LAKELAND, Fla. – Husson University opened its 2013 baseball season Monday at the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational where it split a doubleheader against Roger Williams University.
The Eagles shut out Roger Williams 8-0, then Roger Williams bounced back fora 7-4 win.
In the opener, Husson scored 2 runs in the Top of the 1st, and continued the scoring pace with 4 runs in the top of the 4th, and 1 run in each the 5th and 6th inning. Dylan Foster (Oakland, Maine), Pat Thibodeau (Caribou, Maine), Shawn Smith (Winterport, Maine), Brandon Campbell (South Paris, Maine), Benjamin McLain (Pemaquid,ME), and Cody McInnis(Bangor, Maine) had the RBI’s for the Eagles. Brandon Gendreau (Brewer, Maine) had 2 doubles, Thibodeau and McLain each had one double on the day. Foster had the only stolen base of the day for the Eagles.
Defensively for Husson Gendreau, Kyle McLain (Orrington, Maine), B. McLain, and McInnis turned double plays.
Pat McEwen (Brewer, Maine) pitched the shutout for the Eagles going all 7 innings, facing 22 batters, giving up 3 hits, and striking out 4 batters. McEwen threw 19 pitches, 12 strikes.
Winter, Lund, and Chamberlain pitched for Roger Williams.
In game two, the Eagles held a 4-2 lead going into the 7th inning but could not hold onto the lead. Roger Williams came back to score 2 runs in the top of the 7th and 3 runs in the top of the 9th.
Husson saw extra base hits from Thibodeau, Smith, and B. McLain who had all doubles. Gendreau, Smith, Jordan Carter (Ellsworth, Maine), and B. McLain batted in the runs for the Eagles. Smith and Josh Gaudette (Waterville, Maine) had stolen bases, while B. McLain, McInnis, and Zachary Yates (Newport, RI) turned double plays defensively.
For Roger Williams, Nelson and Timothy had doubles, Swenson, Oppenhimer, Jefferies, Campo, and Timothy had the RBI’s. Nelson and Jefferies had stolen bases. Anderson, Orosz, and Pogmore pitched for the Hawks.
Dan Whitney (Bethel, Maine) pitched 4.1 innings for the Eagles facing 15 batters, giving up 2 hits with one strikeout. Yates faced 12 batters in 2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, with one strike out. Thibodeau came in for 1.2 innnings, facing 8 batters. Dennis O’Neil (Mount Desert, Maine) faced 7 batters in one inning.
The Eagles play Rensselaer Polytechnic Tuesday at 11 a.m.
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Saint Joseph’s College (5-0) edged Wheaton College (3-2), 2-1, in a battle between two of the top NCAA DIII New England programs on Monday afternoon at Warner University. Sophomore Alex Valenti (Lawrence, Mass.) tossed five innings of one-run, four-hit ball to collect the winning decision.
Saint Joseph’s, ranked 12th in the most recent D3baseball.com national poll, was able to outlast Wheaton, the top-ranked team in the country and 2012 NCAA DIII World Series runner-up, with the help of excellent pitching and sound offensive execution.
The game was scoreless and the Monks were held without a hit going into the bottom of the fourth. Junior third baseman Alex Markakis (Lynnfield, Mass.) ended the hitless drought when he led off the end of the fourth frame with a double down the left field line, but appeared to be doubled off second when the following batter – sophomore catcher Nic Lops (South Portland, Maine/Cheverus) – hit a sinking liner to first that was initially called a catch. St. Joe’s Head Coach Will Sanborn ’86 asked for help from the home plate umpire and the call was reversed, giving the Monks runners on first and second with nobody out.
Both runners moved up a base when sophomore designated hitter Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.) dropped down a sacrifice bunt and senior first baseman Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.) followed with a sac fly to center, plating Markakis and lifting the Royal Blue to a 1-0 lead.
The Lyons challenged in the top of the fifth when freshman Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass.) walked, senior Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H.) reached on an error and senior Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass.) walked to load the bases with two out, but Valenti settled in and fanned sophomore first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I.) to end the threat.
