BANGOR — It was a homecoming for Bowdoin College baseball pitchers Evan Farley of Hampden and Ian Edwards of Bangor Monday night and they helped Bowdoin earn a split with Husson University at the Winkin Complex.
Senior lefthander Farley pitched 5 2/3 innings of eight-hit, four-run ball to notch the win and junior righty Edwards earned his seventh save as 17-7 Bowdoin triumphed 8-4 in the nightcap.
Joe Comizio’s tie-breaking two-run single in the fifth inning and Dan Hicks’ two-run double in the seventh were the pivotal hits.
Husson, now 19-14, won the opener 8-2 to snap Bowdoin’s six-game winning streak.
In the nightcap, Comizio rifled a one-out bases-loaded single to left to break a 2-2 tie and Hicks followed with a sacrifice fly.
Jordan Edgett had singled off Husson starter Mark Dvilinsky to open the fifth and Brendan Garner greeted reliever Aaron Sullivan with a single to left before Brett Gorman was credited with a single when his fly ball was lost in the lights.
One out later, Comizio fouled off a pair of 1-2 pitches before singling.
“I fouled off a few curves and he made a mistake and left another curve up,” said Comizio.
Hicks followed with a sacrifice fly.
Husson rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth on Chris Maguire’s one-out single, Kyle Vanidestine’s double, Tom Crews’ RBI fielder’s choice and Kevin Rennick’s two-out RBI single.
But Bowdoin answered with three in the seventh as Gorman singled with one out, Dan Findley walked and, one out later, the lefthanded-hitting Hicks sliced a hard liner off reliever Dan Beatham that ticked off the glove of diving left fielder Vanidestine.
“He threw me a fastball outside and I finally waited back on it and stroked it the other way,” said Hicks.
Adam Marquit singled home another run.
Edwards allowed a walk and an infield hit and struck out two in the seventh.
Farley struck out two and walked one before Drew LoRusso got the final out of the sixth.
Gorman, Comizio and Marquit had two hits each for Bowdoin, while Maguire had three hits for Husson and Shawn Smith and Rennick had two each.
“I just tried to get ahead in the count and I kept pumping in my change-up to try to keep them off-balance,” said Farley.
“It would have been fun to sweep the hometown boys but it was good to bounce back in the second game,” said Edwards.
In the opener, junior righthander Nate Adams from Frankfort tossed a six-hitter and Cody McInnis and Crews each drove in a pair of runs.
Adams struck out five and walked two while throwing 101 pitches, 63 of which were strikes.
One of the runs was unearned.
“This was one of my better outings of the season. I established my fastball early on and then the curve came around (as the game progressed). I used my cutter as my out pitch,” said Adams, who improved to 5-3.
“He made good pitches and kept the ball down,” said Bowdoin’s Garner. “He kept us off-balance with his off-speed pitches.”
Gorman said “He threw a good game. It was tough to pick the ball up out of his hand.”
The Eagles broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning off freshman reliever Sam Herzig to expand the lead to 6-1.
Maguire drew a one-out walk and Vanidestine and Crews were both hit by pitches.
Nik Ververis hit a sacrifice fly and Josh Tardiff laced a line single to center to deliver Vanidestine before McInnis followed with a two-run single to left-center.
Husson added two more runs in the fifth off reliever Dave Bernstein.
Smith walked to open the inning and Vanidestine drew a one-out walk before Crews ripped a two-run double off the left field fence.
Husson took a 1-0 lead off starter Ben Higgins in the second inning without the benefit of a hit.
Smith drew a lead-off walk, stole second, went to third on an infield throwing error and scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles made it 2-0 at the expense of Herzig in the third.
Ververis walked to open the inning and went to second on groundout and scored on Jake Arthers’ two-out, line-drive single to center.
Bowdoin cut the lead in half in the fourth when Garner singled sharply to center with one out and Gorman delivered him with a double to left.
Bowdoin scored an unearned run in the seventh when Marquit singled with one out and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Marquit was the game’s lone repeat hitter as he had a double to go with his base hit.
“It was a pretty productive day,” said Husson coach Jason Harvey. He was particularly pleased with Adams’ outing, his team’s timely hits in the first game and the way they battled back in the nightcap.