February 26, 2020
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Nick Arthers fuels offense for Husson Eagles

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University catcher Nick Arthers had a weekend to remember.

Lyndon State College’s Hornets are just thankful he’s a senior.

Arthers went 10-for-12 with two homers, a triple, four doubles and 13 runs batted in as Husson capped a four-game sweep with 6-5 and 20-1 triumphs on Sunday at the Winkin Baseball Complex.

Husson took Saturday’s twinbill 11-1, 10-1.

Husson is now 17-10 overall, 5-3 in the North Atlantic Conference. Lyndon State fell to 0-9-1 and 0-4, respectively.

“I don’t know what’s happened to me. I’m just seeing the ball real well,” said Arthers, who raised his average from .347 to .414 over the weekend. “I got my pitches to hit today and I took advantage.”

“He’s locked in right now,” said teammate Billy Shannon.

”He’s amazing. He might be the best player in the league,” said Lyndon State junior shortstop Josh Fletcher.

Arthers’ most important hit of the weekend came in Sunday’s opener.

Husson trailed 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Kyle Vanidestine on third.

Arthers ripped senior lefty Matt Picard’s first pitch over center fielder Zach Maerder’s head and beyond his full-length dive for a game-tying double and he scored the winning run on Jeff Miller’s double.

“[Picard] threw me a little curveball. That’s what I was looking for the whole day,” said Arthers. “I tried to put a good swing on it and put it to one of the gaps. I got lucky enough that the wind was blowing out a little bit and [Maerder] couldn’t quite get under it. I didn’t quite get all of it but got it just enough to get the job done. I’m just happy to come out with a win.”

“It was a low slider,” said Picard. “It was a good pitch. I got a little bit too much of the plate with it. He hit it and the wind carried it. Zach made a good play on it but just couldn’t come up with it. That’s the way it went.”

Miller followed with his game-ending double to right center off a 3-2 fastball.

“[Picard] left it over the plate and I made him pay for it,” said Miller, who hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield in his first three at-bats.

“Coach [Jason Harvey] has taught us to flush out our previous at-bats, our previous outs and our previous errors. I just went out [to the plate] calm and relaxed,” said Miller who added that Harvey has also stressed two-strike hitting.

“I kept my weight back and made sure I made good contact on the ball,” Miller said.

Vanidestine had singled off Picard’s leg to open the inning, he was sacrificed to second by Ethan Guerette and went to third on a groundout.

Lyndon State had stunned the Eagles in the top of the seventh, erasing a 4-3 deficit on Andrew Robbins’ base hit, Maerder’s RBI triple to left center and Fletcher’s sacrifice fly.

Arthers’ two-run homer to left center in the third had supplied Husson with its 4-3 lead.

Arthers was Husson’s lone repeat hitter with three hits while Lyndon State got two hits apiece from Robbins, Stetson Hicks and Max Gosselin.

Ryan Arsenault picked up the complete-game win.

In the nightcap, Husson scored nine first-inning runs with Arthers belting a two-run homer to left; Vanidestine having a pair of singles in the inning and Chris Maguire and Cody Haverly-Johndro contributing doubles off freshman starter and loser Shane O’Donnell-Leach.

“I was really pleased with how we came back in the second game and showed what kind of team we can be,” said Arthers.

“That first game took a lot of air out of our tires,” said Lyndon State coach Ryan Farley.

“Husson has a very, very talented team,” said Fletcher.

Arthers and Vanidestine each went 3-for-3 and combined for five RBIs. Maguire had two hits and two RBIs and Miller had two hits.

Nate Adams tossed six impressive innings of five-hit, one-run ball with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

Fletcher and Jeremy Rocheleau had two hits each for the Hornets.

In Saturday’s first game, Nick Arthers posted two doubles, a single and two RBIs to propel the Eagles.

Maguire hit three singles while Dennis Graham had a two-run double. Jake Arthers added a two-run single for Husson.

In Saturday’s second game, Kyle Leeman tossed a complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 12 for the win.

Vanidestine doubled and singled twice while Nick Arthers drove in four runs. Miller and Graham each hit an RBI double for the Eagles.

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