April 4, 2014

Huskies Sweep Corsairs In Little East Opener

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The fifth-ranked University of Southern Maine baseball team swept the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon in a Little East Conference doubleheader, defeating the Corsairs 7-4 and 15-5.

The Huskies (14-5) remain unbeaten in the conference circuit with a 4-0 mark, while the Corsairs dropped their first Little East set of the season.

Southern Maine 7, UMass Dartmouth 4

The top of the Southern Maine order accounted for eight of its nine hits in Game 1, led by freshman Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) with two hits and two runs scored.  Sophomore Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI, while senior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. 

Junior Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Dufee) reached safely in three of his four appearances with two singles and a walk to pace the UMass Dartmouth offensive attack. Classmate Ben Monteiro (Swansea, Mass./Case) and junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) each had two hits for the hosts.

The Huskies cracked the scoring column in the top of the first, when McDonough led off with a double and senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) followed with a single.  Dexter hit the ball to the right side of the infield to drive in McDonough.   

The Corsairs utilized a similar approach in the bottom of the second to even the contest at 1-all.  Junior Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) laced a double down the left field line and scored on a one-out RBI single by Medeiros.    

Southern Maine regained its advantage in its next plate appearance, scoring three runs on three hits.  McDonough and Dexter sandwiched a pair of singles between a Huskies out, while Chadwick recorded a RBI single to left field.  Chadwick swiped second base and moved to third on an errant throw.  The hosts' defensive miscue would prove costly for the hosts as Chadwick later scored on a ground out to third to give the visitors a three-run lead.  The Huskies tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth to build a 6-1 advantage.

UMass Dartmouth would not go quietly as the Corsairs pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth.  Sophomore Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) opened the frame with a single to left field and advanced to second on an outfield error.  Medeiros dropped a bunt to the left of the pitcher, while sophomore Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.) ripped a double to left field to plate Russell.  Junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) made a productive out to the right side of the diamond to drive in Medeiros.  Classmate Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to left field to trim the hosts' deficit to 6-4.

Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the first two UMass Dartmouth batters reached safely. Junior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) quelled the Corsairs' threat by retiring the final three hitters to record his second save of the season.

Sophomore Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) earned the victory for the visitors to improve to 4-1 on the campaign.  Scates allowed four runs on nine hits, while striking out four in seven-plus innings of work.

Junior Nick Fuller (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) limited the Huskies to six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits, while punching out five over the course of eight innings. 

Southern Maine 15, UMass Dartmouth 5

Six Southern Maine players registered multiple hits as the Huskies produced a total of 21 base knocks to earn their second-straight conference doubleheader sweep.  McDonough was 4-for-5 from the dish with three runs scored and two RBI, while Dexter went 4-for-6 with three runs driven in.  Junior Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H) penned three hits into his ledger in five plate appearances.

The Huskies scored four runs in the fourth innning to open a 6-0 advantage.  McDonough hit a two-run single to centerfield, while Carey and Dexter followed suit with run producing hits.

The Corsairs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning as the hosts loaded the bases with no outs.  Farias lifted a fly ball to centerfield that drew a throw to the plate and resulted in a UMass Dartmouth base runner being caught between second and third.  Southern Maine had the runner in its sights, but a muffed throw allowed a run to score and the base runner to advance to third.  Monteiro would not let the Huskies off the hook as he ripped a RBI single into left field.  The visitors avoided any further damage with a ground ball, double play to end the inning.

UMass Dartmouth pushed two runs across the plate in the sixth to cut its deficit to 7-4, but Southern Maine registered three runs in the seventh and five in the ninth to seal the victory.

Sophomore Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) threw 5.2 innings to raise his record to 4-1.  Leavitt gave up three earned runs, seven hits, and two walks, but struck out five. 

Senior Karney Boff (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) suffered the setback, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits over the course of six innings.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, when the Corsairs host Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader.  Southern Maine will also be in action on Sunday, when the Huskies travel to Wheaton College (Mass.).