CASTLETON, Vt. – Husson University's seven-run uprising in the eighth inning allowed a tight game to get away from the University of Maine at Farmington, eventually ending in a 10-1 Husson victory on Friday in the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament at Castleton State College's Spartan Field.
UMaine-Farmington (13-21) moves into an elimination game on Saturday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. against Lyndon State. Lyndon fell to Castleton State, 7-1, in earlier in the day on Friday. Husson (25-13) advances to face Castleton in a 12:00 p.m. contest.
The Beavers got on the board with a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, thanks to sophomore Tom Grady's solo home run.
Husson rallied for a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. J.T. Whitten singled home Dylan Foster, and Dennis Meehan plated Whitten and Brandon Gendreau with a single.
UMaine-Farmington got runners to third in both the fifth and sixth innings, but was unable to cut into the Husson lead.
The Eagles blew the game wide open in the eighth, when the first five batters reached on a single or an error. Five hits and three Beaver errors later, Husson had seven more runs on the board to take a 10-1 lead and put the game out of reach. Meehan and Whitten had RBI singles in the frame and Jordan Carter plated two runs on a single into right center to account for three of the seven Husson runs.
Jimmy Neal and Ethan Gouin each had a double to go with Grady's round-tripper to pace the Beavers at the plate. Whitten went 3-for-5 for the Eagles with two runs and two RBI, while Meehan drove in three runs on his two hits.
Beaver starter Joe Sullivan charted four strikeouts and allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and two walks in the loss. Husson's Tim Nason, the 2014 NAC Pitcher of the Year, scattered six hits in the winning effort.