With the split, Southern Maine finished its 12-game slate in Florida with an outstanding 9-3 record. The Huskies' 9-3 start is their best since the 2004 season when the Huskies were also 9-3 through their first 12 games of the season. The 2004 team finished with a 33-11-1 record and was 8-2 in its Florida games. Playing in its first game of the season, Middlebury starts 2016 at 1-0. Oberlin is now 0-15 with the loss.
GAME ONE: Middlebury 3, Southern Maine 2
Freshman Kati Daczkowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Moon Area) singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning and Middlebury College held off the Huskies over the next three innings to earn a 3-2 victory in its season opener.
The Panthers took advantage of three walks, two wild pitches and a pair of singles to plate two runs in the home-half of the fourth to overcome a 2-1 deficit and take the lead. The Panthers threatened for more runs in the inning with the bases loaded following Daczkowski's run-scoring single but USM sophomore catcher Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) picked off the Middlebury runner at third base to end the threat.
After a quiet fifth inning on both sides, Southern Maine looked to have something going in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs, but Panther freshman Allison Quigley (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) was able to get the final out on a strikeout to keep her team ahead 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Middlebury had a two-out base runner following a single from freshman Ali Della Volpe (Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle), but Davis again flashed a strong arm throwing out Della Volpe on an attempted steal to send the Huskies' to the top of the seventh trailing by one run, 3-2.
Southern Maine threatened in the top of the seventh after a one-out double to center field from Davis but a pair of sharply hit fly balls ended the inning. Quigley earned the win pitching seven innings allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks. She struck out six. Huskies' freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) was the hard-luck loser allowing three earned runs on five hits and five walks. She struck out a season-high eight.
GAME TWO: Southern Maine 8, Oberlin 6
With the game knotted up at three runs each heading to the bottom of the fifth, Scavetta picked an opportune time to connect for her first intercollegiate home run to give the Huskies' a 6-3 cushion over Oberlin and help lead her team to victory.
Southern Maine led the Yeoman 3-2 through four innings as junior Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) drove in her eighth run of the season with a double to the right-center gap to score classmate Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood). Crosman led off the inning with a single. The Yeoman fought back, however, tying the score at three in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back one-out singles from freshman Izzy Gonzalez-Velarde (Livermore, Calif./Granada) and junior Grace Evans (Arlington, Va./HB Woodlawn) started the rally. Gonzalez-Velarde stole second and then came around to score on a throwing error to tie the game before USM ended the inning with a ground out and a fly out.
USM answered back in the top of the fifth with back-to-back singles from seniors Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's Academy) and Kat McKay (Mechanic Falls, Maine/St. Dominic's Academy) setting up first and third. The Yeoman got the next two batters on ground outs before Scavetta launched a shot over the left-center field fence for the 6-3 USM lead.
USM tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Caron nailed a two-run triple to center field to score Davis and sophomore Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) to snag an 8-3 lead. Lux led off the inning with a double, while Davis singled to center field.
Oberlin attempted a rally in the top of the seventh with back-to-back singles after the first out of the inning followed by a three-run home run from Evans, but Husky starter sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) ended the game with a ground out and a strikeout for the final.
Kelly improved to 6-1 with the win, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six. Oberlin starter freshman Hanna Rasmussen (Oberlin, Ohio) took the loss pitching five innings and allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk. Freshman Kat Ladouceur (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada/Charles P. Allen) pitched the final inning allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Southern Maine returns to Maine and will face the Bates College Bobcats in a non-conference doubleheader at home on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).