BANGOR, Maine - The #1 seeded Husson University Eagles (24-14) defeated the #4 seeded University of Maine at Farmington Beavers (12-22) by the final score of 10-1 in Game 1 of the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Baseball Tournament on The Harold Alfond Diamond at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex on Friday Morning. Second-seeded Northern Vermont-Lyndon (22-19) defeated #4 Thomas (12-23) by a final score of 10-4 in Game 2.
UMaine-Farmington will face Thomas at 12:00 PM tomorrow in an elimination game (Game 3) at the Harold Alfond Diamond. Husson will play Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Game 4 tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
The winner of the Lyndon-Husson game will advance to Sunday's championship games against the team that emerges from the loser's bracket of the double elimination tournament. The loser will play the winner of the Thomas vs UMaine-Farmington game in another elimination game at 6:00 PM Saturday.
Game 1: #1 Husson 10 / #4 UMF 1 BOX SCORE
The game remained a scoreless tie until a fielding error in the bottom of third, allowing Conor Maguire to score the game's first run. The Beaver miscue prolonged the Eagles' half of the inning which allowed Alex Chapman to come to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Chapman then proceeded to hit a double to left, scoring Luke Covey and Ethan Stoddard. Chapman stole third, and came in to score on a passed ball to make it 4-0, Husson.
The Beavers cut into the Eagles' lead in the fifth, plating one run off two hits. Ryan Pratt started things off by working a walk, advanced to third on a Ryan Simard double, and later scored on a Zach Hartsgrove single up the middle.
Husson pushed their advantage to 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Kobe Rogerson singled home a pair and scored on a David LeBlanc single to left. The Eagles scored runs in the seventh and eighth off RBI singles by Michael Schneider and Stoddard to cap off the scoring.
ON THE MOUND:
Husson starter Brandon Brunell (4-0) went 5.1 innings to earn the win, allowing six hits, one earned run, with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Ben Bernier, Jacob Gauvin, and Nolan Dousa combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and punching out four.
Gavin Arsenault (2-5) took the loss after tossing 4.0 innings, yielding four unearned runs, five hits while striking out six batters. Patrick Fallon, Cater and Lockhart combined to pitch the final five innings in relief of Arsenault. They allowed six runs and eight hits, while striking out one Eagle batter.
OFF THE BAT - HUSSON:
- Maguire was 3-4 with a double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.
- Chapman went 1-4 with a double, two runs scored, two RBI, and two stolen bases.
- Rogerson finished the game with a 3-4 day, while adding a run scored and two RBI.
- LeBlanc was 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
- Stoddard went 1-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a pair of intentional walks.
- Schneider produced a 2-5 day with an RBI and a run scored.
OFF THE BAT - UMAINE-FARMINGTON:
- Justin Rodrigue was 2-4 at the plate.
- Jake Bessey went 1-4 on day with a double.
- Carter finished game one with a 1-4 day.
- Derek Bowen was 1-4 at the plate.
- Simard went 1-3 on day.
- Hartsgrove had a 1-3 day with an RBI.
~Courtesy of Husson Sports Information
Game 2: #2 NVU-Lyndon 10 / #3 Thomas 4 BOX SCORE
Bangor, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team pounded out 14 hits and received a dominant pitching performance from Jake Jourdain in defeating Thomas College, 10-4, in the opening round of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon.
After Jourdain retired the Terriers in order in the top of the first inning, the Hornets got on the board in the bottom half. Ben Rollins led off with a single down the left field line off of Thomas starter Dylan Copeland. Codi Smith followed with a base hit through the right side of the infield. After Rollins moved to third on Zak Johnson's fly out and Smith stole second, Jason Doris walked to load the bases. Caleb Laroche lofted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rollins and giving the Hornets the lead.
After the Terriers stranded two runners in the top of the second, Lyndon tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Noah Barton got things started with a one out single. TJ Santaw drew a walk, then Rollins delivered an RBI single throught the left side, scoring Barton. After Smith walked to load the bases, Johnson drove an 0-2 pitch to left center for a two-run double, scoring Santaw and Rollins and chasing Copeland. Jacob Lacroix came on in relief for the Terriers and retired the next two hitters to get out of the inning.
Thomas got on the board in the top of the third inning. After Jourdain struck out Bradly Smith, Alex Miller bounced a single back up the middle for the Terriers' first hit. Tyler Gee followed with a single donw the left field line, then Ryan Kappelmann's base hit to right drove in Miller. Jourdain got Nick Bagley to hit into a double play to end the inning, leaving the Hornets with a 4-1 advantage. Lacroix kept the Hornets off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning, allowing only a two-out base hit to Barton.
In the top of the fourth inning, Jourdain produced a statistical rarity, striking out four Thomas hitters. After getting Darren Kelly swinging and John Villanueva looking, Connor Rittenhouse swung at strike three out of the zone, but reached first on a wild pitch. Jourdain then got Dominic Esposito swinging to end the inning.
The Hornets extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Rollins led off with a base hit up the middle, then back to back walks to Smith and Johnson loaded the bases. After Doris popped out, Laroche delivered a single down the left field line, scoring Rollins and Smith to make it 6-1, Lyndon.
Jourdain continued to dominate the Thomas hitters through the middle innings, allowing only a seventh inning walk to Esposito. Meanwhile, Ryan Jurgiewich relieved Lacroix in the bottom of the fifth and kept the Hornets off the scoreboard for two innings.
Alic Shorey came on in relief for Thomas in the bottom of the seventh. After Shorey got Tucker Root to ground out leading off, he yielded a base hit to Barton and back to back walks to Santaw and Rollins to load the bases. Bagley then came on to pitch. After Smith popped out, Johnson laced a bases clearing double to extend the Lyndon lead to 9-1 through seven.
With the Hornets holding a comfortable lead, Matt Page came on in the eighth in relief of Jourdain. Page kept the Terriers at bay, allowing only Shane MacNeill's infield hit in the inning.
The Hornets added on another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Chandler Moran came on to pitch for the Terriers and Laroche promptly greeted him with a base hit to left. With two outs, Barton reached on an infield hit, leaving runners at the corners. Laroche then came home on a wild pitch, extending the Lyndon lead to 10-1.
Thomas made things interesting in the top of the ninth. Pinch hitter Nicholas Cousins started things with a leadoff base hit. After Page retired the next two hitters, pinch hitter Antonio Cabrera walked then pinch hitter Adam Berger singled to load the bases. Miller then drove a bases clearing double to deep left field to cut the Hornet lead to 10-4. After MacNeill walked, Page got Kappelman to fly out to Laroche in left to end the ball game.
Jourdain picked up the win, allowing only one run and three hits over his seven innings of work. He struck out 11 Terriers while allowing only three walks. Copeland took the loss for Thomas,
~Courtesy of Northern Vermont-Lyndon Sports Information