March 25, 2012

Husson Takes Game One 2-0 Despite Steady Rain

Bangor, ME - The Husson University baseball team continued their winning ways against the Pilgrims of New England College, taking their third consecutive victory over the visitors at a rain-soaked Harold Alfond Diamond at the John W. Winkin Sports Complex in game one on Sunday.

The Eagles received a strong showing on the hill from starter Pat McEwen (Brewer, ME) who went the distance to earn the complete game shut-out, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out five. Offensively, Kyle Vanidestine (Bangor, ME) responded to his move to the two-hole with a 2-2 day at the plate while driving in a run. Lead-off hitter Dylan Foster (Oakland, ME) went 2-3 at the dish while scoring a run. 

For the Pilgrims, shortstop Pierce Byrd (Ft. Myers, FL) had McEwen's number, going 3-3 at the plate, but New England College - who actually out-hit the host Eagles 6-5 - was unable to turn that offensive production into runs, leaving a total of seven runners on base. On the hill, junior south paw Chris Wallace (Manchester, NH) threw a complete game despite receiving the loss, going six complete, allowing five hits an a walk while striking out five of his own. 

The Eagles broke out in the bottom of the third when Foster started things off with a two out single that trickled off the bat and the speedy right fielder was able to leg out the throw, and quickly took second base. Vanidestine singled through the left side, bringing Foster all the way around to score the first run of the day.

After NEC was unable to score in the top of the fourth, despite getting two aboard, Husson would add another run in the bottom of the inning. Jake Arthers (Belfast, ME) drew a one-out walk, and moved to second on a passed ball. First baseman Benjamin McLain (Pemaquid, ME) steppped up to the plate and belted an RBI single to left field, plating Arthers and giving Husson a 2-0 lead. 

That would be all the Eagles needed as the defense settled in to finish the victory. The Pilgrims had their chances, getting runners at first and third with just one out in the top of the 7th, but McEwen ended the game with a big strike out and a ground ball to take the win. 

After a short break, both teams turned around to complete the four game series under a steady drizzle at the park.