Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

Huskies and Colonials Split LEC Doubleheader: GM 1 - WestConn 7 USM 2; GM 2-  USM 2 WestConn 1

Huskies and Colonials Split LEC Doubleheader: GM 1 - WestConn 7 USM 2; GM 2-  USM 2 WestConn 1

 

 

 

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Junior Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) threw a solid seven innings, scattering four hits and four walks, to earn her 10th win of the season and lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 win over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Sacred Heart University Stadium.  The game was moved from WestConn due to field conditions. 

            With the 2-1 win in game two, Southern Maine bounced back to earn the split after dropping a 7-2 loss to the Colonials in game one.  The game one loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Huskies, but USM has won seven of its last eight games.

 

THE BASICS

Game One: Western Connecticut 7, Southern Maine 2

Game Two: Southern Maine 2, Western Connecticut 1

Records: Southern Maine (21-16, 8-8 LEC); Western Connecticut (18-14, 6-8 LEC)

 

How It Happened: 

Game One: Western Connecticut 7, Southern Maine 2

  • With the game tied up at 2-2 headed to the bottom of the third, Western Connecticut scored a pair to take the lead and went on to score five unanswered runs for the 7-2 win. 
  • USM trailed 2-0 after the first following a two-run homer from WestConn's Annie Rosa, but rallied to even the score in the top half of the third. USM took advantage of two hits, including a two-run single from Brown, and two Colonial fielding errors for the 2-2 score. 
  • Both of WestConn's runs in the third were unearned, as the Huskies committed a costly two-out fielding error.  Erica Bower drove in WestConn's go-ahead run with an RBI single to right, and Rosa, who drew a walk came around to score on a wild pitch. 
  • WestConn made it 6-2 in the fifth on a lead-off solo home run from Charline Plasczyns and another fielding USM error allowing Bower to score.  Bower hit a two-out double, stole third and then touched home on the Huskies' error. 
  • Sara Tenke made it the 7-2 final in the sixth with an RBI single to left. 
  • Jaclyn Smith earned the win for WestConn, holding USM to five hits in seven innings. She walked three and struck out eight.  
  • USM's Ashley Alward (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan) took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and a pair of walks in 4.1 innings.  She struck out six. 

 

  • Game Two: Southern Maine 2, Western Connecticut 1
  • Locked in a pitcher's duel, USM made the most of its five hits and rode the strong performance of Brown for the game two, 2-1 win. 
  • USM struck early taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.  The Huskies had three of their five hits in the game during the inning including an infield single from freshman Kaitlyn Nelson (Guildhall, Vermont/Whitehill Regional), a single to right center from senior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and an RBI single up the middle from Brown. 
  • WestConn tied the game up in the bottom of the third, scoring the game-tying run on heads up running from Tenke and a USM fielding error.  USM again committed a costly two-out error, allowing Tenke to score.  She reached with an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and then touched home after an errant throw. 
  • The Huskies bounced back for the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth. Brown led off with a single to left, and then was replaced by Kathleen Rattazzi as a pinch-runner.  Rattazzi took third on a sacrifice bunt and a WestConn error, before sophomore Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine) hit a sac fly to center field for the RBI and go-ahead run. 
  • With a one-run lead in hand headed into the bottom of the fourth, Brown allowed just two singles and a walk the rest of the way for the win. 
  • Tenke pitched well in the loss allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. She struck out six. 

 

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Brown was outstanding in both games hitting 3-for-6 with three RBI and a .500 slugging percentage. Playing first base in game one, she had six putouts and an assist.  In the circle, she held WestConn to a .167 batting average. 
  • Cross also had three hits and was 3-for-7 with one run scored and four putouts. 
  • With the win in game two, Brown has 22 in her career and is tied for ninth in USM records. She is presently sixth in career strikeouts per seven innings (5.06) and is averaging 5.39 per seven in 2019. 

 

UP NEXT: 

Southern Maine awaits its seeding for the upcoming Little East Conference tournament.    

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