April 7, 2012

Southern Maine Claims Doubleheader from Baseball

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team dropped a Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Huskies won the opener, 14-6, and took the nightcap. 9-5.

The Corsairs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on solo home run by senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine). The Huskies tied it in the top of the second on an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Matt Powers (Portland, ME/Deering HS), and took the lead when freshman right fielder Jake Glauser (Goffstown, NH/Goffstown HS) grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the top of the third.

UMD took the lead in the bottom of the third when Granahan singled home a run and scored on a wild pitch. The Huskies went on top in the fourth on an error and an RBI single by sophomore center fielder Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, ME/Gardiner HS), then added a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by junior second baseman John Carey (South Portland, ME/South Portland HS). Glauser doubled home a run in the 6th to give USM a 6-3 lead.

Senior left fielder David Ricker (Winthrop, ME/Winthrop HS) doubled home a run for the Huskies, who scored five times in the eighth on an RBI single by Carey and Ricker's grand slam homer. UMD got two in the eighth on a wild pitch and a run-scoring single by freshman right fielder Luke Bomback (Swansea, MA/Case HS).     

Senior Ben Ives (Portland, ME/Deering HS) went the first eight innings for USM and earned the win, improving to 6-0. Sophomore Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started for UMD and took the loss, falling to 4-1.

Bomback doubled home a run and junior designated hitter Mike St. Martin (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) hit a two-run homer in the second inning to stake the Corsairs to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap. Junior designated hitter Tucker White (Deering, NH/Coe-Brown Northwood HS) tied it with a homer in the third and a two-run single in the fourth. Carey doubled home a run in the Huskies' two-run fifth, but Newton tied it an inning later with a two-run single.

USM took the lead for good with four in the seventh. Carey and Chadwick each singled home a run, while Powers and junior first baseman Nick Grady (Whitefield, ME/Erskine HS) each hit sacrifice flies.

Sophomore Logan Carman (Newfield, NH/Laurel Springs HS) started and earned the win for USM, improving to 2-3. Freshman Nick Carafa (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS/SNHU), who relieved starter Tyler White (Jr. Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) in the sixth, took the loss and fell to 1-3.

 "Southern Maine is one of the class programs in our conference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "They are a tough team to give extra outs, we made errors in the field that didn't help us, and we struggled with some 0-2 pitches, which led to some runs. They capitalized on their opportunities. I thought our pitching did well, but it could've been better. Our offense was good, but we gave away a few innings in the middle of the game. I liked how we swung the bats, for the most part, off two quality pitchers. (Senior) Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) came in and threw well for us at the end of the game. We are a young team and I'm excited about where we are going. We are going to keep improving and keep working on the things we aren't doing well in the field right now, and keep moving onward and upward."

UMass Dartmouth fell to 11-10 and 1-3 in the Little East Conference, while Southern Maine improved to 11-10 and 3-1 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Brandeis Monday. Southern Maine will host UMass Boston Tuesday.

                                                            

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