CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) spun a gem scattering three hits over seven innings and did not surrender an earned run to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-1 win over the SUNY-New Paltz Hawks in its second game of the day to salvage a split. USM dropped a hard-fought 1-0 game to the Babson College Beavers in its first game.
With the split, Southern Maine stands at 5-3 overall. Babson improved to 5-3 with its win over the Huskies. SUNY-New Paltz slipped to 1-7 with the loss.
GAME ONE: Babson 1, Southern Maine 0
Freshman Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) stroked an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a scoreless game and deliver a 1-0 win for the Babson College Beavers over Southern Maine. Casey scored sophomore Leah Perez (Merrimack, N.H.) with her game-winning hit but was cut down for the first out of the inning trying to earn another base. Perez led off the inning with a single, and advanced to second on a passed ball. After the Perez run, USM junior Haeli Campbell (Manchester, N.H./Goffstown) settled down, and retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a ground out. USM earned one base runner in the top of the seventh after a one-out single from freshman Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine) but was unable to plate the equalizer.
. Freshman Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned the win in the circle for Babson firing a three-high shutout with one walk. Stock struck out five in the win. Southern Maine freshman Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) pitched the first five inning for the Huskies. She did not surrender a run and gave up five hits and three walks. Campbell took the loss allowing one run, unearned, on two hits.
GAME TWO: Southern Maine 3, SUNY-New Paltz 1
Senior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) and junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) each had RBI singles as part of a three-run first inning for the Huskies, and Kelly limited the Hawks to just three singles over five innings to earn the 3-1 victory.
Kelly struck out four and did not yield a walk in a strong effort in the circle for the Huskies. Kelly's one run against her was unearned and scored on a passed ball.
USM started the game hot with its first five batters reaching base safely on singles from Martin, senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy), Obert and Lux and a walk from junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). The Huskies' success at the plate chased out New Paltz starter Kiersten Carlomango (Commack, N.Y.) in the bottom of the first with just one out recorded. She was relieved by junior Lauren Cappello (New City, N.Y.). Carlomango was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 0.1 innings. Cappello fired the final 5.2 innings without yielding a hit. She struck out two.
Southern Maine is off on Thursday and returns to action on Friday against Allegheny (9:00 a.m.) and Hendrix (11:30 a.m.).