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Goode Fans 14 as Southern Maine Splits with UMass Dartmouth

Freshman pitcher Sammi Goode struck out a career-best 14 in USM's 2-1 win over UMass Dartmouth
Freshman pitcher Sammi Goode struck out a career-best 14 in USM's 2-1 win over UMass Dartmouth
GORHAM, Maine  – Freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) struck out a season and career-high 14 while tossing a two-hitter to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 win over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in the first game of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the USM Softball Stadium.  The Huskies fell in a 2-1 battle in the second game to settle for a split. 

            With the split, Southern Maine is 15-8-1 overall and 2-4 in the conference.  UMass Dartmouth, which entered the game on a three-game win streak, stands at 21-8 overall and 4-2 in the LEC.

GAME ONE: Southern Maine 2, UMass Dartmouth 1

            Goode spun a gem scattering two hits and four balls over seven innings en route to her fourth win of the season. Goode, the LEC's leader in strikeouts per game at 8.27 per seven innings, fanned a season and career-best 14 Corsairs in the win, besting her previous mark of 13.

            Sophomore Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) and junior Shelby Obert (Norridgewalk, Maine/Skowhegan) generated the offensive driving in both of the Huskies' runs in the bottom of the third.    With the score knotted at 0-0, USM sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) led off the inning with a double to left field.  After a pop out to the infield, Lux stepped to the plate and drove her fifth double of the season to nearly the same spot as Kelly to make it 1-0 USM.  With two outs following a foul out to the catcher, Lux advanced to third on a wild pitch and Obert knocked a single to shallow center field for the 2-0 lead.

            The score remained 2-0 in favor of USM through the fourth before the Corsairs trimmed the lead to one run in the top of the fifth.  Senior Rachel Carey (Holbrook, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) led off the inning with a triple to right center field, and crossed home plate on an grounder towards first from junior Abby Tremblay (New Bedford, Mass.).  Tremblay reached first safely when the ball was mishandled setting up a runner on first situation with just one out.  Goode battled back however and limited the damage getting a fly out to center field and a strikeout to end the inning.

            After the fifth, Goode did not allow a runner to advance past first base.  In the top of the sixth, Goode picked up two of her 14 strikeouts to start the inning and then bounced back from a walk with a fly out to center to end the threat.  In the top of the seventh, after yielding just her second hit of the game, a single to Carey, Goode picked up her final two strikeouts of the game and then an outfield fly for the win. 

            UMD sophomore Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) dropped just her fourth game of the season to stand at 11-4.  She allowed two earned runs on four hits.  She did not walk a batter and struck out one in the loss.

GAME TWO: UMD 2, Southern Maine 1

            Freshman Jill Miller (Freetown, Mass./Apponequet) went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI to lead the Corsairs over the Huskies in game two, while senior Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) earned the win in the circle allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks in seven full innings. 

            Locked in a scoreless game through four innings, Miller smacked a double to center field to drive in both of the Corsairs runs.  The Corsairs started the inning with a walk to Amanda  McHugh and a single up the middle from freshman Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass./King Phillip Regional).  A ground out to shortstop and a strike out left the Corsairs with runners on first and third and two outs before Miller came through in the clutch with her team-leading ninth double of the season.

            Southern Maine rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the UMD lead to 2-1.  Husky sophomore Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) led off the inning with a double to left field and then came around to score on a long single from Obert.  Obert's RBI single pulled her into a tie for the team lead in RBIs with Davis.  Both players have 18 RBI on the season.  Orton battled back for the Corsairs however and was able to work her way around a fielding error to retire the side and keep the Huskies at one run.  Orton remained in control in the bottom of the seventh to claim the victory retiring the Huskies in order on three consecutive ground-outs. 

            Kelly was the hard luck loser for the Huskies.  Dropping just her second game of the season to stand at 9-2, Kelly allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks.  Kelly struck out eight in the loss.

UP NEXT:

            Southern Maine hosts the University of New England in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday (12:00 p.m.).  UMD travels to WPI on Monday (12:00 p.m.) for a non-conference doubleheader.

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