BANGOR, Maine — It was a homecoming for former Hampden Academy star Pat Moran of Winterport when his Saint Joseph’s College Monks visited the Winkin Baseball Complex for a non-league doubleheader against the Husson University Eagles Thursday.
Senior Moran made it a memorable return by belting a grand slam in the first inning of the nightcap and following it with a two-run single in the second inning as Saint Joseph’s of Standish completed a sweep with an 11-1 triumph.
Saint Joseph’s won the opener 8-2 as junior left fielder Todd Keneborus drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first inning and a pair of run-scoring singles.
“They’re a real good team,” said Husson junior first baseman Chris Maguire. “They hit the crap out of the ball. There wasn’t much we could do. We couldn’t put any hits together. We didn’t do what we needed to do. They definitely hit the ball well and saw the ball well.
“They were the better team today,” added Maguire.
“It’s nice having this lineup behind me. Definitely,” said Saint Joseph’s freshman righty Chad Rafferty, who tossed five innings of four-hit, one-run ball to notch his second win of the season in the nightcap.
Saint Joseph’s improved to 11-7 and has now won five of its last six games.
Husson fell to 11-12.
In the nightcap, Chris Campbell singled sharply to center to open the first and Husson freshman righty Bill Doherty walked the next three hitters as he had trouble with the small strike zone.
Moran then belted an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for his second career grand slam and 16th career homer.
“He threw me a first-pitch curve,” said Moran. “Then he came back with a fastball and left it up a little bit and I was able to get a hold of it.”
The Monks put the game away with six more runs in the second inning.
Campbell and Mike Burdin hit one-out singles and Ben Grant-Roy’s two-out single delivered Campbell.
Moran then lined a two-run single to right to chase Doherty in favor of Aaron Sullivan.
“Lately, I’ve been making an adjustment by keeping my weight back real well,” said Moran. “He threw me a fastball outside, I waited on it and just threw my hands at it and hit a nice line drive single to right.”
Eric LaBatte drew a walk off Sullivan before senior Craig Woodbrey hit his first career homer, a long three-run shot that he pulled over the right field fence.
Rafferty was sharp as he struck out three and walked two over his five-inning stint. He threw 72 pitches of which 42 were strikes.
“I was pretty happy with the way I threw,” said Rafferty. “At the start, I couldn’t get my offspeed stuff over. But, later in the game, it definitely got better.”
Moran, Campbell and Burdin had two hits each for Saint Joseph’s and Adam Stanclift and Tyler Laverriere each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Ethan Guerette tripled and scored on Jake Arthers’ fielder’s choice for Husson’s only run.
In the opener, Keneborus gave Saint Joseph’s the lead for good with his two-run homer off his hometown buddy, Husson lefty Ryan Walker. Both are from Hollis.
Keneborus pulled a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence.
“I played Babe Ruth baseball with him. I’ve know him a long time and I knew if he got behind in the count, he’d come in with a fastball,” said Keneborus. “It was a fastball inside and I got a good swing on it.”
“He just turned on it,” said Walker.
The Monks added three more in the second on Travis Adams’ single, Burdin’s RBI triple to right center, Nate Martin’s RBI safety squeeze and singles by Campbell and Keneborus.
Saint Joseph’s chased Walker in favor of Dan Beatham in the fourth after a pair of one-out walks. Keneborus greeted Beatham with an RBI single and Grant-Roy hit a sacrifice fly.
Freshman lefty Kyle Dorr pitched five innings of three-hit, one-run ball to collect his second win. He struck out four and didn’t walk anybody. He threw 52 strikes among his 76 pitches as he mixed in his fastball, curve and change-up.
“All of my pitches worked well today,” said Dorr.
“He mixed his pitches up well and spotted the ball,” said Husson junior shortstop Guerette.
“He kept us off-balance,” said Maguire.
Besides Keneborus’ three hits, Saint Joseph’s received two apiece from Campbell, Adams and Burdin.
Maguire had two singles and an RBI for Husson. Guerette and Matt Archetti each doubled.
Husson will host Thomas College for a pair of North Atlantic Conference doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday beginning at noon.