CASTLETON, Vt. — Kayla Wood scattered five hits and struck out 11 to lead Castleton to a 3-1 win over Thomas in the North Atlantic Conference softball championship at Spartan Field on Saturday.

Needing to beat the Spartans twice after beating Husson earlier in the day to advance, the Terriers could only muster a Katie Taylor RBI single that scored Lindsy Hoopingarner of Richmond in the seventh inning. Wood struck out Lexi Colpack and Madison Bentz to end the game and clinch the title for the Spartans (20-11).

Earlier in the day, Thomas advanced to the championship game with a 6-1 win over Husson University.

Colpack, Bentz, Courtney Veilleux and Korrie Laren each had a pair of hits for the Terriers. Veilleux, of Oakland, had a two-run homer while Bentz, Laren and Sonja Morse all doubled for the Terriers (18-19).

Morse, of South China, allowed one run on four hits, walking five while fanning six to pick up the victory. Haley Littlefield threw the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit. Casey Lopes drove in the lone run for Husson (15-25).

MAINE 6-1, UMBC 0-2: Molly Flowers tossed a no-hitter to give Maine a 6-0 win over Maryland-Baltimore County before the Retrievers earned a split of their America East doubleheader with a 2-1 victory in Orono.

Flowers fanned 12 and allowed just one walk to collect her fourth no-hitter of the season. Janelle Bouchard went 4-for-7 with a home run on the day for the Black Bears (25-19, 12-5 America East).


HUSSON 6, THOMAS 1: Waterville’s JT Whitten hit a grand slam to lead Husson in an elimination game in the NAC tournament in Castleton, Vermont.

Ryan Rebar went 3-for-5 with three runs scored for the Eagles (23-20), who will face host Castleton for the conference title on Sunday. Nik Beeson went 3-for-4 for the Terriers (20-20) and drove in the lone Thomas run with a single.

MAINE 1-5, ALBANY 7-2: John Arel stuck out nine in six inning in Game 2 to help Maine salvage a split in its America East doubleheader in Albany.

Arel allowed four hits and two unearned runs to give Maine (17-28, 6-10) a 5-2 win in the nightcap. Nick Silva picked up the save with a scoreless inning of relief. Colin Ridley led the Black Bears with four RBIs on the day.

AMHERST 1-9, COLBY 0-1: Dave Cunningham went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Amherst to a NESCAC doubleheader sweep in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Soren Hanson was the tough-luck losing pitcher in the Mules’ 1-0 loss in Game 1. He scattered six hits and a walk while allowing one earned run and striking out seven in six innings. Noah Tocci had an RBI single for Colby (11-24) in Game 2.