Bangor- Starting pitching and timely hitting has been the recipe for success for the Husson Eagles baseball team since returning from their winter Florida trip with a 2-7 record. Husson has since gone 14-1 including unbeaten in North Atlantic Conference play with the only blemish coming in a non-league contest Tuesday night against the 21st ranked team in Division III, the USM Huskies. Husson got back to their winning ways Thursday evening by sweeping a conference doubleheader from rival Thomas College 1-0 and 3-2 at the Winkin Complex.
In Game 1, Husson got a brilliant complete game by starting pitcher Robert Graff. Seth Freudenberger began the Husson 3rd inning with a double and was moved to third on an Andrew Curran single and then would score on a passed ball with Brandon Gendreau batting for the only run of the game. Thomas, playing as the home team in the doubleheader, would threaten briefly in their last at bat in the bottom of the 7th. Michael De Los Santos lead off with a single but Graff would get Alex Curtis to popout to 2nd base then would strikeout Beau Ewton and Kyle Fletcher swinging to end the game. Isiah Fleming was the tough luck loser also going the distance with 7 innings pitched, allowing 1 earned run, 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3, falling to 1-1 on the season. Graff goes to 3-0 and would pitch 7 innings, allowing 0 runs, on only 3 hits and striking out 5 with no walks allowed.
In Game 2, Thomas would take an early lead on a sacrifice fly RBI by De Los Santos in the bottom of the 1st to make it 1-0 Terriers. Husson, still down a run entering the top of the 4th, would get a one out triple from Christian Corneil that would hit off the bottom of the fence in right center. That would be followed with an RBI double by DH Adam Wilson that was lost in the lights by the Thomas centerfielder to knot the score at 1-1. Wilson would try to extend to a triple but would be thrown out at 3rd base. Husson got a leadoff walk from Seth Freudenberger in the 5th and then a sacrifice bunt by Eagles shortstop Ryan Rebar was thrown over the head of the Thomas first baseman Curtis by De Los Santos to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Curran would again come through with a timely hit, lining a 3-1 pitch to right center for a 2-run RBI single to put Husson up by 2 runs. Thomas would pull within 3-2 in their half of the 5th as Derek Kane hit a long line drive to right center for a triple then scored on an infield RBI single by Nik Beeson, but that would end the scoring. Corey Mongiat would relieve Husson starter Tommy Burns over the final 2 innings to earn his 2nd save of the year allowing 0 hits and only 2 baserunners, both on walks, the rest of the way. Burns goes to 1-1 on the season going 5 innings, allowing 2 runs, only 1 earned, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Kane went 4 innings for Thomas and took the loss, dropping to 0-2, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Dominic Esposito pitched the last 3 innings for the Terriers, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 1 while keeping Thomas within striking distance.
Husson improves to 16-8 overall and now 12-0 in conference play and Thomas drops to 4-13 and 2-6 in the NAC. Husson will now play host to another conference rival Castleton State this weekend at Winkin Complex with a pair of doubleheaders beginning at 12 noon Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is John Winkin Day and Husson is asking all fans to come honor the legend with ceremonies beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thomas will travel to UNE for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday also beginning at 12 noon.