HENNIKER, N.H. - The Husson University baseball team picked up a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader sweep over of the Pilgrims of New England College on Saturday afternoon at Laurie Cox Memorial Field.
The losses drop the Pilgrims to 12-13 on the season and 5-6 in NAC play, while Husson improves to 14-11 overall and 9-5 in league action.
GAME ONE: HUSSON 8, NEC 5
A four-run sixth inning changed the game for the visiting Eagles, who took their second lead of the day and held on to it for the next inning-and-a-half to rebound from yesterday's pair of losses to NEC.
Husson's hurler Ben Holmes pitched a complete game for his third win of the season, scattering eight hits, five runs (four earned), three walks and three strikeouts over seven innings.
Husson scored in top of the first inning, capitalizing on a lead-off hit by Rogerson, a hit-by-pitch, a free pass to Sam Huston, and an NEC error to plate two runs.
The Pilgrims answered with a solo run in the bottom of the inning as Vincent Backert plated Crouse on a sacrifice-fly.
A single by Rogerson followed by a double by Wong put the Eagles up 3-1 in the top of the second inning.
After two scoreless half-innings, the Pilgrims took control in the bottom of the third. Evan Delaney and Stanley Vargas drew back-to-back walks, and then pulled off a successful double-steal to put both in scoring position. A single by Backert scored Delaney and set up Jamison Carey for a three-run home run over the left field fence for the 5-3 lead.
Husson had a quick response, cutting the lead to 5-4 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Ryan Rebar.
The Eagles held NEC scoreless the rest of the way and took control in the top of the sixth. Cam Archer got things going with a walk, followed by a single by Rogerson that moved him to second. With two runners, on, Wong singled through the right side, scoring Archer and forcing a play at the plate. A wild throw from right field went out of bounds, allowing Rogerson to score and Wong to move to third.
A walk put two runners on, setting up Christian Corneil for a two RBI single to centerfield for the seventh and eighth runs of the game.
Vargas pitched the first five innings of the game and scattered six hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks while striking out 10. Joseph Pascucci took the loss, scattering three hits, four runs, and three walks over two innings of work.
Luis Atiles batted 2-for-4 for NEC.
GAME TWO: HUSSON 8, NEC 6
The Pilgrims had a big first inning, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Vargas and a two-run home run by Delaney, but the Eagles had an answer for every Pilgrims run taking a 4-3 lead after two innings on a two-run double by Conor Maguire and back-to-back RBI singles by Rogerson and Archer.
NEC responed right back in the bottom half of the inning when Aneury Lara took a Ryan Allender pitch over the left field fence tying the game at 4-4 before Husson used a three-run fourth inning to take a 7-4 lead midway through the game on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by Rogerson, Wong and Rebar.
The Pilgrims came within one run at 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth as they scored two runs on an overthrow by Husson's third baseman. After a scoreless sixth inning for both teams, Corneil scored the final Eagle run on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh giving Husson a two run advantage.
NEC put a runner on in the top of the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate causing Husson's skipper Jason Harvey to make a call to his bullpen. Newly entered pitcher Nick Guerrette came in and retired the final batter of the game with a punch-out to earn his second save of the season.
Rogerson had another strong outing for Husson, batting 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
For NEC, Lara was 3-for-3 with a homerun. Vargas was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Jacob Gauvin (2-0) earned the win on the mound for Husson, scattering three hits, two runs, no walks and no strikeouts over three full innings in relief of the Eagle starter Allender. Allender earned a no decision after allowing four earned runs off seven hits with walks and four punch-outs.
Raymond Rosado took the loss for NEC, scattering five hits, seven runs (six earned), five walks and four strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Selah Dolomba and Esdras Rojas each pitched 1.2 innings of relief.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday, April 18th when they travel to Colby for a single nine inning non-conference game at Jack Coombs Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.