GORHAM, Maine - Freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H./Moulton Academy) earned her fourth consecutive win in the circle as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the UMass Boston Beacons 7-2 in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at the USM Softball Stadium. UMass Boston rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second game to earn the split with an 8-7 win in game two.
Southern Maine is now 5-5 in the Little East Conference and 13-14 overall. UMass Boston stands at 22-9 and 7-5 in the LEC.
GAME ONE: Southern Maine 7, UMass Boston 2
Greene continued her strong pitching for the Huskies littering seven hits over seven innings without giving up a walk to earn her fourth consecutive win of the season to improve to 5-1 on the season. Greene struck out four in the win. Greene was helped by a strong day at the plate from seniors Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) and Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's). Obert was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Caron was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
After a scoreless three and a half innings, Southern Maine got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single up the middle from Obert. UMB tied it up in the top of the fifth on an RBI single up the middle from freshman Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.), but Southern Maine responded with four runs in the home half of the inning to break open the game and lead 5-1. The Huskies collected four runs on four hits, including RBIs from senior Allison Pillar (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), Obert and junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble).
The Beacons cut their deficit to 5-2 in the top of the sixth on another RBI single up the middle from Bilotta, but USM closed the door on the Beacons in their next at-bat adding two more runs, including an RBI single through the right side from Caron. Greene closed out the game getting two ground outs and a line-out all to Obert at third base.
UMB freshman Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss for the Beacons. She allowed nine runs (six earned) on nine hits and six walks.
GAME TWO: UMB 8, Southern Maine 7
Trailing 5-2 through four innings, the Beacons took advantage of three Husky defensive miscues, and banged out five hits to put up four runs in the top of the fifth, claiming the lead from Southern Maine.
Sophomores Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.), Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) and senior Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) each had RBIs in the pivotal inning, putting UMB ahead 6-5. UMB added two more runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-5 lead on RBI singles from Bilotta and sophomore Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.).
Trailing by three, USM pulled to within a run in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run double from Pillar. After working their way out of a seventh inning jam, Southern Maine threatened to extend the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners on and one out, with back to back singles from freshman Kayleigh Bohan (Bedford, N.H.) and Kelly. Greenspan entered the game for the Beacons, and completed the save. Greenspan made an outstanding defensive play to cut down the lead runner for the second out, before retiring the Huskies with a ground out.
Sophomore Annie Thomas (Lunenburg, Mass.) earned the win in relief of starter freshman Megan Hoben (Beford, Mass.). Thomas pitched 3.1 innings allowing two earned runs on five hits. Southern Maine's Kelly was the hard-luck loser. Kelly allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits and one strikeout in four innings. Freshman Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) pitched 1.2 innings, allowing four runs (all unearned) on six hits and two walks. Junior Haeli Campbell (Manchester, N.H.) closed out the final 1.1 innings, yielding a single hit.
Southern Maine hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference doubleheader. UMass Boston hosts Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in an LEC doubleheader.