GORHAM, Maine –Senior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.), junior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomore Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine) each drove in four runs over two games to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a sweep of the Colby College Mules in a non-conference softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at the USM Softball Stadium. Southern Maine defeated Colby in five innings, 9-1 in game one, and then rallied for a 13-9 win in game two.
Earning its third consecutive win, Southern Maine is now 19-16 overall. The Huskies are 8-3 at home this season. Colby falls to 2-24 with the pair of losses.
GAME ONE: Southern Maine 9, Colby 1 (5 innings)
Senior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) earned her ninth win of the season in the circle for the Huskies in game one, allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk, while picking up three strikeouts. Kelly was 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring a run, as the Huskies rapped out 11 hits in the win.
USM took control in the bottom of the third breaking open a scoreless games with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Huskies used four hits and three Mule errors in the inning, including RBIs from Cross, Lux and sophomore Kayleigh Bohan (Bedford, N.H.). Lux's RBI double her 25thof her career, and ninth of the season.
Colby took back a run in the top of the fifth. The Mules used singles from senior Julia Saul (Palo Alto, Calif.) and junior Paige Hartnett (Andover, Mass.) to set up the scoring opportunity, before junior Wiley Holton (Dedham, Mass./Rivers School) singled in a run to break up the shut out.
The Huskies closed the game in the home half of the fifth scoring five runs to invoke the eight-run rule. Cross, Lux and Kelly each singled to lead off the inning, before Bohan drew an RBI walk. With the bases still full, freshman Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) drove a two-run double to center field to make it 7-1. After a line out to the pitcher, Martin stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a two-run triple to the left field gap for the 9-1 final.
Martin was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the game, while Bohan and Kenney each had a pair of RBI. Lux finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Saul took the game one loss for the Mules. She allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk in 4.0 innings pitched. Junior Holly Lallis (Gladstone, N.J.) pitched the final 0.1 inning, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.
GAME TWO: Southern Maine 13, Colby 9
Trailing 9-6 after four an a half innings, Southern Maine struck for five runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the 13-9 win. The Huskies collected 14 hits off of the Mules' pitchers, including seven hits in the fifth and sixth innings combined.
Davis was 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI in the win, while Cross was 4-for-5 with three RBI. Martin went 2-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI, collecting her team-leading fourth triple of the season.
USM took a 3-0 lead in its first at bat, led by a two-run triple from Davis and an RBI single up the middle from Cross; however, the Mules bounced back to tie the game up in the top of the second with three runs of their own. Capitalizing on a pair of dropped foul balls, Colby used two hits, three walks and a pair of USM errors to score all three of its runs on two outs. Lallis had an RBI walk, while Saul singled in a pair of runs in the inning.
After a scoreless third, USM jumped ahead 6-3 with another three-run inning. Martin had a fielder's choice RBI, while Davis and Cross each singled in a run. Southern Maine's lead was short lived however, as Colby plated six runs in the top of the fifth to claim a 9-6 lead.
With USM committing another pair of errors, Colby was able to push six runs across the plate on four hits and three walks, including another RBI single from Saul. The Huskies responded however to reclaim the lead in the fifth with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kenney led off the inning with a single to left field and then took two bases on an errant relay throw before crossing home plate on a failed pick off attempt to make it 9-7. Martin pushed across another run with a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt to score to score freshman Kathleen Rattazzi (Tuxedo, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) who reach with a walk and advanced on the pick off attempt to make it 9-8. With the bases loaded, Cross singled in the game-tying run through the left side, and was followed by another RBI single from Lux, also through the left side for a 10-9 USM lead. Bohan drove in the final run of the inning for an 11-9 Huskies' advantage with a single to left field before the Mules got the final two outs of the inning on infield pop ups.
Relief pitcher Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H.) worked her way around a single and an error in the top of the sixth to keep the Mules off of the scoreboard, and USM added to more runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 13-9. After a ground out, Martin laced a triple to the right field gap, and easily scored on Kelly's single to right field for an RBI. Kelly touched home for the Huskies' final run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field from Davis.
Greene earned the win for USM, pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. She allowed three hits and did not yield a walk while striking out one. USM's starter sophomore Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) pitched 4.2 innings allowing nine runs (one earned) on five hits and seven walks, while striking out five. Colby's Holton took the loss, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits and eight walks in 4.1 innings. Lallis pitched the final 1.2 giving up two earned runs on four hits.
Southern Maine hits the road for a Little East Conference doubleheader against conference leader Plymouth State University on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).
NOTES: Davis is now second in career RBI with 105, passing her sister Katie Davis' (2010-2013) 103 career RBI. The record of 110 is held by former All-American Julie Plant (1997-2000). Davis' 180 hits puts her at fourth all-time, while her 33 doubles had her tied for fourth with former three-time All-Region player Renee (Heath) Towne (2001-2004).
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