Beavers grab NEAC East win at Husson

Beavers grab NEAC East win at Husson

BANGOR, MAINE -- The University of Maine at Farmington and Husson University split a North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division baseball doubleheader at Winkin Complex today as the Beavers took the opener 4-2, but came up short with a 9-8 loss in the second game.

The Beavers (3-9 overall, 2-2 NEAC East) are scheduled to visit Castleton State College Friday and Saturday for a pair of NEAC East doubleheaders. The Eagles stand at 8-11 (5-3).

In the opener, Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine) threw a four-hitter and a two-run double by Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine) put the Beavers ahead for good as UMF took a 4-2 win over Husson.

Winchenbach walked two and struck out four in the complete game to earn his second win of the season.  After Jean's two-bagger gave the Beavers a 3-2 lead in the third, Winchenbach only allowed one hit over the next five innings in securing the win.

Winchenbach also excelled offensively with a pair of singles as did Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine), while Matthew Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine) also doubled. Jack MacVane (Mechanic Falls, Maine) plated Winchenbach with a sacrifice fly in the sixth for an insurance run and a 4-2 lead.

Jake Arthers turned in a single and a double for the Eagles, who scored both of their runs in the first two innings.

Evan Eldridge took the loss with seven hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts over five innings.

In game two, the Beavers collected 16 hits, but they could not catch the Eagles as Husson posted five runs in the fourth and held on for the 9-8 win.

Woodbury led UMF at the plate with two singles, a double and a pair of RBI, while Jean, Winchenbach and Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine) each hit two singles and MacVane, Brandon Gallagher (North Yarmouth, Maine) and Ian McAlister (South Berwick, Maine) each clubbed a double.

McAlister was hit with the loss after giving up eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Shane Waters (Mechanic Falls, Maine) came in to get two outs.

Josh Tardiff's three-run home run headlined the fourth-run fourth, which gave the Eagles a 7-3 advantage. Tardiff finished with a pair of hits. Casey Estes singled twice and drove in two runs in the win, while Niko Ververis had an RBI triple and Kevin Rennick had two hits.

Austin Clark earned the win for the Eagles, despite allowing 11 hits.

 Dale Winchenbach  Ethan Jean  Matthew Woodbury  Brett Wallingford  Jack MacVane