Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

Davis Walk Off Delivers Huskies a Split With LEC Leader Keene State

Huskies' sophomore Courtney Davis leads USM with 28 RBI.
Huskies' sophomore Courtney Davis leads USM with 28 RBI.
GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) drove in all three runs, including a two-run walk off single, as the University of Southern Maine Huskies rallied to defeat Little East Conference leader Keene State College Owls 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader and salvage the split.  In a pair of closely played games, Southern Maine fell to KSC 1-0 in game one.

            With the split, Southern Maine is 23-12-1 and 8-6 in the Little East.  USM is 9-3 at home this season.  Keene State clinched the top seed and regular season title with the game one win over the Huskies and is 20-14 overall and 11-3 in the Little East.

GAME ONE: Keene State 1, Southern Maine 0

         Senior Mariah Crisp (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) spun a three-hit shut out gem to lead the Owls to a 1-0 game one victory over Southern Maine.  Crisp was outstanding in the circle allowing just one walk against eight strikeouts to improve to 13-6 on the season.  Huskies' freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) fired a gem of her own, limiting the Owls to just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out 10, but the USM bats could not string together enough hits.

         With Crisp in control, the Owls scored the only run they would need in the top of the first. Goode recorded the first out of the game via the strikeout, before junior Kayla Votto (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug) laid down a perfectly placed bunt and stole second.  Another strikeout from Goode, had Votto on second with two down before senior Morgan Fallon (Reading, Mass.) laced a two-out RBI double into left field to make it 1-0 KSC.  Goode came back to end the inning recording her third strikeout of the inning.

         Crisp controlled the game, retiring the first nine Husky batters she faced in order, while Goode kept her team within reach over the next six innings.  The Huskies did not record a hit until the bottom of the fourth on a lead off double from senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) but Crisp ended the threat on a sacrifice bunt, a fly out and a strikeout.

         In the top of the seventh, Goode worked her way around a lead off single to give the Huskies one more shot in the home half of the inning.  Davis led off the inning with a single up the middle.  Crisp got the next two outs on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out, before yielding her first walk of the game on a double-digit at-bat from senior Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine/Deering), making it first and third with two outs.  With runners in scoring position, USM was unable to get the equalizer as Crisp forced a foul out to the catcher for the win.


GAME TWO: Southern Maine 3, Keene State 2

         In another outstanding Husky pitching performance, sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) earned her 12th win of the season, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in seven inning, while Davis finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate driving in all three USM runs.

         The Huskies' stranded five runners through four innings and trailed KSC 2-0 after the top of the fifth.  USM had runners on second and third with no outs after a lead off single to Davis, and a laced single to right field and a fielding error from junior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan), but were unable to score.

         In the top of the fifth, KSC scored both of its run on two hits and a Huskies' fielding error.  Freshman Molly St. Germain (Dover, N.H.) drove in the first run of the inning on an RBI fielder's choice, while senior Stephanie Long (Salem, N.H.) had an RBI single.  USM answered back with one run in the home half of the inning.  Caron hit a one-out double to center field and then came around to score on Davis' first RBI of the game on a triple to right field.

         The Owls looked poised for a big inning in the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles from Fallon and junior Jen Galavotti (Marian, Mass./Old Rochester), setting up runners on first and second with one out, before Huskies' freshman Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) made an outstanding defensive play to end the inning.  KSC's Sophomore Olivia Indorf (South Portland, Maine) laced a ball into the right center gap that was certain for extra bases and at least one run, but Cross made a spectacular diving catch to rob Indorf and then rocketed a throw to Caron covering second base to double off the runner and end the inning.

         The score remained 2-1 in favor of KSC headed into the Huskies' final at bats in the bottom of the seventh.  After one out, Cross reached on an infield error after sharply hitting the ball to the short stop before advancing to second on single up the middle from Caron.  Kelly loaded the bases with a single to left field setting up the play for Davis.  With one down and the tying run at third base, Davis took the first pitch she saw to the right center to earn the walk off win for USM. 


         Southern Maine will next play in the Little East Conference championship tournament beginning Tuesday, May 3.  Keene State is the top seed in the LEC championship and will also play on Tuesday, hosting the sixth seed.