Baseball Clinches First NAC Top Seed in Nine Years with Series Sweep of UMPI, 15-7 & 10-0

Baseball Clinches First NAC Top Seed in Nine Years with Series Sweep of UMPI, 15-7 & 10-0

BANGOR, Maine - Husson University (23-14, 12-4 NAC) swept a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball doubleheader versus University of Maine at Presque Isle (1-32, 0-16 NAC) at the Harold Alfond Diamond at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex on Monday afternoon. The Eagles opened with a 15-7 triumph and completed the season series sweep with a 10-0 nightcap victory to earn the program's first number one seed in nine seasons and the hosting rights for the 2019 NAC Baseball Championship Tournament.

GAME ONE - HUSSON 15, UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE 7

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Conor Maguire led off the opener with a triple to left center and scored one batter later when Kobe Rogerson reached first on an Owl miscue, but the Owls quickly tied the game on an Eagle miscue in the bottom of the first.

With two outs in the top of the second, Rogerson singled home Nick Guerrette and Michael Schneider to left the Eagles to a 3-1 lead before UMPI tied up the game once again in the bottom of the second off an RBI single by Justin Mason and an Eagle miscue.

The Eagles took the lead for good in the third after Luke Covey tripled home Ethan Stoddard, scored on a single from Schneider, who later scored off a Guerrette double to right center to make it a 6-3 game.

The floodgates opened in the top of the fourth when the Eagles scored six runs off four hits to claim a 12-3 advantage. Nolan Brown launched a two-run inside the park jack to left field and Guerrette belted a solo shot to left field, as part of the six-run fourth. Both taters were career firsts for both players.

Husson added two runs in the fifth and one sixth, while UMPI tallied two in the fifth and one in the sixth and the seventh to cap the scoring.

ON THE MOUND:

Alex Brooks (4-1) tossed four innings with two strikeouts while allowing four hits and three runs (one earned). Jack Corey struck out two and allowed three hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks over two innings in relief. AJ Purcell allowed a hit, an unearned run, a walk and struck out one in an inning of relief.

William Stinson (1-5) took the start on the hill for the Owls and suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs (six earned) off 11 hits and three walks with a pair of punch-outs over 3.2 innings. Sora Tajima issued a base-on-balls and allowed one hit and an unearned run in 1/3 inning of relief. Roberto De La Pena allowed three hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk with six strikeouts in three innings.

OFF THE BAT – HUSSON:

  • Guerrette went 3-4 - falling a triple shy of the program's first cycle in 24 years - with two runs scored and two RBI.
  • Schneider was 2-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
  • Brown was 1-4 with a homerun, a run scored and three RBI
  • Alex Chapman finished game one 2-3 with a run scored, two RBI and a stolen base.
  • Covey was 1-2 with three runs scored, a triple and an RBI.
  • Stoddard had a 2-3 day with a walk and three runs scored.
  • David LeBlanc added an RBI triple in the sixth.
  • Rogerson finished with a 1-4 day, while adding three RBI.

OFF THE BAT – UMPI:

  • Stinson was 2-4 with a run scored, a walk and an RBI.
  • Ryan Sanderson, Jordan Hanscom, Colby Spencer and Mason each had a hit and a RBI for the Owls.

GAME TWO - HUSSON 10, UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE 0

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game two started just like how game one began, a Maguire lead off triple, this time to left field and scored on a Rogerson single to right field. Rogerson came around to score when Covey ripped a double to right field as the Eagles jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

In the second, Husson pushed their lead to three on a Rogerson sac fly before adding three to their total in third as Chapman came all the way around from first off an Owl miscue after Brown singled, Guerrette singled home Brown and Austin Baron scored on a Maguire fielder's choice.

Husson tacked on another run in fifth, when Maguire smashed his eighth triple of season - the second most in a single-season in program history - and his second of the game to deep centerfield. LeBlanc stole third and scored on an Owl miscue to give Husson an 8-0 advantage in the sixth.

The Eagles capped the game scoring in the seventh, when HU scored twice on a LeBlanc fielder's choice and a Chapman bases load walk.

ON THE MOUND:

Brandon Brunell (3-0) started the game for Husson and retired all 12 batters he faced with six strikeouts to pick up the victory. Dustin Smith, Jacob Gauvin and Nolan Dousa combined to allow three hits and punch out five.

Jordan Young (0-2) took the loss for the Owls after allowing seven runs off eight hits with two strikeouts and five walks in 4.2 innings. Ian McCray yielded three runs (two earned), three hits and four walks in 2.1 innings with three K's.

OFF THE BAT – HUSSON:

  • Maguire capped the Eagles' final game of the regular season with a 2-4 performance with two runs scored, two triples - tying the record for most triples in a single-game in the NCAA Era of HU baseball - 2 RBI, three stolen bases - tying the record for most stolen bases in a single-game in the NCAA Era of HU baseball - and a walk.
  • Rogerson was 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
  • Baron recorded his first intercollegiate multi-hit game by going 2-3 with three runs scored and a walk and his first intercollegiate stolen base.
  • Guerrette went 2-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.

OFF THE BAT – UMPI:

  • Jacob Moreno, Braydon Kennedy and Austin Coulston each recorded a hit for the Owls.

UP NEXT:

Husson returns to the diamond on Friday when they host the fourth seeded Beavers of the University of Maine at Farmington in game one of the 2019 NAC Baseball Championship Tournament. All start times are still to be determined, and dates and times are subject to change.

2019 NAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Start times and dates are subject to change

Hosted by Husson University

Friday, May 3
Game 1: No. 4 UMaine-Farmington at No. 1 Husson
Game 2: No. 3 Thomas vs. No. 2 NVU-Lyndon
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2

Saturday, May 4
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4

Sunday, May 5
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7: If necessary (30 minutes after completion of 6)