NORTON, Massachusetts — Emily Bouthillette drove in three runs to help the Wheaton College softball team roll by Husson University 13-2 to capture the NCAA Division III Norton Regional Sunday.
Wheaton (33-8) advanced to play the winner of Kean University/William Patterson University in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend.
Husson, which made its seventh straight NCAA tourney appearance and played in its first regional final, finished at 28-13.
Madeline Hatch homered and had two RBIs to add to the 15-hit Wheaton attack that ended the game in five innings. Morgan Walsh chipped in with in a double, two singles and two RBIs while Caroline Fairbanks and Kelly Welch each drove in two runs.
Casey Lopes sparked Husson with a double, two singles and an RBI. Losing pitcher Kayla Merrill (17-6) was reached for 10 hits and five runs.
Husson advanced to Sunday’s final after eliminating Johnson & Wales 3-0 on Saturday after losing to Wheaton 5-1 in the double-elimination tourney.
In the second game, Eagles’ pitcher Kayla Merrill allowed just two hits and struck out eight.
Merrill took a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth before freshman Noelle Weiss, in as a relief pitcher, knocked a triple down the right-field line.
Husson scored the only run it would need in the second when Sami Schultz singled and advanced on consecutive wild pitches before scoring on a Haley Spiers single.
In the opener, Lyons’ senior starter Noelle Christmas (9-1) scattered two hits over six innings. She yielded just one earned run and no walks alongside three strikeouts.
The Eagles grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning with a two out rally. Lyndsay Merrill lined a double and Lopes followed with a hard-hit RBI single through the left side.
Wheaton responded with three runs in the third inning. Hatch went 4-for-4 for Wheaton.
Husson’s Kayla and Lyndsay Merrill and Lopes were named to the regional’s all-tourney team.
At Gorham, Andrew Richards pitched a four-hitter in the decisive game, leading the University of Southern Maine to a 4-2 victory over Eastern Connecticut for the Little East Conference title and a berth in the NCAA regionals.
ECSU had won the first game 11-4 to force the finale.
Richards allowed two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts and one walk for the Huskies (31-13). Sam Dexter led the offense with a two-run homer and two singles. Devin Warren provided a solo homer and an RBI single.
At Boston on Saturday, Ashley Donohoe of the University of Maine claimed the individual title in the women’s discus throw at the New England Championships.
The sophomore from Huntington Beach, California, uncorked a throw of 138 feet, 6 inches to help the Black Bears finish 13th among 41 teams. Donohoe’s throw beat runner-up Naloti Palma-Kaluma of Westfield State by almost two feet.
Jaclyn Masters of Auburn placed sixth the pole vault.
Among the men, Levi Frye’s eighth-place effort in the steeplechase and Mozai Nelson’s ninth in the 200 meters were the top efforts.