LEWISTON, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine baseball team built a 5-0 lead, then held off Bates College for a 5-4 victory Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Leahey Field. The game was called with Bates batting in the bottom of the eighth inning due to lightning and a lengthy rain delay.
The win is the second straight, and seventh in the last nine games, for the Huskies who improved to 21-16 overall. The loss snapped the Bobcats seven-game winning streak, and dropped their overall mark to 18-15.
Freshman Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) paced the Huskies' 10-hit attack with two singles and a pair of RBI. Sophomore Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) had two hits and one RBI, and senior Mike Eaton (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) had two doubles, scored a run and picked up a save with an inning of scoreless relief. Freshman right-hander Nathan Veilleux (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) picked up the win in relief.
Junior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass./Phillips Andover) had two RBI singles for the Bobcats who were limited to five hits by four USM hurlers. Senior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.) had a two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies. Senior starting pitcher Noah Lynd (Meriden, N.H./Lebanon) went the first three innings and was saddled with the loss.
The Huskies added a single run in the third on White's RBI single to center, and a single tally in the fourth on Chadwick's second RBI single.
The Bobcats cut into the deficit against USM rookie southpaw starter Logan Carman [Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs (Calif.] in the fourth scoring two runs. Ciummei plated the first with a single, and Simon brought home the second with a sacrifice fly.
Bates made things interesting rallying for two runs in the sixth. Ciummei brought home Lynd who led off the inning by being hit with a pitch. Simon's second sac fly plated senior Gordy Webb (Hampden, Maine/Bangor) cutting the deficit to a single run. USM junior Greg Holmes (West Newbury, Mass./Central Catholic) came on to get the final out of sixth, and Eaton shut down the Bobcats in the seventh before the bad weather descended.
Southern Maine will host Amherst College for its final regular season game Sunday (12:00 a.m.). Bates will play Amherst later in the day (5:00 p.m.) at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.