HENNIKER, N.H. - The Husson University baseball team (13-12, 7-5) dropped two conference games at New England College (NEC) (12-12, 5-5) Friday afternoon, losing the first game 5-0 and the second 17-10.
GAME ONE: NEC 5, HUSSON 0
The game remained a scoreless tie up until New England College used a big 5th inning to break the game open.
After Jameson Carey singled to pitcher Ben Walls, Andrew Castano advanced to first base on a throwing error from Logan Rogerson, moving Ja. Carey to second. The errors continued for Husson, and Manuel Alejandro reached on a throwing error from Walls. The error brought Castano and Ja. Carey home, giving NEC a 2-0 lead.
NEC kept the scoring up, using a Conor Crouse ground-out to score Alejandro. The hot bats continued for the Pilgrims in the fifth inning. Luis Atiles roped a double deep to left center to score Aneury Lara. Atles would score just one batter later on an RBI right-field single from Stanley Vargas.
Ben Walls got the loss for Husson, giving up six hits while recording six strikeouts, yet surrendering no earned runs due to errors. Vincent Backert earned the complete-game win for the Pilgrims, striking out six batters, and only allowing two hits.
GAME TWO: NEC 17, HUSSON 10
NEC broke the scoring open in the bottom of the first inning by recording three runs. Crouse started the game with a leadoff double down the right field line, and Atiles followed suit with an RBI single to get the first run of the game. Atiles advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches before a single from Delaney drove him home to give New England a 2-0 lead. A follow-up single to center field from Backert scored Vargas, and Backert would eventually find his way home on an Alejandro single.
The Pilgrims used the momentum to bat their way through the whole order in the first, with Atiles sending a double up the middle in his second at-bat of the inning to score Castillo, one of his seven RBIs in the game. The Eagles were finally able to escape the inning, but not before giving up an eight-run deficit.
Husson would get some scoring of their own starting in the top of the third inning on a Logan Rogerson single to left field that scored Conor Maguire. The Eagles loaded the bases and Cam Archer crossed home plate after Christian Corneil was walked, but NEC worked their way out of the jam and escaped the inning still holding an 8-2 lead.
The Pilgrims clapped back in the bottom of the third with a four-run inning to keep the scoring pace high. Crouse reached first on a fielding error from Rogerson to score Alejandro before an Atiles single sent Lara around the base path for another run. With the bases loaded, Backert sent a single screaming up the middle of the field to score Crouse, and Ja. Carey took advantage of the loaded bags to with his own double that brought in both Delaney and Atiles.
After Atiles added another RBI single for the Pilgrims in the bottom of the fourth inning the bats finally started to come alive for Husson.
In the top of the fifth, Ryan Rebar reached first on a fielder's choice, and a throwing error from Atiles ensured all base runners were safe and led to a run from Rogerson. The Eagles weren't done, however, and a single from Sam Huston through the left side scored Mike Wong. Another single from Maguire brought Rebar through home plate to bring the score to 14-5.
The Pilgrims would add one more back in the bottom of the fifth on an errant throw from Huston to third that let Delaney take it home.
Husson continued their late-game push in the sixth inning with a Mike Wong double to right center that scored Rogerson, and Sam Huston kept the hot bat going with an RBI-double down the line in left to bring Wong around the bags.
But just went it seemed like Husson would get momentum going, the Pilgrims would strike back with runs of their own. A sacrifice fly from Crouse scored Manolin Terraro, and Lara made it home on a sac fly from Atiles.
The Eagles gave it one last push in the top of the seventh, but it proved to be too little too late. Ryan Rebar singled up to middle and Cam Archer made a mad dash from third base to score, and Huston sent his second double of this day out to right field to score Rebar and Rogerson, but the Pilgrims closed out Husson out and ended their late-inning comeback.
Tommy Burns got the loss on the mound for Husson, giving up five earned runs and four hits. Ja. Carey earned the win for New England, pitching five innings and only surrendering three runs coupled with five strikeouts.
Husson and New England College will be back in action tomorrow Apr. 15 at 12:00pm and 2:30pm.