GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore Evon Hudspeth (Hampden, Maine) hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon to give the University of Southern Maine a 1-0 win over Plymouth State University in the first game of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader, and the Huskies went on to a sweep with an 8-5 victory in the second game.
The Huskies halt a two-game losing streak and improve to 16-14 overall and 6-4 in the LEC, while Plymouth State drops to 4-23 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
PSU freshman Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) and USM senior and former All-New England pitcher Katie Mainville (Coopers Mills, Maine) locked up in a pitcher's duel in the opener. The Panthers didn't get their first hit until the sixth inning when senior Jess Fortin (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton) reached on a bunt single to put two runners on with no outs. But Mainville got the next three batters to get out of trouble. PSU threatened again in the seventh inning when sophomore Devin Caswell (Wilton, N.H.) doubled and went to third on an infield groundout, but the Panthers couldn't push the go-ahead run across.
MacFarland, meanwhile, allowed only five hits while keeping USM off the board for the first six innings. Mainville started the Husky rally in the seventh with a one-out single, and after freshman Megan Stanley (Standish, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice that retired Mainville, Hudspeth dramatically drove in the game-winning run with her fourth double of the season to the right center gap.
USM jumped on Plymouth State for five runs on six hits and two PSU errors the first inning to take a 5-0 lead and never looked back. The Huskies added runs in the second, third and fourth innings to lead 8-0 before the Panthers took back two runs in the top of the fifth and scored three more in the top of the seventh for the 8-5 final.
Freshman Rachel Pothier (Reading, Mass.) had three hits in the nightcap for PSU, while Caswell and freshman Heather Bartolo (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) collected two hits apiece.
Southern Maine returns to action on Thursday in its final home game of the season against Bridgewater State (3:30 p.m.) Plymouth State returns home to host Lyndon State on Thursday in a non-conference doubleheader (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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