BANGOR, Maine - Husson head coach Jason Harvey became the winningest coach in Husson history (284) with an 8-2 victory in Game 2 of the three-game series for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship with the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) champions, Baruch.
Six batters were up and down to start the game. Husson's Alex Chapman walked in the top half of the second inning, but was left stranded. Baruch's Kemal Deljanin walked in the bottom half of the inning, and was caught trying to steal second base off the gun of catcher Michael Schneider. Liam O'Gara drew a walk and was left on base, ending the inning with no score.
Noah Brown walked to start the third inning, but the Eagles were not able to capitalize when three quick outs followed. Similarly, Gerardo Roque reached first on a single to start the Baruch half-inning, and advanced to second base on a fielder's choice ball off the bat of JP Ramirez. A strikeout followed, and then Rocque was out at third on another fielder's choice. A pop-up ended the inning, stranding two runners.
Husson found offensive rhythm in the fourth stanza. David LeBlanc singled through the left side and advanced to second during Ethan Stoddard's at-bat on a throwing error from the catcher to the pitcher. Stoddard was intentionally walked, putting runners on first and second. Chapman bunted down the third base line and reached first when the throw pulled Conor McCabe off the bag. With the bases loaded, Luke Covey was hit by a pitch, scoring LeBlanc and reloading the bases with no outs. Schneider gave the Bearcats their first out of the inning, bringing up Nolan Brown who hit the ball hard and directly at the pitcher, advancing the runners station to station. Nick Guerrette hit one through to center fieldb, scoring Chapman. Covey was tagged at the plate for the second out. Conor Maguire singled through the right side, scoring Brown. After a pitching change for the Bearcats, bringing in Mathew Lawler, Guerrette scored on a wild pitch to Kobe Rogerson. The five-run inning ended on a fly-out off the bat of Rogerson.
Looking to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth, Baruch's McCabe knocked one through the left side. He was out at second when K. Deljanin reached first on a fielder's choice ball. O'Gara hit into a double play made on a stretching catch by Chapman at first, ending the inning.
Rogerson opened the top of the seventh with a single for his 50th career hit. LeBlanc hit a rocket to deep left, scoring Rogerson and reaching third. Stoddard walked, putting runners on the corners. Chapman hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring LeBlanc. Covey reached on a fielder's choice to short, and Stoddard reached third on a throwing error. Then, Stoddard scored and Covey was out at second attempting a double-steal distraction, as the Eagles left the inning with an 8-0 lead.
Jacob Gauvin entered the game to pitch for Husson in the bottom of the seventh after Brandon Brunell went six complete innings without giving up a single run while picking up two punchouts. Deljanin popped up to second, O'Gara walked, and Emmanuel Tevaras flied out for two quick outs. Roque singled to second, advancing O'Gara to second base. Ramirez hit one down the third base line to load the bases with a late rally emerging. Valeriano got a hit through to center right field, scoring two and leaving two runners in scoring position. Patterson grounded to the pitcher and was out at first to end the game with an 8-2 triumph for Husson to continue the series to the decisive Game 3.
The Eagles (27-15) and Bearcats (16-18) will play the third and final game of the series for the NAC Championship and a ticket to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 2.