BANGOR, Maine — Husson University junior designated hitter Dennis Graham hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield in his first three at-bats.
But Graham ripped a two-run double with two outs in the sixth inning to cap a four-run rally Wednesday and give Husson the lead for good as the Eagles overcame a five-run deficit to beat Bowdoin College 19-9 in the rain on Seniors Day at the Winkin Baseball Complex.
Sophomore reliever Dan Beatham tossed four innings of two-hit, one-run ball to pick up his first win in two decisions.
Freshman Matt Archetti, who entered the game with one run batted in on the season, drove in three with one swing of the bat as his bases-clearing double highlighted a nine-run eighth inning that broke the game open.
“It looked pretty bad for a little bit but we managed to string together a few hits as a team and then we came back with that one big inning,” said Graham.
“We didn’t handle the conditions well and they did a great job,” said Bowdoin coach Mike Connolly. “When things got slick, they kept making plays and kept making pitches and our guys didn’t.”
Husson trailed 8-6 entering the sixth but Billy Shannon ignited the rally by drawing a walk after fouling off four two-strike pitches.
Kyle Vanidestine reached on a one-hop infield single and Ethan Guerette sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Chris Maguire’s groundout delivered Shannon and Husson RBI leader Nick Arthers tied the game with a seeing-eye single up the middle.
Jeff Miller walked before Graham lined his double over the head of left fielder Matt Ruane, who was playing shallow.
“I had been seeing the ball real well in my first two at-bats. And then I came in with confidence after all the guys were getting some good hits,” said Graham. “There were two outs but [reliever Joe Comizio] managed to make a mistake. He threw me a curveball that was up in the zone and I put a solid hit on to it.
“The left fielder was playing way in there and, off the bat, he misjudged the ball and came in even more on it,” added Graham.
Bowdoin pulled within 10-9 with a run in the seventh on Bangor native Ian Edwards’ third hit and second double of the game and Joe Pace’s RBI single.
But Husson erupted in the eighth as hit batsman, walk and throwing error on Jake Arthers’ sacrifice produced the first run and a walk to Tom Crews loaded the bases before Archetti ripped on 0-1 pitch from Carter Butland over center fielder Brendan Garner’s head to chase home all three runs.
“It felt pretty good,” said Archetti. “I was looking for something I could get up in the air to lengthen the lead and it got over the center fielder’s head. It was a fastball up and I got pretty big eyes and drove the ball,” said Archetti.
Beatham, meanwhile, finished with three strikeouts and no walks over the last four innings after replacing an ineffective Chris Pease. He did hit a batter and gave up the hits to Edwards and Pace.
“He was amazing. He pitched one heck of a game,” said Graham.
“I had a good grip on the ball, surprisingly,” said Dexter’s Beatham. “My arm felt great today. I knew I had to throw strikes and I did. My slider and fastball were working.”
Guerette, Maguire and Crews had two singles each for 22-11 Husson, which has won five straight.
Garner and Edwards had three hits apiece for 17-15 Bowdoin and Joe Berte tripled and singled and knocked in three runs.
Bowdoin pitchers walked 14 and the Polar Bears committed five errors.
“Any time your pitchers struggle and don’t throw strikes and you don’t make plays, everything snowballs,” said Berte. “And they swung the bats pretty well.”