BANGOR, Maine - Sam Huston's walk-off hit earned him and the baseball team the #7 spot on the Husson University athletics' department top 10 moments from the 2016-17 season. Below is the recap of the victory:
The Husson University baseball team (21-14) walked-off with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the 9th over Bowdoin College (12-15) on a rainy Wednesday evening at Husson University. Sam Huston drove home the game winning runs.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Husson posted the first run of the game. Sam Huston led off the inning with a single to the left side of the infield. Alex Chapman, with one out, singled through the right side advancing Huston to third. Luke Covey reached on a fielder's choice to the Bowdoin shortstop. Huston scored the first run of the game giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead after the 2nd.
Bowdoin evened the score in the top of the 3rd inning in thanks to an error and walks. Eric Mah reached on a fielding error by Mike Wong at shortstop. Brandon Lopez, Colby Joncas, and Evann Dumont-LaPointe all walked pushing Mah across home. The run was unearned, but the score was tied at 1-1 nonetheless.
In the top of the 4th, Bowdoin once again took advantage of free passes. Jack Wilhoit started off the inning with a walk. Sean Mullane followed with a walk of his own. Connor Lee laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing each baserunner. Eric Mah reached on a fielder's choice that scored Wilhoit. Mah then stole second and advanced to third on a pass ball. Brandon Lopez lined a double into the gap scoring Mah from third. The Polar Bears held a 3-1 lead after the 4th.
With one out in the bottom of the 4th inning, Husson knotted the game at 3-3. Sam Huston and Christian Corneil each walked then both advanced on a wild pitch. Being the benefactors of another wild pitch, Huston scored and Corneil advanced to third. After the free trips around the bases, Alex Chapman sent a ball back-up the middle that deflected off of the pitcher. Corneil scored on the hit evening the score at 3-3.
The Polar Bears took the lead back in the top of the 6th with a double followed by a single. Connor Lee started the rally with a double down the left field line. Brandon Lopez continued his hot day with an RBI single to left center. A 4-3 lead with held by Bowdoin after the top of the 6th inning.
Not to be out done, Husson scored their fourth run in the bottom half of the frame. With two outs and nobody on, Christian Corneil walked and promptly stole second. Alex Chapman did his job, again, and singled through the right side. Corneil scored and once again tied the score.
The top of the 8th started with a Sean Mullane double. Connor Lee sacrificed himself in order to advance Mullane to third. Eric Mah was the next batter. He hit a low line drive off of AJ Purcell. Mullane scored and gave his team a 5-4 lead that they would not keep long.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Husson trailed 5-4. Cam Archer, Mike Wong, and Ryan Rebar all reached base due to free passes handed out by the Bowdoin bullpen. On a 2-2 pitch, Sam Huston barrelled up a fastball that one-hopped the left field fence. Archer and Wong crossed home plate giving the Eagles a walk-off 6-5 win.
Nick Guerrette (1-0) was credited with the win by throwing 1.1 innings and striking out one. Conor Maguire started the game for Husson, while going 3.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) and striking out three. Sam Huston was the hero of the game by driving home 2 RBI in the 9th. Alex Chapman paced the Eagles' offense with three hits and two RBI. Luke Covey with credited with the other RBI in the walk-off win.
Logan Simon (0-1) was given the loss when his runners came around to score. Kyle Stanley was the pitcher who allowed the Huston double. Justin Schachter started the game for the Polar Bears. He went 3.0 innings and allowed one run. Brandon Lopez and Eric Mah each knocked in two RBI in the road loss. Evann Dumont-LaPointe had the other RBI.