WATERVILLE, Maine – Freshman Ashley Alward (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan) and junior Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) each turned in strong performances in the circle, and senior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) went 5-for-7 with three doubles over two games to lead the University of Southern Maine to a sweep of the Colby College Mules 6-2, 8-1 in a non-conference softball doubleheader.
The Huskies combined for 25 hits over the two games against the Mules, extending their win streak to four games. USM had 12 hits in its 6-2 win in the opener, including three for extra bases, and had 13 in the game-two victory.
Game One: Southern Maine 6, Colby 2
Game Two: Southern Maine 8, Colby 1
Records: Southern Maine 18-15; Colby 4-25
How It Happened:
Game One: USM 6, Colby 2
- Colby led 1-0 after a two-out RBI double to left field from L. Niemeic drove in A. Ketchum. Ketchum led off the inning with a double to right-center, and took third on a stolen base.
- The Huskies tied it up in the top of the second and then scored a run in the third and fifth innings to lead 3-1. USM's game-tying run was unearned as junior Ashley Tinsman (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led off with a single to start the second, advanced to second on a single from Brown and came around to score on a two-out fielding error.
- Tinsman put USM up 3-1 with a sacrifice fly RBI to center. Freshman Kaitlyn Nelson (Guildhall, Vermont/White Mountains) led off with a walk and moved into scoring position on the first of three doubles on the day from Cross. Tinsman drove in her second run of the game with an RBI single to left in the fifth, again scoring Nelson. Nelson had a one-out single to reach safely in the inning and moved to third on another double from Cross.
- USM scored two more in the sixth capitalizing on a double from sophomore Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine), a pair of stolen bases from Cross and junior Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine) and a wild pitch.
- Colby's Niemic singled in Ketchum for the Mules' second run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, but USM took it back in the top of the seventh on a pinch-hit RBI single to left field from junior Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla.).
- After giving up a one-out single in the bottom of the second, Alward retired 11 consecutive Mules until giving up Ketchum's single in the sixth. Alward earned the win pitching 6.2 innings. She allowed eight hits and did not walk a batter to allow pair of earned runs. She struck out four. Junior Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H.) got the final out for USM with a fly out to left.
- Colby's Wiley Holton took the loss allowing five earned runs (six total) on 12 hits and four walks in seven innings. She earned a pair of strikeouts.
- After a scoreless two innings, USM scored eight unanswered runs and went on to claim an 8-1 win.
- Brown pitched USM to the winning scattering four singles and three walks over 5.1 innings. Sophomore Madison Clowes (Waterville, Maine) pitched the final 1.2 innings allowing just a single to close out the game.
- Cross knocked a two-out, two-run double to right field to start the scoring for the Huskies. Cross' extra base hit scored Martin and Nelson who each had singles in the inning.
- USM had a three-run top of the fifth on a two-run single from Tinsman and a triple to center from Kenney to lead 6-0.
- The Huskies made it 8-0 in the sixth wwith an RBI ground out from Nelson and an RBI single from Brown.
- Colby broke up the shut out in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Emily Dougherty.
- Holly Lallis took the loss allowing five earned runs (six total) on 10 hits in five innings. Lucie Cunningham pitched the final two for the Mules allowing two earned runs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cross had 20 percent of the Huskies' 25 hits in the game, hitting .714 (5-for-7) over two games. Cross' three doubles has her 10thin USM career records with 30. She is tied for 17th in career hits with 122. Cross' steal in game one was just the second of her career.
- Kenney finished 5-for-8 (.625) with a pair of doubles and a triple.
- Nelson was 4-for-8 (.500) with four runs scored and an RBI.
- Clowes' relief appearance in the circle was the first of her career.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston on Thursday (3:00 pm) in a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Huskies' Tuesday non-conference doubleheader with St. Joseph's College has been postponed. No make up date has been announced.
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