Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

Southern Maine Sweeps UNE, 10-5 and 6-4

Huskies' 3B Shelby Obert was 3-for-6 with four RBI, and one run scored in USM's sweep of UNE.  She leads USM with 22 RBI this season.
Huskies' 3B Shelby Obert was 3-for-6 with four RBI, and one run scored in USM's sweep of UNE. She leads USM with 22 RBI this season.
GORHAM, Maine  – Junior Shelby Obert (Norridgewalk, Maine/Skowhegan) was 3-for-6 with four RBI, and senior Morgan Scavetta (Damariscotta, Maine/Lincoln Academy) was 2-for-4 with three RBI as the University of Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 25 hits en route to a non-conference doubleheader sweep of the University of New England Nor'easters.  Southern Maine took game one 10-5, and then held for a 6-4 win in the second game.

            With the sweep of the Nor'easters, Southern Maine extended its win streak to three games and improves to 17-8-1 on the season.  UNE saw its four-game win streak come to an end dropping its record to 19-9 overall. 

GAME ONE: Southern Maine 10, University of New England 5

             With the game tied at four runs each, Southern Maine used a six-run bottom of the fifth to claim victory in the opener.  The Huskies had led UNE 4-1 after three full, but the Nor'easters rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to pull even with USM.  The Nor'easters scored their three runs on five hits in the fourth, including three consecutive RBI singles from freshman Erin Walsh (Tewksbury, Mass.), seniors Amanda Vallante (Dracut, Mass.) and Kelly Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.). 

            Despite a pair of singles, USM went scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, and Huskies' sophomore Katelyn Tucker (Gray, Maine/Windham), who entered the game in relief of starter freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) in the previous inning, retired UNE in order in the top of the fifth keeping the game at a 4-4 stalemate. 

            With the Huskies' six, seven and eight batters due up, UNE swapped out starter Melissa Sprague in favor of Katelyn Austin to start the inning.  The Huskies collected two of their six hits in the inning on back-to-back singles from freshman Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble).  After a wild pitch, Kelly and Cross each moved up a base to make it runners on second on third with no outs before junior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) dropped a single into right field to break the tie and score Kelly.   Junior Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine/Bonny Eagle) hit a pinch-hit single through the left side, making it 6-4 USM, and senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) drew a walk to load the bases.  Still with no outs, Husky sophomore Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) drove in Crosman with an RBI single to left field for a 7-4 USM lead.  Sophomore Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) collected an RBI with an infield grounder and reached base safely on an UNE error, before Obert drove in two runs with a double for the 10-4 USM advantage.  After Obert's double, Sprague returned to the circle for UNE and retired the next three Husky batters in order.

            Tucker continued her strong relief effort in the circle in the top of the sixth working her way around a two-out single for a clean inning, and Sprague did the same, working her way around a lead off double from Crosman in the bottom of the sixth to keep it 10-4 USM heading to the top of the seventh.

            In the seventh, UNE was able to touch Tucker for one run on an two-out RBI single from junior Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.), but Tucker came back for the ending ground out and the win.

            Tucker earned the win for USM pitching 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three.  Goode, the Huskies' starter, allowed three earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. UNE's Sprague pitched 6.0 innings in the no-decision, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven.  Austin took the loss without recording an out in the sixth inning, allowing six earned runs on six hits and a walk.

            Obert was 3-for-3 with three doubles for the Huskies' in game one, while Davis was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

GAME TWO: Southern Maine 6, University of New England 4

             In game two, Scavetta drilled a three-run home run over the left field fence to notch her second home run of the season as part of a pivotal four-run third inning for the Huskies.  Kelly earned her team-leading 10th win of the season for the Huskies, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and two walks.  

            Following a scoreless one and a half inning, USM struck first for two runs in the bottom of the second.  Kelly led off the inning with a single, and then advance to third on a one-out double from Scavetta.  With two outs, Kelly came around to score on a wild pitch that also moved Scavetta to third before Caron laced a single into center field for an RBI and a 2-0 USM lead. 

            USM tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the third to widen its game to 6-0. The Huskies' started their rally with two outs, as a lead off single from Davis was cut down on a fielder's choice from Obert, and UNE pitcher freshman Syndee Bessler (Everett, Mass.) worked a fly out to center field from Pillar.  With a runner on first and one out remaining in the inning, Kelly helped her own cause with a double to left field for a 3-0 USM lead.  An field error made it runners on third and first in the next USM at bat before Scavetta launched a shot over the fence for three unearned runs and a 6-0 Husky lead.

             UNE took two runs back in the top of the fourth on a two-run single up the middle from freshman Andrea Gosper (Richmond, R.I.), and trimmed their deficit to 6-4 in the top of the fifth taking advantage of two USM fielding errors and an RBI single through the right side by Vallante, but the Huskies were able to regroup in each inning.  The Nor'easters looked to score more runs after Vallante's single in the top of the fifth, as UNE had no outs and runners on first and second, but a runner's interference call and an inning ending double play ended the threat.

            Bessler worked her way around a pair of singles in the bottom of the fifth, and had some help with a 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the sixth, while Kelly worked her way out of a three-hit top of the sixth to keep it 6-4 in favor of USM heading to the top of the seventh. In their final at bats, UNE's Vallante led off the inning with a laced single to right center field, but USM turned two on the next at bat, 6-4-3, and Kelly got a fly out to right field to end the game.

            Bessler fell to 4-1 with the loss for UNE.  Bessler allowed three earned runs (six total) on 11 hits in six innings.  She did not yield a walk and struck out two.   Vallante finished game two 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, while Gosper was 1-for-3 with two RBI. 

UP NEXT:

            Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference play and will face UMass Boston on the road this Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a doubleheader.  UNE hosts Bates on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. 

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