WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Thomas College baseball team was swept by rival Husson University, 11-1 and 6-3, in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at H. Allen Ryan Field on Thursday.
The Terriers slipped to 19-18 overall and closed out their NAC slate with a 13-11 mark. The Eagles improved to 17-18 and takes a 12-8 league mark into a weekend series with New England College. Both schools have qualified for the upcoming NAC Tournament, which will be held May 6-8 at Castleton, Vt.
Game 1: Husson 11, Thomas 1
Thomas struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Anree Benitez (sr., Orlando, Fla. / University) singled up the middle to open the frame, then came around to score on a Nik Beeson (sr., Manchester, N.H. / Trinity) double to right center.
Husson tied the game with a run in the top of the second as Zach Sugar scored on a Christian Corneil RBI single to left field. The Eagles added a run in the third on a Ryan Rebar RBI double and two each in the fourth and fifth innings to extend the lead to 6-1.
The Terriers threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Joe Quinlan (sr., Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) drew a one-out walk, Benitez and Beeson rapped back-to-back singles to load the bases. The opportunity slipped away, however, as Derek Kane (sr., Natick, Mass. / Natick) grounded into a double play to ending the inning.
In the seventh inning, Husson erupted for five runs on five hits off three Thomas pitchers. Corneil had an RBI double, Andrew Curran and Mike Wong had run-scoring singles and JT Whitten had a sacrifice fly.
Brett Sommers (sr., Palm Bay, Fla. / Heritage) and pinch-hitter Jordan Gibson (jr., Marietta, Ga. / Pope) hit two-out singles in the seventh, but the Eagles closed out the game when Sommers was forced out at third base when Tristan Pena (so., Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland) reached on a fielder's choice.
Brandon Reilly (4-3) picked up the win, scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out one in a complete-game effort.
The Eagles finished with 16 hits, including six doubles. Corneil finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Huston and Whitten both had three hits, including two doubles. Curran and Wong each had two RBIs.
Benitez and Beeson each went 2-for-3 to lead Thomas offensively.
Isiah Fleming (sr., Fairfield, Maine / Lawrence) took the loss for the Terriers, allowing eight runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out three in 6 1/3 innings. Taylor Bacon (jr., Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan) pitched to four batters in the seventh, allowing three runs on three hits without recording an out. Brandon Hubbard (so., New Gloucester, Maine / Gray-New Gloucester) finished out the seventh, recording two outs while allowing a walk.
Game 2: Husson 6, Thomas 3
Husson jumped on Thomas starter Matt Rutherford (so., Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy) right away in game two, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. The Eagles, who had five hits in the frame, got RBI singles from JT Whitten and Zach Sugar, while Christian Corneil pushed another run across with a sacrifice fly.
After retiring the Terriers in order in the bottom of the first, Husson extended the lead when Andrew Curran scored on a Ryan Rebar RBI single up the middle.
Thomas scored all of its runs in the third inning. Anree Benitez drove in Tristan Pena and Isaiah Arana (fr., Orlando, Fla. / Timber Creek) with a two-run triple down the right-field line, then scored on a Derek Kane sacrifice fly.
The Eagles added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning as Rebar hit an RBI double down the left-field line to score Whitten and later scored when Corneil reached on an error later in the inning.
Curran had three hits to lead Husson. Rebar added two hits, two RBIs and a run scored, while Sugar had two hits and an RBI.
Dan Whitney scattered four hits and a walk while striking out seven in a complete-game effort.
Rutherford also threw a complete game, allowing six runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out three.
Zach Mathieu (fr., Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) led Thomas with a pair of hits.