CASTLETON, Vt. – North Atlantic Conference (NAC) rival Husson University knocked the University of Maine at Farmington (17-20) out of the NAC Tournament with an, 8-3, win in the afternoon elimination game at Spartan Field on Friday.
After a scoreless first two innings by both squads, UMF knocked two runs in the top of the third inning with two hits and forced three Husson errors. Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) started things off by reaching on an error and then Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) blooped a single into right field. Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) reached on an error to load the bases and Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) lined a two-run single into left field.
In the top of the fourth, Husson only needed one swing of the bat to change the momentum of the game in its favor. The first two Eagles reached base in the inning and Adam
Wilson (Harrison, Maine) crushed a three-run home run over the left field fence and gave Husson a, 3-2, advantage.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the sixth but the Beavers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. UMF had runners on second and third with no one out when Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) drove home a run with an RBI groundout. Farmington needed one base hit to tie the game but could not come through with the clutch hit, and ended the inning with a strikeout and groundout.
Husson padded its lead in the eighth inning with three more runs on three hits, including a home run and a double.
McCrossin had a strong game at the plate with a 3-for-5 day and drove in a pair of runs.
UMaine-Farmington closes the season with 17 wins which rank second most in school history, trailing only the 1988 squad with 19 wins. The Beavers also surpass their win total of 14 from last season and qualified for the NAC Tournament in consecutive seasons, a first under Coach Chris Bessey and the first time in program history since joining the NAC. Cabaniss also set a new single-season mark in 2015 with 43 hits.