Castleton, VT - The Husson University baseball team entered the North Atlantic Conference tournament on Friday looking to defend their championship title from last season. The #2 seed Eagles got off on the right foot in their first round game against the UMaine-Farmington Beavers, drubbing the #3 seed 10-1 in a nine inning game.
Husson's newly elected NAC Pitcher of the Year Tim Nason (Bucksport, ME) showed exactly why he earned that honor, going the distance for a complete game win to improve to 6-0. Nason allowed one earned run, scattering six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. He needed just 83 pitches to traverse the nine innings, locating 58 of them for strikes.
Farmington would score first in the game, as Tom Grady managed to connect for a solo home run in the top of the second inning off Nason. The Beavers would hold that 1-0 lead until Husson came to bat in the bottom of the fourth.
NAC Player of the Year Dylan Foster (Oakland, ME) led off the frame with a walk, and he advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Brandon Gendreau (Brewer, ME). J.T. Whitten (Waterville, ME) would come up next, and tie the game with a base-hit that brought home Foster. A passed ball and a walk would then load the bases for Dennis Meehan (Gardiner, ME), who delivered a two-run single that chased home both Gendreau and Whitten to make it 3-1 Eagles.
Nason would make that two-run lead hold up through the middle innings, and Husson would tack on plenty of insurance in the eighth as they exploded for a seven-run inning.
The Eagles sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth, taking advantage of three UMF errors while also knocking five hits as a team. Meehan picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to plate Whitten, and Jordan Carter (Ellsworth, ME) followed that with a two-run single of his own to blow the game open.
Nason would give up a two-out double in the ninth, but he was able to retire the next batter to finish off the dominant outing.
Whitten, also recently named to the NAC All-Conference team, paced the Husson offense with three hits, two RBI, and two runs scored in the runaway win.
Husson will now move on to face Castleton State in a winner's bracket game on Saturday at 12pm. Not only will the Eagles look to secure a bid to the championship game with a win, but they will also be looking to get some revenge as Castleton swept a three-game set from Husson on March 29.