NEC Softball Takes Two Games From Visiting University of Maine Farmington
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College softball beat the visiting University of Maine Farmington Beavers twice Saturday afternoon, winning game one by a narrow 8-7 margin and taking game 2 4-1.
With the two wins the Pilgrims improve to 3-11 on the season and 3-1 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play. With the loss the Beavers are now 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the NAC.
NEC would take the early lead in game one plating three runs in the home half of the first inning. Thanks to a leadoff walk and a pair of Beaver errors the Pilgrims would score twice followed by a Jessica Kiehl (North Haven, Conn.) single which would score Alyssa Krause (Northfield, N.H.).
Farmington would battle back in the third inning as the Beavers would come up with four runs on four hits, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine) and a one-run double by Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine).
The Pilgrims would regain the lead in the fourth inning as Taylor Belsito (Millbury, Mass.) would double in two runs and eventually come around to score off a Rebecca Allen (E. Patchogue, N.Y.) ground out putting NEC up 6-4.
Farmington would get a run back in the fifth but Bartlett would double in Michelle Cote (Arundel, Maine) who reached on an error earlier in the inning. The Pilgrims would plate two more runs in the home half of the fifth building their lead back to two runs up 8-6.
The Beavers would make a final surge in the seventh scoring a run but NEC would get the final two outs of the inning holding on for the 8-7 victory.
Picking up the win on the mound for NEC was Olivia Stanley (Walpole, Mass.) who pitched the complete game victory allowing just one earned run and striking out two.
Leading the way at the plate for NEC was Kiley Williams who finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Brittany Distante (Guilford, Conn.) who went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Leading the way for Farmington was Bartlett who was 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs driven in.
In game two Farmington would open the scoring in the top half of the second inning as Bartlett would lead off the inning with a single and come around to score on a two-out single by Lauren Perkins (East Hanover, N.J.).
NEC would respond with two runs in the home half of the second inning as Brittany Distante and Maranda Johnson (Huntsville, Utah) would each single in runs.
Neither team would muster a run over the next three innings before the Pilgrims would give themselves some breathing room scoring two insurance runs in the sixth inning. That would be all NEC pitcher Elizabeth Harrigan (Weston, Conn.) would need as she would allow just five hits and strike out 11 Beavers en route to the complete game victory.
Four different players collected hits for the Pilgrims, including Alyssa Hoot (Waterville, Ohio) who doubled.
Farmington’s Shelby Bryant (S. Portland, Maine) and Kaitlyn Bryant each recorded two hits in game two.
On the mound for the Beavers in game 2 was Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine) who allowed just four hits in six innings of work and struck out six.