BANGOR — Senior pitcher Kelsey Crowe scattered eight hits as Thomas College blanked UMaine-Farmington, 6-0, Friday afternoon in the opening day of the North Atlantic Conference softball tournament at Husson University.
UMF plays Husson at 10 a.m. Saturday and will need a win to remain in the tournament. Thomas takes on Castleton in a winner’s bracket game at noon.
Thomas scored four runs in the first inning with the help of five walks, and a two-run single by Korrie Laren. The Terriers added two runs in the fourth on UMF’s only two errors of the game.
UMF threatened several times, leaving nine runners on base in the first four innings. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second, but Crowe got two groundouts to preserve the shutout.
Laren and Taylor Bergeron each had two hits for Thomas. Hannah Lust was 3 for 3 for UMF and Alison Hamilton added two singles.
Husson defeated Johnson State, 8-0, in Friday’s first game, and Castleton followed with a 5-0 win over Lyndon State. In the final game, Lyndon St. eliminated Johnson St., 6-2.
MAINE 1-2, BRYANT 7-0: Hannah Hill twirled a one-hit shutout in game two as the Black Bears won to split with the Bulldogs in Smithfield, R.I.
Hill allowed only a bunt single by Liana Ogata to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. She struck out eight in the win. Maine (18-19) scored its run in the second inning on a two-run homer by freshman Maddie Moore.
In game one, Bryant pitcher Elle Madsen allowed eight hits and improved to 22-9 on the season. Hayley Bottino went 3 for 4 and slugged two home runs for the Bulldogs (29-19). Jessica Burk and Dagmar Ralphs each had two hits for Maine.
HUSSON 10, UMF 1: The Eagles pulled away with seven runs in the bottom of the eigth inning on the first day of the NAC tournament in Castleton, Vt.
Husson’s Tim Nason, who was named NAC Pitcher of the Year earlier in the day, went nine innings and allowed six hits and one walk.
UMF has an elimination game at 9 a.m., Saturday with Lyndon State, which lost 7-2 to Castleton in Saturday’s early game.
UMF went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on a solo home run by Erskine graduate Tom Grady. Husson went in front 3-1 with three runs in the fourth. Waterville grad J.T. Whitten had an RBI single and Gardiner grad Dennis Meehan singled home the other two runs. The Beavers put runners on first and third with nobody out in the top of the fifth, but Nason induced two popouts and a strikeout.
Whitten (3 for 5) and Meehan (2 for 4) each drove in another run for Husson in the eighth.
COLBY 4, LASELL 2: Jason Buco’s three-run homer in the first inning stood up for the Mules in Waltham, Mass.
Buco’s homer was his team-leading sixth of the year. He had two hits, and so did teammate Ryder Arsenault. Pitchers Scott Goldberg, Luke Geoghegan, and Greg Ladd combined to allow seven hits in nine innings for Colby (16-13).
Billy Uberti and Hector Coscione each had two hits for Lasell (18-13).
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Messalonskee graduate Dylan Foster was named North Atlantic Conference Baseball Player of the Year and Cony grad Emily Soule was named the league’s softball pitcher of the year, the league announced Friday.
Foster, an Oakland native who is now a senior at Husson University, led the league in batting average (.412), hits (56), runs (35) and total bases (70). He entered the weekend’s conference tournament with a .491 on-base percentage, a .515 slugging average, and 13 stolen bases.
Joining Foster on the first team for Husson were Brandon Gendreau and Waterville’s J.T. Whitten. On the year, Whitten hit .352 and drove in 24 runs in 37 games. From Thomas, Waterville’s Tim Locke and sophomores Anree Benitez and Nik Beeson were named to the first team. Locke, who was named as a utility player, hit .258 and also struck out 42 batters in 37 2/3 innings. Another Waterville grad, Kyle Bishop, made the second team for Husson for batting .353 with 22 RBI.
UMaine-Farmington’s Trevor Hisler, a Skowhegan grad, was one of only two freshmen on the first team. Hisler hit .321 with a .406 on-base percentage this season. UMF’s Chris Bessey was named the league’s coach of the year.
Also from UMF, Erskine grad Sean Cabaniss and Mt. Blue grad Jimmy Neal were named to the second team. Cabaniss hit .312 and stole six bases, while Neal batted .294 and was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA on the mound.
Soule, a Chelsea native and a sophomore at UMF, went 7-4 with a 2.06 ERA. She struck out 63 batters in 68 innings and walked only 14. At the plate, she was second in league with an average of .419 and struck out just twice in 62 at bats.
Soule’s teammate Amy Jones, another Cony grad, earned a spot on the first team by hitting .417 with a .583 slugging percentage.
Messalonskee grad and Thomas junior Alyssa Eugley was also named to the first team. Eugley hit .398 and was second in the NAC with six home runs and a slugging percentage of .714.
The NAC East Division Men’s Tennis All-Conference Teams were also announced Friday. Eric Morin and Tyler Small of Thomas were each named first-team singles, and were named first-team doubles as a duo.