GORHAM, Maine -- Plymouth State University senior left-hander Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional) scattered four hits in a complete game effort as the sixth-seeded Panthers upset the top-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-2 in the opening game of the 2012 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament being played at the USM Baseball Stadium.
Chatfield, pitching on three days rest, dominated the Huskies bats surrendering only two hits and three walks over the first eight innings. The Huskies did not have a runner advance pass second base until the ninth inning when they nicked the southpaw for two runs.
The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning against USM sophomore left-handed starter Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs) when rookie Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) doubled, advanced to third on an infield miscue and scored on senior Ryan Mcintosh's (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) RBI ground out.
Chatfield and Carman matched zeroes over the next three innings until PSU tacked up two more runs in the seventh. After getting the first two outs, Carman gave up four straight singles to produce the two PSU runs. Sophomore Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) and senior Luke Merrill (Pittsburg, N.H.) drove in the runs.
After Merrill's hit, USM brought on senior right-hander Dustin Stanton (Cornish, Maine/Sacopee Valley). Stanton got the final out to prevent any further damage, and combined with senior southpaw Greg Holmes (West Newbury, Mass./Central Catholic) to retire seven straight batters.
Southern Maine made things interesting against Chatfield in the ninth as junior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) singles and classmate Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine) followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) brought in White with a ground out, and Grady scored on an infield error. Chatfield would get the final two outs when the Huskies base runner was caught stealing and on a ground out.
Reny and Runnals paced the Panthers' eight-hit attack with a pair of safeties. Reny had the Panthers lone extra base hit. Grady was the only Huskies hitter to solve Chatfield with a single and a double.
The win moves Plymouth State into Game Five of the six-team, double-elimination tournament against third-seeded Rhode Island College. Southern Maine will play in Game Four against fifth-seeded UMass Boston. The loss snapped USM's seven-game win streak.
In other results Wednesday, second-seeded Keene State College held off UMass Boston, 6-5, and fourth seeded Eastern Connecticut State University defeated Rhode Island College 6-3.
The tournament resumes Thursday morning starting at 9:30 a.m.
The second seeded Keene State College Owls defeated the fifth seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons 6-5. Freshman Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had two hits and two RBI to lead the Owls offense. Senior right-hander Jeff Pelkey (Fitzwilliam, N.H.) pitched 7.1 innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. Junior Tim Quagliaroli (Windsor Locks, Conn.) came on to get the final five outs to earn his fifth save.
Senior Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, Conn.) had a pair of hits and scored three times for the Beacons. Sophomore Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) had two hits and two RBI, and rookie Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Junior right-hander Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) started on the mound and took the loss.
Senior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, Mass.) went 2 for 4, including a three-run home run, with four RBI to lead fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut past third-seeded Rhode Island College 6-3. Cammuso's three-run shot in the fifth inning put the Warriors ahead 6-1 at the time. Sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, Mass.) had three hits and scored twice for the Warriors. Sophomore Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott, Conn.) also had a pair of hits. Senior Tom Darby (Middletown, R.I.) started on the mound and picked up his sixth win against no losses with the help of three relievers.
Rhode Island College out hit Eastern Connecticut 13-11. Freshman Dean Grasso (Cranston, R.I.) and junior Kevin Carey (Wakefield, R.I.) led the way with three hits apiece. Seniors Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, Mass.) and Brent Hopkins (Cranston, R.I.) had two hits. The Anchormen left 14 runners stranded in the game. Junior David Hoey (Lincoln, R.I.) was saddled with the loss.