BANGOR, Maine – Husson split a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) softball doubleheader with Castleton Friday afternoon, winning game one 2-1, and falling in game two 1-0 the nightcap to split.
Husson moves to 13-8 and 3-1 overall in the NAC after dropping their first loss to Castleton since the 2005 season. Castleton goes to 7-13 and 3-1 as well in the NAC.
Kody Lyon (Dalton, N.H.) picked up the complete-game win striking out eight while allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.
Emily Sweeney (Weare, N.H.) was the hard-luck loser in the opener, scattering five hits over six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) with one strikeout.
Castleton had at least one base runner in every inning, and had a hit in all but the sixth but could only muster one run off a Shannon Jipner (Bristol, Vt.) solo shot in the fourth inning that tied the game at the time.
Husson took the lead on an unearned run in the fifth after Nicole Sargeant (Sullivan, Maine) belted a one-out double to left and pinch runner Jessica Poulin (Albion, Maine) came around to score on a throwing error with two outs in the inning.
Sargent singled home the game's first run in the second inning after a one-out double to leftfield Ashley Smith (Ellsworth, Maine).
Sargent finished 2-for-2 with an RBI to pace the Eagles, while Tori Fearon (Colchester, Conn.) and Caylee Fleury (Barre, Vt.) each had two hits for the Spartans.
In the nightcap Taylor Lively (Greenfield, Mass.) twirled a complete-game five hitter, striking out eight en route to her fourth win of the season for the Spartans.
Fleury provided all of the offense Lively needed, going 4-for-4 with an RBI.
Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, Maine) was saddled with the loss, going six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing the one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Scoreless through six, Castleton finally scratched out a run in the seventh inning as Chelsea Crehan (Essex, Conn.) worked a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a one-out single by Fleury. After a single by Fearon, Lyon was called upon to relieve with runners on first and second. Lyon induced a pop out and after loading the bases, extinguished the rally with a strikeout.
Lively worked a perfect seventh inning to seal the shutout.
Smith finished 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Husson offense and was one of only four Eagles to reach second base, all of which were stranded.
Husson will turn around and host a doubleheader with Green Mountain Sunday April 6th starting at 12:00 noon.
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