BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University baseball team (9-7) split their home doubleheader with Maine-Farmington (2-7) on Monday afternoon. The Eagles won the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 6-5 and lost the second 5-2.
Game 1: Husson 6, Maine-Farmington 5
In the bottom of the third inning, Husson jumped onto the scoreboard in a big way. Cam Archer started the attack with a single to centerfield. Conor Maguire followed with a double down the left field line that pushed Archer to third base. Mike Wong drove in each base runner with a double of his own. Sam Huston scored Wong with a single to center and gave Husson a 3-0 lead after the third.
The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Logan Rogerson reached on a fielder's choice then stole second base. Archer slapped a single through the right side scoring Rogerson from second. Husson extended their lead to 4-0 after four innings.
Farmington scored in a big way in the top of the sixth. Tyler Flayha, Gage Cote, and Trevor Histle all singled for the Beavers. Jimmy Parks lined a 2 RBI single through the left side. Jordan Croteau walked, which loaded the bases again. After a pitching change, Derek Bowen double to deep center. Histle, Parks, and Croteau all scored on the two bagger. Farmington led 5-4 after six.
The Eagles would not be out done. They answered in the bottom of the sixth with two runs of their own. Chapman started the rally with a double to right center. Rogerson grounded a ball to the Farmington short stop who threw it away. Chapman scored on the error, and Rogerson advanced to second. The same exact situation happened with Archer. Although, Rogerson only advanced to third on the error. On the next pitch, Conor Maguire executed a perfect suicide squeeze. Rogerson scored from third giving Husson a 6-5 lead they would hold onto for the rest of the ball game.
Ryan Allender started the game for Husson. He went 5.0 innings, allowed five earned runs, and struck out one. AJ Purcell (1-1) earned the win for the Eagles while throwing 1.0 inning and allowing one inherited runner. Steve Hanscom picked up his first save of the season. Mike Wong led the way for the Husson offense with two RBI. Cam Archer, Sam Huston, and Conor Maguire all chipped in one RBI in the win.
Riley Chickering (1-1) was tabbed with the loss while throwing 6.0 innings, allowing six runs (four earned), and striking out four. Derek Bowen paced the Beavers' offense with a 3 RBI double in the 6th inning. Jimmy Parks had the other two RBI for Farmington. Gage Cote added two hits in the loss.
Game 2: Maine-Farmington 5, Husson 2
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Ryan Rebar and Sam Huston manufactured a run for the Eagles. Rebar lined a single into right field then stole second base. Huston blooped a double into right field that scored Rebar and gave Husson a 1-0 lead after the 1st.
Christian Corneil led off the fourth inning with a single over the shortstop's head. He then proceeded to get himself into scoring position by stealing second base. Matt Smith did his job by sending a seeing eye single up the middle and scoring Corneil from second. The Eagles held onto a 2-0 lead after 4 innings.
In the top of the 6th inning, Farmington mounted a small comeback. Chad Snowman started the inning with a single. He was cut down by a fielder's choice that Derek Bowen reached on. Riley Chickering and Mark Leahy followed with singles that loaded the bases. Tyler Flayhan lifted a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Bowen from third. The Beavers trailed 2-1 after the 6th inning.
With two outs in the top of the 7th, Jordan Corteau drew a walk. Chad Snowman singled on the next pitch. Corteau advanced to third on the hit. Derek Bowen, after multiple foul balls, singled home Corteau tying the game at 2-2. Riley Chickering walked to extend the inning. Mark Leahy gave his squad a 4-2 lead with a single through the right side. Bowen and Snowman scored on the single. Chickering scored on a throwing error by Rogerson. Farmington would hold onto the 5-2 lead for their second win of the season.
Jesse Colford got the nod for Game 2, and he did not disappoint. Colford went 6.0 innings, allowed one run, and struck out six. Dustin Smith (0-1) got the loss by allowing four (three earned) runs in the top of the 7th. Sam Huston and Matt Smith had the two RBI, while Christian Corneil had two hits. Ryan Rebar and Cam Archer each tossed in one hit in the loss.
Nate Pushard started the game for Farmington while going 4.0 innings, allowing two runs, and striking out seven. Ryan Pratt (1-1) picked up the win by throwing 2.0 scoreless innings. Chad Snowman got the save by closing the door on the 7th inning. Mark Leahy paced the Beaver offense with two RBI. Derek Bowen and Tyler Flayhan had the other two RBI. Croteau and Snowman each contributed two hits in the win.
The Eagles return to the diamond on Thursday afternoon, as they travel to Saint Joseph's College for a single game starting at 4:00 pm.