BANGOR, Maine – Husson University came away on top in a pair of pitching duels, downing the University of Maine at Farmington, 1-0 and 2-1, in a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Friday at the Winkin Complex.
UMaine-Farmington (6-18, 5-9 NAC) starter Jimmy Neal pitched a complete game three-hitter for the Beavers in game one, allowing one unearned run while fanning six Husson batters and issuing just three walks.
One of those walks led directly to the game's only run in bottom of the third.
Husson's (16-9, 11-4 NAC) Cody McInnis got aboard with a one-out walk, and Dylan Foster singled to third base. A two-base throwing error by the UMF first baseman on the ensuing play allowed McInnis to score all the way from first, giving the Eagles the 1-0 lead.
The Beavers' best chance to get a run on the board came in the sixth, when Neal laced a two-out double into left center. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Husson starter Dennis O'Neil struck out Tom Grady to get out of the jam.
O'Neil allowed four hits and one walk while striking out two Farmington batters on his way to the win.
In game two, Husson broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth when J.T. Whitten reached on a leadoff single to shortstop, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
UMaine-Farmington tied things up in the top of the seventh, with Grady starting the rally with a one-out double to left field. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Dustin McCrossin's RBI single into right.
McCrossin advanced to third on Nick Cartmell's fielder's choice grounder which was misplayed at second base, but Husson pitcher Tim Nason indued a double play grounder to short to get out of the inning.
The Eagles pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh with Foster's walk-off single through the right side, scoring Andrew Curran from second.
Nason scattered five hits with one walk and two strikeouts in the win for Husson. UMaine-Farmington starter Jory Humphrey allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks and was charged with the loss.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday, April 19, when they face Colby-Sawyer College at noon at Bates College's Leahey Field. Husson will face Endicott College in a non-conference twinbill on Saturday starting at noon.