Southern Maine Downs UMaine Farmington 12-1
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Junior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) hurled a complete game and the University of Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 16 hits en route to a 12-1 victory over the University of Maine Farmington Beavers in a seven-inning game Thursday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park.
The win snapped a four-game slide for the Huskies and lifts them back to .500 at 7-7. The Beavers dropped their second straight decision to slip to 1-5.
Yates went the distance for the first time in his collegiate career allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out one. The game was stopped after seven innings on the 10-run rule.
Junior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) paced the Huskies' offense going 4 for 5, including a triple, and two RBI. Sophomore Matt Powers (Portland, Maine/Deering) chipped in with three hits and a pair of RBI. Rookie Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) and sophomore John Carey (South Portland, Maine) each had a triple and a single to go along with two RBI.
Every hitter in the UMF lineup had one base hit. Freshman right-hander Shane Waters (Mechanic Falls, Maine), making his first start, pitched into the fifth inning and was saddled with the loss.
The Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead against Waters in the second when sophomore Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.) singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home on Powers' bunt single.
Southern Maine blew the game open in the fifth inning combining eight hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly into nine runs. Glauser and Carey each had a two-run triple, and White had a leadoff triple and a two-run single in the inning.
UMF averted a shutout getting its lone run in the seventh inning when junior Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine) beat out a fielder's choice to drive in sophomore Ed Flaherty (Baileyville, Maine/Woodland).
Southern Maine returns to New England and will open its Little East Conference schedule on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) with a doubleheader at Rhode Island College. UMaine Farmington concludes its Florida trip with a doubleheader on Friday (12:00 p.m.) against Lindenwood-Belleville University.