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April 7, 2012

Southern Maine Sweeps UMass Dartmouth 14-6 and 9-5

USM Sweeps UMass Dartmouth, 14-6 and 9-5

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore John Carey (South Portland, Maine) went 7 for 9 with five runs scored, three doubles, a home run and four RBI to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a doubleheader sweep of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Little East Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon.  The Huskies scored in every inning but one to take the opener 14-6, and then scored four runs in the seventh inning to snap a 5-5 tie en route to a 9-5 win the nightcap.

            The Huskies rebounded after losing their last two games to improve to 11-10 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference.  The Corsairs, under the direction of first-year head coach and former USM All-American Bob Prince, have dropped three straight to fall to 10-11 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

            Carey went 4 for 5 with three runs, two doubles and two RBI to pace the Huskies' 21-hit attack in the opening game.  Senior David Ricker (Winthrop, Maine) was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, a grand slam home run and five RBI.  Junior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine) and rookie Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) each had three hits, including ninth-inning back-to-back home runs.

            In the nightcap, Carey was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and two RBI.  Junior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI.

            Senior right-hander Ben Ives (Portland, Maine/Deering) picked up his sixth win of the season in the first game going eight innings.  Ives was touched for seven hits and five runs (four earned) while striking out nine.  He did not walk a batter for the third straight game.  Sophomore southpaw Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H.) earned the win in the second game going seven innings.  Carman allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three.

            For UMD, senior John Granahan (Hanover, Mass.) was the lone repeat hitter going 2 for 4 with home run and three RBI.  Sophomore right-hander Karney Boff (Dighton, Mass.) suffered his first loss of the season on the mound surrendering 16 hits and seven runs in 6.1 innings.

            In game two, rookie Luke Bomback (Somerset, Mass.) was the Corsairs' only batter with two hits.  Junior Mike St. Martin (Worcester, Mass.) had a home run.  Rookie reliever Nick Carafa (Mansfield, Mass.) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs in the seventh inning.

            Boff held the Huskies scoreless in the first inning of the first game, but that would be the only inning the Huskies would not score.  USM overcame a 3-2 deficit through the middle three innings outscoring UMD 4-0 to take a 6-3 lead.  Ricker punctuated the Huskies' five-run eight inning with his grand slam homer.

            Tied 5-5 in the second game, USM tallied four times in the seventh to take the win.  Carey ignited the rally driving in the first run with a double.  Sophomore Matt Powers (Portland, Maine/Deering) brought in the second run with a sacrifice fly.  Sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) had an RBI single, and Grady plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.

            Southern Maine will play its home opener on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston in a single nine-inning LEC game.  UMass Dartmouth will play at Brandeis University in a non-conference game on Monday (3:00 p.m.).

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