BANGOR, Maine — After a frustrating weekend in which they managed just 23 hits and 12 runs while dropping three of four games to North Atlantic Conference rival Castleton State (Vt.), the Husson University Eagles took out their frustrations on Lewiston’s Bates College Bobcats Tuesday.
Husson pounded out 16 hits and received six innings of solid six-hit, one-run ball from junior righthander Chris Morris en route to a 13-1 triumph at the Winkin Baseball Complex.
Husson improved to 13-9 while Bates fell to 3-9.
“We were pretty upset with the way we played offensively this weekend. It felt good to come out and put up 16 hits here and get some runs,” said Husson sophomore first baseman-third baseman Chris Maguire from Bucksport, who doubled, singled and drove in two runs. “We were a lot more relaxed today than we were this weekend.”
“Everything seemed to be clicking. Our hitters were aggressive. We got our pitches [to hit] and took advantage of them,” said freshman left fielder Kyle Vanidestine, who tripled, doubled and singled and drove in a run.
“Husson has a good team,” said Bates sophomore left fielder Alex Gallant of Bangor. “They swing the bats real well and they’re good defensively. They outplayed us today.”
Gallant’s triple and Tom Beaton’s base hit staked the Bobcats to a 1-0 lead in the third inning but Jeff Miller answered with a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the third to give Husson a lead it would never relinquish.
Maguire’s single and a walk set the stage for Miller’s third homer of the season, an opposite-field shot to right center off freshman starter and loser Demitrios Gatzogiannis.
“It felt good off the bat,” said Miller, who had three hits and five RBIs. “He threw me a fastball right down the pipe. It was a good hitter’s day today.”
Husson added three more in the fourth with Maguire’s two-run double to left center being the key hit.
“It was an inside fastball and I turned on it. I knew he was going to come inside on me,” said Maguire.
The Eagles put the game away with four more runs in the fifth at the expense of reliever Ben Thayer.
Ethan Guerette’s sacrifice fly, Maguire’s fielder’s choice, Nick Arthers’ booming triple and Miller’s single delivered the runs.
Meanwhile, Hampden’s Morris struck out four and walked one while throwing 52 strikes among his 86 pitches over six innings. He is now 3-0.
“Coach [Jason Harvey] always talks about pounding the strike zone,” said Morris. “I got ahead [in the count] with my fastball and then used my off-speed pitches. I mostly used my curveball but I mixed in my changeup a little bit.
“The defense played great today,” added Morris who was also happy to receive the run support. “It’s easy to pitch with an eight-run lead. You can just attack people and not worry about making mistakes.”
“He really mixed up his pitches. He kept us out on the front foot most of the time,” said Bates catcher and former Bangor High standout Gordy Webb.
Guerette had two hits and three RBIs for Husson and Matt Archetti had two singles.
Gallant tripled and singled for Bates and Chris Burke had two singles.