CASTLETON, Vt. - Tom Crews (Bangor, Maine) slammed three home runs and drove in nine runs, earning most valuable player honors and propelling Husson University to a 10-3 win over Penn State Berks in game two of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Tournament hosted by Castleton State College.
Trailing 1-0 after a second-inning home run from Connor Corson (Mohnton, Pa.), Crews connected for a three-run homer to left in the fourth, driving in Shawn Smith (Winterport, Maine) and Chris Maguire (Orlando, Maine) who reached on a single and walk respectively.
In the bottom of the inning Berks cut the deficit to 4-3 as Rich Schlamowicz (Shillington, Pa.) worked a one-out walk and Michael Ference (Fleetwood, Pa.) followed with a double to center. Geraldo Garcia (Reading, Pa.) plated both runners with a two-out single to right field, before Husson pitcher Nate Adams (Frankfurt, Maine) ended the threat with a strikeout.
Adams fanned four in the complete-game win, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. Crews took care of the rest. In his next at bat the center-fielder struck a two-out bomb to left field, plating to more runs to make it 6-3. The score stayed there for the next four innings, until Crews came up with the sacks full and deposited his third long ball of the day over the left field fence to put the game on ice.
The Eagles collected a dozen hits on the day, led by a 3-for-3 effort from Crews and a 3-for-5 performance from Kyle Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine).
Ference had two hits to pace the Nittany Lion offense.
Husson improves to 29-15 and will represent the NEAC in the upcoming NCAA Division III National Tournament. Penn State Berks finishes its season at 18-21.
May 7, 2011
Husson Takes Game One Behind Gritty Performance From Arsenault
CASTLETON, Vt. - Senior pitcher Ryan Arsenault (Portland, Maine) pitched a complete-game six hitter to lead Husson University to a 2-1 win over Penn State Berks in game one of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Championship Saturday hosted by Castleton State College.
Arsenault struck out 11 and walked just two while allowing an unearned run, outdueling freshman Zach Guilles (Wernersville, pa.). Guilles took the loss, pitching six-and-two-thirds innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and seven walks while striking out seven.
Husson scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth as Tom Crews (Bangor, Maine) worked a leadoff walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third by Kevin Rennick (Lincoln, R.I.) and came around to score on another pitch in the dirt by Guilles.
Arsenault was dealing early on, facing just two batters over the minimum through the first six innings before the Nittany Lions pushed across their only run of the game in the seventh. With one out in the inning, Nick Vitelli (Horsham, Pa.) reached on an error, advancing to second on a poor throw. Connor Corson (Mohnton, Pa.) followed with an RBI-single down the leftfield line to score Vitelli and tie the game at one-apiece. Back-to-back singles from Rich Schlamowitz (Shillington, Pa.) and Michael Ference (Fleetwood, Pa.) put Arsenault in his first bind of the game, but the senior left-hander set down the next two batters on his own to limit the damage.
Husson answered with what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh as Dylan Foster (Oakland, Maine) reached on an error and eventually came around to score on a bases-loaded walk by Shawn Smith (Winterport, Maine).
Arsenault took over from that point on, striking out three of the final seven batters he faced to seal the win.
Schlamowitz and Ference went 2-for-4 to lead the Nittany Lion offense, while Foster and Crews each had a hit and a run scored to lead the Eagles.
With the win Husson improves to 28-15, and takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Penn State Berks falls to 18-20 and looks to even the series in game two this afternoon.