NAC Softball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 16)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Olivia Smith, Husson
(So., P/OF - Calais, Maine)
Smith helped the Eagles go 4-0 with three shutouts after sweeping both UMaine-Farmington and Thomas in conference play. The sophomore hit .538 (7-for-13) with three scored runs and four RBI. Against UMF, she went 2-for-7 with one run and one RBI and versus Thomas, the outfielder went 5-for-6 with three RBI and two scored runs.
PITCHER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jen Jones, Husson
(Fr., P/OF/1B - Acton, Maine)
Jones had an impressive week on the mound and at the plate, as Husson went 4-0, sweeping both UMaine-Farmington and Thomas. One the mound, the rookie recorded a shutout victory over Thomas, scattering four hits and striking out ten. Jones also contributed offensively, going 4-for-5 with two RBI, one scored run, and two walks on the week.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton split four games on the week, posting a 2-2 record overall that was capped off with a two-game sweep of Johnson State in NAC play. The Spartans were swept by RPI in mid-week, non-conference action, before bouncing back with a pair of five-inning wins over the Badgers on Friday. Kayla Wood struck out seven of 6.2 scoreless innings on the week, allowing just one hit against Johnson State over 5.0 innings after going 1.2 scoreless innings against RPI. Tori Swaine reached base in eight of her 10 plate appearances, while Sara Baker batted .400 with a double, triple and home run on the week. Castleton has a busy week on deck, with doubleheaders on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
UMaine-Farmington went 2-2 on the week with two wins against Daniel Webster and two loses against Husson.
Husson went 4-0 on the week. The Eagles displayed incredible defensive performances this past week, sweeping both UMaine-Farmington and Thomas with three shutouts. Husson will continue playing at home this week with doubleheaders against Southern Maine on Thursday, Johnson State on Saturday, and Lyndon on Sunday for senior day.
Johnson State went 0-4 over the weekend, with doubleheader losses to Castleton and NEC. The Badgers will be on the road this week, with trips to Middlebury on Tuesday, Husson on Saturday and SUNY Potsdam on Sunday.
Lyndon finished the week 0-6. The Hornets suffered two close losses at MCLA on Wednesday, 2-0 and 3-2, before starting conference play with two losses at New England College. Lyndon then played UMaine-Presque Isle in the team's home-opener, falling 12-1 and 6-0. The Hornets will host UMaine-Presque Isle again on Saturday and then travel to Husson on Sunday.
New England College went 5-1 on the week. Following a week-opening split with Lasell, the Pilgrims went 4-0 the rest of the week with doubleheader sweeps of Lyndon and Johnson State. Alexa Scribner and Brianna Castellano both batted over .500 on the week. The Pilgrims are back in action on Wednesday when they host Dean College at 3:00 p.m.
Thomas finished the week 0-3 as they opened Tuesday against Colby for the team's first game in almost two weeks; late errors were costly as they were defeated 3-1. On Friday, the Terriers traveled to Husson where they were swept, 4-3 and 11-0, in their first conference games. The Terriers will open a 10-game week with a doubleheader on Monday, April 17, at Bates.