BANGOR, Maine — Kyle Vanidestine admitted he should have tried to go to the opposite field with Thomas College righthander Danny Burke’s 1-1 curveball in the seventh inning of the nightcap during Saturday’s North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at the Winkin Baseball Complex.
The Husson University sophomore wound up grounding a two-out single just beyond diving shortstop Jeff Richardson to deliver Chase Daniels with the winning run as Husson beat Thomas 5-4 to complete a sweep.
Husson junior lefty Ryan Arsenault pitched a masterpiece in the opener, allowing just three singles and one walk while striking out five to post his second straight shutout, 7-0.
In the nightcap, Andy Bush worked a one-out walk off Burke after falling behind 1-2 in the count and pinch-runner Daniels came on and moved to second when Cody Haverly-Johndro bounced an 0-2 pitch to second.
Vanidestine, who tripled and doubled earlier in the game, then reached out and hooked Burke’s outside curve into left field to deliver Daniels.
“It was pretty low and he put it on the outside corner so I probably should have driven it to right field. But I was a little ahead of it. It found a hole and got the run in,” said Vanidestine.
“He did a hell of a job staying on it,” said Burke. “He found the hole to win the game.”
“[Bush] had a great at-bat. He did a great job working the count and getting on base,” said Husson coach Jason Harvey. “And then Cody had a productive out. He did an excellent job getting [Daniels] over there and once you get a guy in scoring position, you’re only one hit away [from winning it].
The Terriers (6-10, 1-3 NAC) had rallied to tie it with a run in the top of the seventh as pinch hitter Ben Goodall singled to center, pinch runner Cody Vigue was sacrificed to second by Richardson and Tim Costa’s soft, line-drive single to left delivered him.
Husson (14-13, 7-1 NAC) took the lead in the first with two unearned runs. Vanidestine doubled to start the rally and Shawn Smith reached on an infield single. Smith stole second and both runners scored when Jake Arthers’ sharp grounder to second baseman Costa glanced off his glove for an error.
Thomas scored three in the second as they capitalized on Kyle Leeman’s wildness.
Scott Geel and Taylor Livingston drew one-out walks and Josh Gray lined a single to left.
Josh Nickerson drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run, Tom Cameron singled in the second run and Richardson’s ground ball to second produced the third run.
Husson tied it in the third on Vanidestine’s long triple to left and Ethan Guerette’s single.
The Eagles took the lead in the fourth on Tom Crews’ lead-off single, an infield error and a double-play grounder.
Freshman reliever Bill Bart picked up the win with three innings of two-hit, one-run relief.
“[Bart] did an excellent job,” said Harvey.
Chris Maguire had two singles to complement Vanidestine’s three-hit game.
Just two of Husson’s runs off Burke were earned and he had six strikeouts. He gave up nine hits but walked just one.
In the opener, Arsenault was the story as he mixed his pitches and threw 58 strikes among his 82 pitches.
He threw 16 first-pitch strikes and never faced more than four hitters in an inning.
“He kept us off-balance,” said Costa. “He threw all three pitches for strikes. He could throw any pitch in any count. That’s the best I’ve seen him pitch over the last couple of years.”
“All three pitches — fastball, curve, changeup — were working,” said Arsenault. “I felt good the second I woke up this morning until right now. I tried to get ahead of the hitters and then put them away. I pitched to contact and let my guys behind me make the plays.”
His mates gave him all the run support he needed in the first inning when they scored three times off Payton Austin.
Vanidestine ripped a double over left fielder Eric Sucy’s head and Ethan Guerette reached on catcher’s interference. They then worked a double steal.
Smith’s RBI grounder on which an error was committed produced the first run and Maguire poked a two-run single to center, giving him his sixth and seventh RBIs of the four-game series with Thomas.
“I didn’t get that good a swing on it but it caught the fat part of the bat,” said Maguire.
Husson added four more in the second on four hits and two walks. Guerette doubled and Smith and Arthers had RBI singles in the inning.
Maguire and Haverly-Johndro had two hits each for Husson with Thomas receiving singles from Taylor Livingston, Nickerson and Sucy.