Husson Heads to ECAC Tournament

New London, CT – Husson baseball comes off of their North Atlantic Conference Championship to enter the ECAC Tournament and will play U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday, May 9th at 3:30 PM.

The Eagles had an impressive showing in the NAC Championship, going undefeated in the tournament and taking down the #1 seed Castleton.

Castleton is the only mutual team both the Eagles and Bears have played during their 2013 Regular Season. Husson faced the Spartans for a 4 game series prior to the championship and went 1-4. The Bears split a doubleheader with Castleton, the final score of both games was 1-0.

The Eagles roster contains numerous players who can muster offensive production. Senior tri-captain and 4 year starter in centerfield Shawn Smith (Winterport, ME) has proven throughout his collegiate career he is more than capable of yielding offensive production.

Smith earned NAC Player of the Year honors and multiple weekly honors. While J.T. Whitten's (Waterville, ME) stand out first season garnered him a share of the league's Rookie of the Year honors.

Pat Thibodeau (Caribou, ME) a new addition to the Eagles this year as well as a first year captain, was honored by the NCBWA and continued to rank in the top of the conference in hits, runs, triples, and total bases.

The bullpen for the Eagles has been strong with the addition of Brandon Reilly (Pemaquid, ME), the NAC Tournament MVP, who went 5-3 on the season, with an ERA of 1.66.

The Bears have seen tremendous offensive production from; Nolan Gallager, who is batting .331 on the season, with 42 hits and 27 RBI's and Ed Sella who in 125 at bats has 42 hits, 24 RBI's and 12 doubles, for a .336 batting average.

Defensively the Bears have relied on Matt Hanks who has a .971 fielding percentage, with 248 put outs, and 24 turned double plays.

The Bears bullpen has been anchored by NEWMAC All-Conference Derek Petty who has pitched 66 innings total for the Bears going 5-3 on the season, leading the team in strikeouts with 49, 2 saves, and 1 complete game for an ERA of 1.77.

The Bears finished their season 1-4, going 22-16 overall, while the Eagles ended their season 6-0, 26-17 overall. The Eagles won their 2nd conference championship in 3 years, while the Bears fell in both NEWMAC tournament games they appeared in.

VIA Husson Athletics

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