Pitchers help Eagles earn sweep

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Posted March 28, 2010, at 10:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Ryan Arsenault did his job masterfully over seven innings.

Dan Beatham did his for just one hitter.

But both played critical roles in Husson’s 6-0 and 4-3 North Atlantic Conference victories over the University of Maine-Farmington on a frigid and blustery Sunday afternoon at the Winkin Baseball Complex.

Husson completed a four-game sweep of the Beavers after taking Saturday’s twinbill 1-0 and 11-1.

Junior righthander Arsenault tossed a two-hitter in Sunday’s opener with five strikeouts and one walk.

Husson improved to 11-10 and, more importantly, 4-0 in NAC play. UMF fell to 0-6 and 0-4, respectively.

Beatham came on in the nightcap with the bases loaded, two outs and Husson clinging to a 4-3 lead after the Beavers had rallied for three seventh-inning runs off Kyle Leeman.

Beatham struck out Matt Levine with a 2-2 fastball to end it.

Righty Leeman had cruised through six innings, limiting the Beavers to Kyle Shea’s ground-ball single to right in the fifth inning while his mates staked him to a 4-0 lead.

But Josh Garneau grounded a sharp single to center to open the seventh and Brett Wallingford blooped a single into right. Matt Judkins’ one-hop single off Leeman’s glove loaded the bases with nobody out.

Brian Jenkins delivered Garneau with a grounder to third on which Jake Arthers made a great play to throw him out from the seat of his pants.

Shea lined an RBI single to right and, a strikeout later, a passed ball made it 4-3 before Russ Schmelzer reached on a bunt single. A walk loaded the bases but the hard-throwing Beathem came on to get Levine,

“I had [Leeman’s] back. I had to throw strikes and that’s what I did,” said Beatham, who had blown a save when he surrendered five ninth-inning runs in a 12-9 loss to Bates College in his previous outing on Wednesday.

“My curve wasn’t working very well while I was warming up so I just went with my fastball and it worked,” said Beatham. “It was good to come back and pitch like my old self.”

“He threw me fastballs and they all moved away from me. It was difficult for me to get to them,” said the lefthanded-hitting Levine.

“He threw a lot harder than Leeman or Arsenault. He threw harder than anyone we’ve seen in our six games,” said Levine.

“He was huge,” said Leeman, who allowed six hits while striking out five and walking two. “We definitely need him. He’s vital. To see him come back and do that in that situation was awesome.”

Righty Brian Morrison pitched well in defeat, allowing seven hits and four runs in six innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

But Tom Crews’ two-run single in the first and Josh Tardiff’s two-run base hit in the sixth supplied the Eagles with a 4-0 lead.

Ethan Guerette’s bunt single, a wild pitch and Arthers’ infield hit and stolen base set the stage for Crews’ soft line-drive single to right center.

“He threw me a curve ball outside and I just went with it,” said Crews, who triggered the sixth-inning rally with a ground-ball double down the left-field line.

Jason Smith reached on a wild pitch on his swinging third strike, he stole second and scored with Crews on Tardiff’s single through the box on an 0-2 pitch.

“It was a curve and he left it up so I went up the middle with it” said Tardiff.

“I threw him two straight curves. I probably shouldn’t have done that,” said Morrison.

In the opener, Arsenault tossed a masterpiece.

He threw 57 strikes among his 81 pitches, including 16 first-pitch strikes on the 23 hitters he faced.

“I had every pitch working, to be honest,” said Arsenault who features a fastball, curve and changeup. “I just worried about hitting the [catcher’s] mitt every time and letting the guys behind me make the plays.

“This was definitely my best game of the year, by far,” added Arsenault.

“He had a real good curve and he spotted his fastball well. He also threw his changeup. He kept us off-balance,” said UMF cleanup hitter Garneau. “When his curve is on, you can’t touch it.”

UMF leadoff hitter Schmelzer said, “he mixed his pitches up well. He pitched very well.”

Chris Maguire was the offensive star for the Eagles with a pair of doubles and three runs-batted in.

His two-out, two-run double in the third, a shot to left that sunk in front of diving left fielder Schmelzer, broke a scoreless tie and Arthers followed with an RBI double. All three runs were unearned.

“[UMF pitcher Connor McNeill] threw me a curve over the middle and I turned on it,” said Maguire.

Arthers also had two hits for Husson.

Levine’s double and Morrison’s single were the only hits off Arsenault.

On Saturday, Nate Adams threw a six-hit shutout in the opener, striking out six and walking three, and Kyle Vanidestine’s single with two runs in the bottom of the seventh drove home Chase Daniels to win it.

Bill Ridge tossed a three-hitter for UMF, striking out four and walking two.

Vanidestine had two hits for Husson and Schmelzer had three for UMF.

In the nightcap, Chris Morris threw a three-hitter, striking out one and walking one, and Crews had a pair of doubles and three RBIs to key a 10-hit attack. Vanidestine, Guerette and Arthers also had a pair of hits.

(Saturday’s First Game)

UM-Farmington (0-3) 000 000 0 — 0 6 4

Husson (8-10) 000 000 1 — 1 3 0

Ridge and Ashey; Adams and Briand-Evans

(Saturday’s Second Game)

UM-Farmington (0-4) 000 001 0 — 1 3 4

Husson (9-10) 300 125 x — 11 10 1

Winchenbach, Ashey (6), DiPompo (6) and Macvane; Morris and Rennick

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