On March 14, the Husson University softball team from Bangor dropped a 1-0 decision to Eastern Connecticut State during their spring trip to Winter Haven, Florida.

Husson has never beaten or scored on the Warriors in their three meetings, but the Eagles will get another chance on Friday at the NCAA Division III Regional at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Husson, 26-11 and winner of eight of its last nine games, and 29-6-1 Eastern Connecticut State, which is in the midst of a six-game winning streak, will open the double elimination tourney at 1 pm. Wheaton, 30-8, and Johnson and Wales (Rhode Island), 21-14, square off at 3:30 p.m.

Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, and the winner will advance to the Super Regionals against the team that captures the regional involving Kean (New Jersey), Farmingdale State (New York), William Paterson (New Jersey) and Staten Island (New York) on May 15-16.

Husson and Eastern Connecticut State have met twice in the NCAA Regionals with the Warriors triumphing 7-0 in 2011 and 8-0 in 2010.

It is the seventh straight year the Eagles have qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and they have gone 1-2 the past two seasons after going 0-2 in each of the previous four.

Husson lost to host school Kean 8-0 in last year’s regional before beating Keene State (New Hampshire) 1-0 and losing to Lebanon Valley (Pennsylvania) 3-1. In the 2013 regional at Babson Park, Massachusetts, Maine lost to Rowan (New Jersey) 1-0, beat Bridgewater State (Massachusetts) 1-0 for its first ever NCAA tourney win and lost to Springfield College (Massachusetts) 2-1.

Husson has won seven straight North Atlantic Conference championships, and the resilient Eagles have notched the last three with three different coaches: Amanda Bourgoin, Kristie Hawkins and current interim head coach Terren Hall.

Husson has been led by senior pitcher Kayla Merrill. Merrill is 15-4 on the mound with a 1.38 ERA and leads the team in hitting at .437 with three homers, 18 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases. Her junior sister, Lyndsay, the shortstop, is hitting .407 with one homer and 20 RBIs.

Junior Sami Schultz is at .392 with five homers and 25 RBIs. Junior catcher Casey Lopes (.340-0-17), junior first baseman-pitcher Deb Colpitts (.337-1-23), senior center fielder Haley Spiers (.330-1-12) and senior designated player Chelsea Brennan (.317-4-16) have been among the other catalysts.

Eastern Connecticut State, which has made 20 NCAA appearances since 1982 and has won four NCAA championships, has been led by shortstop Alyssa Hancock (.524-7-28, 32 stolen bases), first baseman Sam Rossetti (.430-4-32) and pitchers Erin Miller (12-3, 2.61), who tossed a three-hitter against Husson in March, and Samantha Valentine (11-2, 2.94).