May 1, 2011

Husson Downs Castleton 3-1 for NEAC East Baseball Title

The Eagles claimed the North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division Baseball Championship with a 3-1 victory over the Castleton Spartans.  A tremendous rivalry exists between the Eagles and Spartans, having met in the East Division Championship for the past three years and Husson has appeared in the championship for seven consecutive years.  While the Spartans took the title last year, the Eagles reclaimed it with sharp pitching and timely hitting.   With the win, Husson will travel to Castleton for the Divisional Crossover Championship and will face NEAC West Champion Penn State Berks on May 7-8.  The winner of that three-game series will receive an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.

Husson scored in the first inning when Dylan Foster tallied an unearned run off an RBI from Ethan Guerette.  The Eagles tacked on another run in the bottom of the second off a sacrifice fly to right field by Cody McInnis that plated Tom Crews.  In the fourth inning, a Kyle Rennick sacrifice fly to center field pushed Crews across the plate, following a throwing error by Castleton.

Castleton threatened in the top of the fifth inning when Mathew Pause singled to left field and advanced to second following a David Brandt single to shortstop.  The inning ended with Pause stranded on second base.

Trailing 3-0, Eisenhoof led off the top of the ninth inning for Castleton, hitting a chopper that was fielded by Husson’s Dan Beatham and flicked to first, but not in time.  A single to left field by Zack Mayo advanced Eisenhoof to second with no outs.  Beatham managed to strikeout Aaron Zrenda on a curve ball but Joe Borowski reached on a throwing error.  Eisenhuth advanced to third and scored the Spartan’s only run of the game off the error.  The game ended with an Adam Greenlese groundout to McInnis.

Castleton’s Brandon Fay pitched a complete game loss with five strikeouts, four walks, three runs allowed and four hits in eight innings of work.  Beatham earned the win for the Eagles for his nine innings of pitching that included six strikeouts, one run allowed, and two walks on six hits.  For his efforts, Beatham was named the Tournament MVP.

Offensively, Eisenhuth led the Spartans hitting 1-4 with one run scored.  The hits were spread among the Castleton offense with 1-4 efforts from Jack Lancelin, Zak Mayo, and Peter Wagner.

Dylan Foster led the Eagles with a 2-4 effort from the plate that included one run scored.  Kevin Rennick, Cody McInnis, and Ethan Guerette each recorded RBI’s on the win.

Husson’s Head Coach Jason Harvey credited his team’s productivity for the championship win.  “We came up big on big situations.  This was not our best offensive game but we executed when we needed to.  We did a great job on the mound.  I’m really proud my guys for coming through in big games this tournament and that should help us as we head to the divisional championship game this weekend.” 

NEAC East Division Championship All-Tournament Team

MVP - Dan Beatham, Husson (Sr., P., Dexter, ME)
Kyle Vanidestine, Husson (Jr., OF, Bangor, ME)
Shawn Smith, Husson (So., OF, Winterport, ME)
Dakota Aker, Castleton (Jr., P, Scotia, NY)
Tyler Erickson, Castleton (Jr., P., Naugatuck, CT)
Brandon Fay, Castleton (Jr., P., South Burlington, VT)
Ben Goodall, Thomas (Jr., IF, Norway, ME)
Josh Nickerson, Thomas (Sr., IF, Stockton Springs, ME)
Jack MacVane, Farmington (Jr., C., Mechanic Falls, ME)
Josh Garneau, Farmington (Sr., 1B, South Portland, ME)

 

NEAC East Baseball Championship  
 
 
Friday, April 29 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 1: (4) Farmington
 3
vs. (1) Husson
 9
Recap
GAME 2: (3) Thomas
 1
vs. (2) Castleton
 4
Recap
 
       
 
Saturday, April 30 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 3: Thomas 11, Farmington 6
  Recap
GAME 4: Husson 10, Castleton 4
  Recap
GAME 5: Castleton 4, Thomas 3
  Recap
 
       
 
Sunday, May 1 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 6: Husson 3, Castleton 1
  Boxscore

 


April 29, 2011

Husson, Castleton Earn Day One Victories in NEAC East Baseball Championship

Top seeds Husson and Castleton earned first round victories on day one of the NEAC East Division Baseball Championship.

Husson held form in game one and picked up a 9-3 victory over Farmington. The Eagles got a quality start from their ace, lefthander Ryan Arsenault (Portland, ME) who went 7 strong, allowing just 2 earned on 7 hits and no walks while striking out a pair.

Castleton's Tyler Erickson through a complete game four hitter allowing just one run and strking out 10 as the Spartans defeated Thomas 4-1.


April 25, 2011

Husson Earns Top Seed in NEAC East Baseball Tournament

With a 12-4 conference mark, Husson enters the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division baseball tournament as the top seed and will host the three day, double-elimination tournament beginning Friday, April 29. Husson (12-4 NEAC East, 24-15 overall) will take on fourth seed Maine-Farmington (4-12 NEAC East, 5-22 overall) in game 1. Second seed Castleton (12-4 NEAC East, 18-17 overall) and third seed Thomas (9-7 NEAC East, 12-22 overall) will meet in game 2.

The Eagles split the four game regular season series with second seed Castleton and earned the right to host the championship due to pre-determined tie-breaking procedures. The top four teams qualify for the NEAC East Division Championship with predetermined tie-breaking procedures used to seed the tournament field. Game times are subject to change.

Beginning with the 2010 season, North Atlantic Conference (NAC) members Castleton, Husson, Lyndon St., Maine-Farmington and Thomas began play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) as associate members in the East Division. Each division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will meet for a three game series to determine the conference champion. The conference winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NEAC East Baseball Championship  
 
 
Friday, April 29 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 1: (4) Farmington
 
vs. (1) Husson
 
2:00 PM
GAME 2: (3) Thomas
 
vs. (2) Castleton
 
6:00 PM
 
       
 
Saturday, April 30 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2   10:00 AM
GAME 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2   2:00 PM
GAME 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4   6:00 PM
 
       
 
Sunday, May 1 hosted by Husson  
 
GAME 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5   12:00 PM
GAME 7 (If necessary):  Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6   4:00 PM