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Husson softball wins sixth straight conference title

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The day started on Sunday with the Husson university softball team getting a 7-1 victory over Lyndon State to stay alive in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament.

The day ended with the Eagles scoring five runs in the seventh inning against Castleton to claim their sixth consecutive conference championship.

Breanna Martin went 3-4, including a home run and three RBI to lead Husson to the victory over Lyndon State in an elimination game. That game was started in the rain at O'Keefe field on the campus of Husson university. The game was suspended, and the rest of that game and the rest of the tournament got moved to Maheney dome on the campus of University of Maine.

Husson needed to defeat Castleton the next two games to claim the championship. The Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the first game, when Tori Fearon hit a solo home run in the first inning.

Kayla Merrill did not allow a run after the first inning home run and the Eagles offense produced three runs in the final two innings as Husson rallied for a 3-1 victory.

The two top teams in the conference needed one last game to decide the conference champion. Castleton held a 4-2 lead going to the seventh inning.

The Eagles had two runners on base with two outs, when Lyndsey Merrill hit a double to score Mallory Conary. Casey Lopes hit a single that scored two runs to give Husson a 5-4 lead. Haley Spiers scored two runs when she hit a single.

Brooke Naylor started the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run for Castleton. Amanda Ryan came in and retired the final two batters to lock down the 7-5 championship game victory for the Eagles.

Kayla Merrill earned tournament MVP. Merrill was also the league MVP for her play during the regular season. Ryan and Jess Poulin were also selected to the all tournament team.

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