MANSFIELD, Conn. -- University of Southern Maine junior Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) drove in the game-winning run with a two-out, RBI single to left field in the top of the ninth inning as the nationally-ranked Huskies edged the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-2, in Game 9 of the 2014 Little East Conference Baseball Championship tournament this evening at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
After retiring the first two hitters in the top of the ninth, senior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine) singled to left field and moved into scoring position on a walk. Glauser hit the 1-1 pitch just over the outstretched glove of the third basemen and into left field to deliver the decisive run.
Second-seeded Southern Maine (31-11) will advance to the 2014 Little East Championship Game to face top-seed and host Eastern Connecticut State University (31-7) at 11 a.m. on May 10. The Corsairs complete the program's most successful season in terms of victories since 2004 with an overall mark of 21-22.
UMass Dartmouth snapped a scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning, when junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass.) recorded his team-leading 21st double of the season. Agostini ripped a single to right-centerfield to score Medeiros, while DeMedeiros followed suit with a single to chase Huskies' freshman starter Zack Bean (Westbrook, Maine). With two outs, Monteiro singled to right field to provide UMD with the early 2-0 advantage.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Corsairs sandwiched a pair of singles between a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk to load the bases with one out. The Huskies were able to work out of the jam as junior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) recorded an infield pop fly and a ground out to second base to extinguish the threat.
The top of the UMass Dartmouth batting order continued to set the tone for the "hosts" as the Corsairs registered 10 hits. Junior George Agostini (Dighton, Mass.) led the offensive attack with a 3-for-5 showing to extend his personal hitting streak to 15 games. Classmate Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass.) registered his fourth consecutive multi-hit game of the tournament, while junior Ben Monteiro (Swansea, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Sophomore George Bent (Barnstable, Mass.) limited the conference's top offense to just seven hits over the course of 8.2 innings. The sophomore right-hander allowed three runs, including a pair of solo home runs to Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine), and a walk, while striking out three. Senior Karney Boff (North Dighton, Mass.) needed just two pitches to retire the only batter he faced.
Richards (4-1) earned his fourth victory of the season, tossing 6.2 innings of relief. The vetern right-hander gave up five hits and three walks, but struck out six.