Bangor, ME - The Husson University baseball team continued their success against the visiting Hornets of Lyndon State, earning a 13-4 win on senior day at the Winkin Complex. Game two of the double header - and the fourth of the Eagles-Hornets series - was called due to weather. Husson completed the season sweep to move to 18-17 on the year and sit in third place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division with a record of 14-8. The Hornets conclude their 2012 slate with the losses and fall to 5-26 overall and 3-20 in the conference.
Seven Husson players were honored prior to the first pitch, and all but ace Nate Adams (Foxcroft, ME) found themselves in the starting lineup. Offensively for the Eagles, centerfielder Shawn Smith (Winterport, ME) led the way, going 2-3 at the plate with a game-high three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Jake Arthers (Belfast, ME) also had a quality outing going 2-3 with 2 RBI with as many runs scored while first year second baseman Brandon Gendreau (Brewer, ME) belted his first career home-run over the left field wall while going 2-3 at the dish with an RBI, scoring three times for the Eagles. Starting pitcher Spencer Allen (Gardiner, ME) earned the win, his second of the year, tossing five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and four strikeouts.
The Hornets actually out-hit the home team in the game, but six Lyndon State errors proved costly and contributed to the scoring discrepancy. Starter Mason Brewer (Wiscasset, ME) was credited with the loss, throwing three innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk while fanning five. Lyndon was led by first baseman Tyler Pelletier (St. Albans, VT) who was a perfect 3-3 off Husson pitching, scoring two of his team's four runs while driving in another.
Husson got off to a quick start, plating two in the bottom of the first. Gendreau ripped a one-out double to left, and Arthers singled to a similar spot, allowing Gendreau to move up to third while Arthers advanced to second on the throw. S. Smith sent the ball back from whence it came, driving in a pair of runs with a solidly struck single up the middle and it was 2-0 in favor of the Eagles.
Lyndon State answered in the top of the third when Pelletier doubled to left, and move up to third on a ground out to the right side. Pelletier came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Shayne Kirby (Fairfax, VT) to cut the deficit to one.
The Hornet rally seemed to spark the Eagle offense, who came alive for four runs in the bottom of the third. Gendreau led off the inning with his home run into the netting in left field. After a pop-out, S. Smith hit the ball on the screws that went through the wickets and found the Husson centerfielder standing on third. He would score when Nick Smith (Eddington, ME) crushed a ball to left center for an RBI double. Fellow senior Matthew Archetti (Chester, NH) kept the rally goint with a triple to right center field, plating N. Smith and Archetti would come all the way around to score on a throwing error. That made the score 6-1 for the home team.
After a 1-2-3 inning by Allen, Husson put the game out of reach with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Both teams traded two-run innings in the fifth, and the Hornets would tack on one more in the sixth to reach the game's final score of 13-4. The Eagles will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday for a nine-inning tune-up set to begin at 3:30 before they await the announcement of the NEAC East Playoff seedings.