across the plate. Senior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) was responsible for the Huskies' next two runs with a two-run triple down the right field line.
Oberlin took back three run in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-3 USM lead, led by a two-run single down the right field line from senior Grace Evans (Arlington, Va./HB Woodlawn). Evans' RBI single was followed by a bases-loaded walk issued by USM starter freshman Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.). Brown was then relieved in favor of Campbell. With the bases loaded and one out, Campbell worked her way out of the jam with the assistance of a fielder's choice play to get the runner out at home, before earning an inning-ending ground out with USM still up 5-3.
Both teams were scoreless for the next three innings. USM tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Caron laced a triple down the right field line to score freshman Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine). Martin reached safely in the inning with a one-out single to left field.
Brown earned a no decision firing 2.1 innings allowing three earned runs (five total) on five hits and three walks. She had two strikeouts. Campbell earned the win pitching 4.2 innings. She did not yield a hit and gave up just one walk, while striking out six.
GAME TWO: Southern Maine 9, Hamilton 6
Trailing the Hamilton College Continentals 5-2 after five innings of play, Southern Maine rallied for seven runs in its final two at bats to secure a 9-6 win. The Huskies scored five runs on four hits, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a throwing error in the top of the sixth to go ahead of Hamilton 7-5, and then tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Caron and senior Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to pace the Huskies. Martin continued her strong play going 2-for-3 on a pair of singles and a walk, adding an RBI.
Hamilton scored a single run in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Senior Daphne Assimakopoulous (Belmont, Mass.), sophomore Delaney Nicol (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) and freshman Sophia Cerreta (San Mateo, Calif./Aragon) each had RBIs for the Continentals in the first, second and third inning respectively.
USM took two back in the top of the fourth on RBIs from Martin and senior Samantha Crosman to make it a 3-2 deficit, but Hamilton bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Ursula Castiblanco (Leonia, N.J.) had an RBI double in the inning for the Continentals.
Facing a three-run hole, USM overtook the Continentals in the top of the six. Junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) drew a lead off walk, and Martin singles to give USM two base runners, before Pillar connected on an RBI single through the left side to bring USM to a 5-3 deficit. Junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had an RBI fielder's choice to score Martin to make it 5-4 with one out. Caron then drove in two more runs for the Huskies to take the lead with two-run single to left center field, before junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) capped the scoring with an RBI single for a 7-5 Huskies' lead.
Pillar collected another RBI in the top of the seventh with a single, while freshman Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla./South Plantation) collected her first collegiate RBI with a sacrifice fly to put USM ahead 9-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Hamilton led off the inning with a double from Cerreta, before Campbell earned back-to-back outs in the air. The Continentals responded with back-to-back singles from junior Phoebe Collins (New Castle, N.H./Portsmouth) and freshman Caitlin Berreitter (Simi Valley, Calif.) to earn a run and trail 9-6, but Campbell bounced back for the final out and the win.
Campbell pitched 2.1 innings of relief to earn the win. Entering in the fifth inning, Campbell allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. Kelly, the Huskies' starter, pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs (five total) on 11 hits. She struck out four. Hamilton relief pitcher Zoe Singer (Ridgewood, N.J.) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 2.2 innings pitched.
Southern Maine faces Babson College (9:00 a.m.) and SUNY-New Paltz (2:00 p.m.) on Wednesday.
Freshman Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine) is 6-for-14 through her first six intercollegiate games and is batting a team leading .429 … Senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) is batting .381 with a team leading nine RBI, and has three doubles and a double for a .619 slugging percentage … Junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) is batting .348 and has thrown out five runners through six games.