CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) turned in a strong performance at the plate and senior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) earned the win in the circle as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Washington & Jefferson Presidents 11-5 in its first game of the day before falling 9-4 to the Clarkson University Golden Knights.
Southern Maine is 4-6 with the split. Washington & Jefferson dipped to 0-5 with the loss to the Huskies, while Clarkson moves to 2-8 with the come-from-behind win over the Huskies.
GAME ONE: SOUTHERN MAINE 11, WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON 5
Kenney went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI to pace a 15-hit Southern Maine attack in its 11-5 win over Washington & Jefferson. Sophomore Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine), and Kelly collected three and two hits each, while Kelly drove in a pair of runs. Junior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was 1-for-2 at the dish drawing a pair of walks and collecting three RBI, and scoring two runs. Kelly earned the win in the circle, pitching 5.1 innings. She allowed five earned runs on 13 hits and did not yield a walk. She struck out four.
The Huskies led 7-0 after two full innings to take control early. Cross earned an RBI ground out in the first, while Kenney hit her second collegiate home run to drive in a pair for a 3-0 lead after one. In the second, Kelly had an RBI fielder's choice, while Cross had a two-run single up the middle, before coming around to score on a Kenney single and a throwing error for four runs in the second.
Playing catch up, Washington & Jefferson made it 7-3 after the top of the third on a three-run home run to left field by Addy Helfrich, but USM tacked on two more runs in the home half of the inning on RBI singles from Martin, and Kelly for a 9-3 Huskies' advantage. The Presidents again cut into their deficit in the top fourth to make it 9-4 with an RBI double to center field from Rachel Johnson.
USM remained in front and added two more runs to its total in the bottom of the fifth as Kenney added a two-run double to her line scoring Martin and Cross. Headed into the sixth Washington and Jefferson used back-to-back one-out doubles to chase Kelly out of the game. USM put sophomore Rebecca Ackerson (Whitefield, Maine/Hall-Dale) in relief of Kelly, and after allowing one run on Washington & Jefferson's third straight double of the inning, Ackerson settled in and earned a strikeout, and a ground out to end the threat with runners on second and third.
USM went quietly in the bottom of the sixth leaving junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) unused after lead off single, but Ackerson came back strong in the top of the sixth with a strikeout, foul out to the catcher and a fly out to center to close the game. Ackerson pitched 1.2 innings allowing one hit, while striking out two.
Washington & Jefferson used three pitchers in the game. Starter Kristen Fuertes took the loss after 0.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits, including Kenney's home run. Kaitlyn Janos pitched the next 2.1 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk, before Taylor Andres finished the final 3.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks.
GAME TWO: CLARKSON 9, SOUTHERN MAINE 4
Michele Winn hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth to put the exclamation point on an eight-run inning as the Clarkson University Golden Knights rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 9-4 over the Huskies. Danielle Whitham, Summer Lancette, and Bridget Woolley each had RBIs in the inning for Clarkson.
Tied at 1-1 through three innings, USM took the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run double from Lux. Lux's double was her second of the season, and marked her eight and ninth RBIs of 2018. The Huskies tacked on one more run in the top of the sixth on a pinch-hit single from freshman Katie Favaloro (Rockport, Mass.) and a Clarkson throwing error.
Trailing 4-1, Clarkson used three hits, four walks and a pair of Husky fielding errors to rally for the win.
Southern Maine remains in action on Monday for its final two games in Florida. USM faces MCLA (9:00 a.m.) and Elmhurst (11:30 a.m.).