WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College softball held on for a doubleheader sweep of New England College, 5-3 and 16-12, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Sunday afternoon.
Following the games, the Terriers improve to 6-18 on the season and 2-2 in the conference. The Pilgrims drop below .500 at 14-16 and 3-3 in league action.
Thomas 5, NEC 3
The Pilgrims got to Terrier pitcher Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) early in the first inning as an RBI single from Joslyn Gallagher plated Alex Scribner for a 1-0 lead.
The Terriers responded in the bottom half of the second as singles from Madison Bentz (Algonquin, Ill.) and Cassie Contigiani (Belmont, N.H.) put runners on. Lauren Farina (Schenectady, N.Y.) followed by launching a homerun over the left field fence for a 3-1 advantage.
NEC looked to rally in the sixth as Gabriella Marcheschi reached after being hit by a pitch. Christine McNeil cut the lead down to one as her hit to left field cleared the fence for a two-run homerun.
Laren extended the lead to 5-3 on an RBI double down the left field line. LeBourveau sat the Pilgrims down in order the next inning to complete the win.
Marcheschi was given the loss for NEC after throwing six innings, scattering nine hits and five runs (four earned).
Thomas 16, NEC 12
The Pilgrims jumped out to early 6-0 lead in the first two innings, including a five-run second inning. Brianna Castellano scored the first run as she took off for home after Scribner was caught stealing at second base. In the second, four straight singles from Gallagher, Chanel Welch, Castellano, and Scribner brought it four runs. Marcheschi's sacrifice fly plated the fifth run of the inning.
Thomas answered with a run in the third and five runs in the fourth to tie the game up at 6-6. Lauren Guppy (New Sharon, Maine) singled in Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.) for the lone run in the bottom of the third. In the fourth, RBI singles from Colpack, Veilleux, and Laren pushed across three runs. A double from LeBourveau and a sacrifice fly Bentz finished the scoring run.
NEC regained the lead at 7-6 in the next frame as Castellano scored on an error at shortstop.
The Terriers exploded with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth led by a two-RBI triple by Veilleux and two-RBI single from Farina. Colpack and Laren each added an RBI single.
The Pilgrims responded with a five-run sixth inning to come back within two runs at 14-12. Scribner's bases clearing triple brought in three runs to open the scoring. A single from Marcheschi and double from McNeil brought in the final two runs.
Thomas added two more in the bottom of the inning on sacrifice flies from Veilleux and Bentz.
Chelsea Hale (Moreno Valley, Ca.) was given a no decision after four innings of work on the mound for Thomas allowing nine hits and seven runs (six earned). Haley Littlefield (Mt. Desert Island, Maine) took the win after 1.2 innings, five hits, and five runs. LeBourveau completed the save in 1.1 innings with three hits and no runs.
Debra Mazzeo allowed 14 hits and ten runs (nine earned) in 4.1 innings for the Pilgrims. Katie Mathews finished in relief, giving up five hits and six runs (two earned).
The Terriers will return to action on Monday, April 24 as they host Castleton in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.