Saint Joseph’s tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth to secure a 2-0 cushion. Senior left fielder Sam Butts (Saco, Maine) led off with a walk and moved up to second on a David Nieves (York, Maine) sac bunt. Up next was senior second baseman Brandon Chase (Naples, Maine), who knocked in his classmate with a double to left-center.
As it played out, the second SJC run proved vital as Wheaton pushed a run across in the top of the sixth to cut the Monks’ advantage back down to one. Sophomore Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn.) and senior catcher Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass.) led off the frame with base hits and Coach Sanborn removed Valenti in favor of sophomore lefthander Dan Meeken (Marshfield, Mass.) as a result. Both baserunners moved up a bag on a Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass.) sac bunt and Contillo tagged up and scored when Pratt made an over the shoulder catch on a foul fly ball hit by Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass.).
Freshman reliever Corey McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) replaced Meeken in the top of the eighth and, after a harmless eighth, ran into trouble in the ninth when Wheaton managed to load the bases on a hit batsman an SJC infield error and a walk. The righthander was able to work his way out of the jam with a harmless fly to right to close out the game and record his second two-inning save in as many days.
Lops, who went 2-3 on the day, was the Monks’ lone repeat hitter while Coyne and Nieves both contributed a pair of sac bunts in the victory. Meeken allowed one hit and fanned one in two innings of relief and McNamara closed the door while allowing a hit and a free pass over two frames.
Ryan was 2-4 with a double and finished as the Lyons’ only batter to record more than one hit in the loss. Junior starting pitcher Nik Filloramo (Rochester, Mass.) allowed two runs off three hits and three walks with five strikeouts to take the loss and freshman Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass.) finished the game with two innings of two-hit relief. Offensively, Wheaton stranded 14 runners on base in the one-run setback.
Wheaton’s run in the top of the sixth ended the Monks’ scoreless inning streak at 30.2 innings. The SJC pitching staff has allowed only two runs in 35 innings and carries a 0.51 team ERA into the team’s sixth game of the trip.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 3-6 in the history of the series with Wheaton College. The last time the Monks defeated a #1 ranked team occurred during the 2009 campaign when the Royal Blue bested Southern Maine by an 8-7 margin on April 29th.
Saint Joseph’s resumes play on Wednesday when the Monks face Keene State College in a single nine-inning game slated to begin at 1:00 PM.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Husson softball competed in the final day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in the Copper Bracket Round Robin. The Eagles dropped an early game to Ithaca 8-4 and closed out the tournament with a 10-7 victory over Hiram College.
Game 1 vs. Ithaca College
The Eagles scored 2 runs in the first, but Ithaca countered with 5. Husson got within two runs to bring it to 6-4 in the fourth inning, but Ithaca scored two more in the fifth inning to bring the game to its final score, 8-4. Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) pitched for the loss, while Ithaca’s Brooke Powers got the win.
In the Eagles’ final game of the tournament, Hiram struck first with six runs in the top of the first inning. Husson answered with five runs in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to a run, 6-5. Husson took the lead in the second with four runs and then added another run in the third to go up 10-6. The Eagles increased their lead in the fifth thanks to three more runs and put the game away with another run in the six to post the 14-6 victory after six innings. First year pitcher Emily Staples (Caribou, ME) got the win, while Taylor Miller picked up the loss.
The NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic featured 28 teams and included 14 that are ranked in the latest NFCA Division III poll. Participating teams competed in pool play with three round-robin games. Following pool play, teams were assigned to brackets based on their round-robin records. Complete results from the tournament can be found here: https://nfca.org/index.php/nfca-events/140/3966-division-iii-leadoff-classic-2013-schedule.
At Newburgh, N.Y., Husson battled back from a 4-0 deficit in the first quarter to close the lead to just two goals, but Mount Saint Mary proved to be too much.
Husson (0-3) led most major statistical categories with 41 ground balls, and only 25 turnovers to the Knights 27. Each team had 33 shots, while the Knights caused 10 turnovers, and the Eagles caused 9.
The Eagles came back in the final four minutes, scoring back-to-back goals to close the lead to 9-7, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the early lead established by Mount Saint Mary.
Matt O’Donnell had four goals to lead the Knights.