Morris pitches in, Eagles soar to 11th straight win

Posted April 27, 2009, at 11:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University Eagles were held to their lowest run total in 11 games in Monday’s contest against the Colby College Mules.

But junior righthander Chris Morris scattered 10 hits and three runs over eight innings and Dan Beatham pitched a perfect ninth as Husson triumphed 5-3 at the Winkin Baseball Complex.

The Eagles set a school record with their 28th win and they also extended their winning streak to 11 games. Husson, which has won 15 of its last 16 games, will take a 28-11 record and the No. 2 seed into the North Atlantic Conference tournament in Glens Falls, N.Y. beginning Friday.

Defending champ Castleton State (Vt.) is the top seed.

The Mules suffered their 13th straight loss and are now 5-22.

Hampden’s Morris struck out four and didn’t walk anyone while throwing 109 pitches, 73 for strikes. He improved to 5-1.

Just one of the runs off him was earned.

“I was pleased. My fastball, curve and changeup were all working and I kept them off-balance,” said Morris. “I threw strikes in important situations and the defense played great behind me.

”They got some hits off me but as long as you can keep them off the scoreboard, that’s what counts,” added Morris.

“He did a good job throwing strikes,” said Colby College coach Dale Plummer. “We knew he had thrown earlier in the week and we were hoping to get his pitch count up but that didn’t happen.”

Morris had pitched five innings and given up five runs, five hits and seven walks in a 17-6 win over Colby last Thursday.

“It was like night and day,” said Husson senior catcher Nick Arthers describing Morris’ two outings against Colby.

“He had a few walks here and there on Thursday but he came out and pounded the strike zone today and made [good] pitches when he had to,” said Arthers.

The Eagles staked him to a 4-0 lead in the first inning at the expense of freshman righty Mark Collins, who threw 39 pitches in the inning.

Kyle Vanidestine walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Ethan Guerette lined a long double into the left field corner.

Chris Maguire reached on an infield error and Arthers grounded a single to left to expand his school-record single-season RBI total to 60.

A wild pitch, a walk to Jeff Miller and Dennis Graham’s sacrifice fly into foul territory made it 3-0 and a throwing error by catcher Kyle McKay on Miller’s steal of second delivered the final run.

Collins shut out the Eagles over the next four innings before Guerette singled and scored on Miller’s groundout in the sixth.

John Lerner and Craig Cooper singled home third-inning runs for the Mules and they strung together lead-off singles by John LaMantia, Cooper and McKay to produce an eighth-inning run.

But a fly-out and a 5-3 double play ended the threat.

Guerette and Arthers had three hits each for Husson while Mike Mastrocola had three singles Colby and Cooper had a pair of base hits.

lmahoney@bangordailynews.net

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