NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) fired the first seven-inning no-hitter in 13 years by a University of Southern Maine Huskies pitcher to lead the No. 4 Huskies past the top-seeded UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 4-0 in the first of two games in the second day of the 2019 Little East Conference Softball Championship hosted by UMass Dartmouth. Southern Maine fell 6-0 to second-seed Plymouth State University Panthers in its second game of the day to conclude its season.
With the split, USM finished the 2019 season with a 22-18 record. UMass Dartmouth's record stood at 23-17 with the loss to the Huskies, while Plymouth State improved to 22-17 with the win.
Brown was masterful in the circle to earn the first USM no-hitter (seven innings) since the 2006 season when Hall of Famer Katie Mainville (2003-2006) accomplished the feat on April 6, 2006 in a 2-0 win against St. Joseph's College (Maine). Brown struck out four and walked three in her 11th win of the season.
Brown received run support as the Huskies struck for two runs each in the third and sixth inning for the 4-0 final. Juniors Erin Martin (Biddeford, Maine), Ashley Tinsman (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), sophomore Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Maine) and freshman Kaitlyn Nelson (Guildhall, Vermont/White Mountains Regional) each had an RBI as part of USM's seven-hit attack.
Kenney led off the bottom of the third with a double to right field to help broke open a scoreless game. Kenney advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla./South Plantation) and then came around to score on an RBI single to right from Martin. Nelson followed with an RBI single to left field herself to put the Huskies up 2-0. USM threatened for more with the bases loaded and no outs, but the UMD defense turned a double play on the next batter and then cut down a lead runner to escape the inning.
Working her way around a pair of Huskies' fielding errors and two walks, Brown kept the Corsairs off the scoreboard and retained a 2-0 lead into the sixth. USM again used a lead off double, this time from senior Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), an RBI single from Tinsman, and an RBI single from Kenney to jump ahead 4-0.
In the seventh, Brown gave up a lead off walk before retiring three straight to earn the win. Tinsman and Kenney each had two hits for the Huskies, while Martin, Nelson and Cross made up the rest.
PSU's Caitlyn Miller went the distance pitching a shutout and scattering six hits and a walk over seven innings to keep the Panthers in the tournament with a 6-0 win. Miller was helped by a solo home run from Cassidy Emerson and a 2-for-3 effort at the plate from Madison Harris, including an RBI single in the fourth.
Brown and freshman Ashley Alward (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan) combined in the circle for the Huskies. Brown took the loss, allowing one earned run (three total) in 3.0 innings pitched. Alward pitched the final three, allowing three runs, one earned.
The Panthers struck early and led 1-0 with Emerson's solo home run to left. PSU took a 3-0 lead scoring a pair of unearned runs on when the potential third out was mishandled in the infield.
PSU added another run for a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Harris' two-out single to left, and then tossed up another pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, both unearned, on the second Huskies' fielding error of the game.
USM collected six hits off of Miller, including a 2-for-4 effort from Martin and a 2-for-3 effort from Brown. Cross and Tinsman had the Huskies other two hits.
Senior Brooke Cross ends her career with USM in the top 25 of several career categories with 132 games played (21st), 376 at bats (21st), 72 runs scored (18th), 131 hits (16th), 32 doubles (t-6th), 11 home runs (t-4th), 75 RBI (12th),
USM No Hitters (Since 1996)
Alexis Brown, vs. UMass Dartmouth (7 innings, 5-3-2019)
Amber Kelly, vs. Husson (5 innings, 4-6-2016)
Desiree Benner, vs. UMaine Presque Isle (5 innings, 4-13-2014)
Kristina Grondin, vs. UMass Dartmouth (5 innings, 4-14-2007)
Katie Mainville, vs. St. Joseph's (7 innings, 4-6-2006)
Katie Mainville, vs., MIT (7 innings, 3-27-2006)
Katie Mainville, vs. Eastern Conn. (7 innings, 5-1-2005)
Katie Mainville, vs. Salem State (7 innings, 4-15-2004)
Jenn Kenney, vs. Hillsdale (6 innings, 3-22-199)
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