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CHICOPEE, Mass. – Freshman Ryan Arsenault pitched an 11-inning six-hitter Saturday to lift the Husson College Eagles to a 2-1 victory over the Thomas College Terriers in the North Atlantic Conference baseball playoffs.
Sunday’s championship round against Castleton State (Vt.) was postponed by rain. The site and date have not been determined.
Castleton State must beat Husson twice to claim the title. The if-necessary game would be played about 30 minutes after the first game.
Castleton advanced to the final through the losers bracket, where it eliminated Thomas 10-9 in Saturday’s late game.
In Saturday’s game, Arsenault struck out seven and walked three.
Husson’s Jeff Miller raced home with the winning run in the 11th on an infield error after he singled and stole second.
Ethan Guerette paced the Eagles of Bangor with three singles, including one in the fifth that drove in Corey Cushing, who had doubled.
Jared Fieldsend singled and doubled for Thomas of Waterville, and Mike Chamard singled twice. The Terriers scored in the first inning when Ryan Cotnoir walked and later scored on a double-play grounder.
In the late game, Thomas scored two two-out runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Fieldsend RBI double and Chamard’s run-scoring single, but Tom Desjardins flied to left to end the threat.
Cotnoir singled and doubled for Thomas.
Thomas 100 000 000 00 – 1 6 2
Husson (16-21) 000 010 000 01 – 2 10 2
Austin, Estes (9) and Schauwecker; Arsenault and McGinley
Castleton (20-18) 040 030 201 – 10 11 2
Thomas (12-19) 000 013 302 – 9 9 2
Tuthill, Gilcris (6), Turner (7) and Brooks; MacMilland, Rines (5), Estes (7) and Schauwecker