1991 & 1997 NCAA Division III National Champions

Amherst Downs Southern Maine 13-5

Tucker White
Tucker White

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Mike Samela (Westport, Conn.) went 4 for 6 with two runs scored and four RBI as the visiting Amherst College Lord Jeffs defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 13-5, in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.

            The win was the fifth straight for the Lord Jeffs, and improves their overall record to 24-7.  The Huskies, playing their regular season finale, fall to 21-17.

            Samela had four singles to pace the Lord Jeffs 15-hit attack.  Rookie Alex Hero (New York, N.Y.), junior Kevin Heller (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior Scott Shaffer (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Nolan Stewart (New Canaan, Conn.) each had two hits.  Stewart had the Lord Jeffs only extra base hit, a solo home run off the top of the fence in left-center field in the eighth inning.

            Senior right-hander Ryan Healy (Westport, Conn.) remained unbeaten on the season picking up his sixth win.  Healy went seven innings giving up eight hits and one walk while striking out four.

            For the Huskies, freshman Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine), junior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomores Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine) and Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H.) had two hits apiece.  White had three RBI, all coming on a bases loaded double in the sixth inning.

            Sophomore Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine), the first of six hurlers used by the Huskies, took the loss.  Yates went four innings giving up five hits while striking out two.  All four runs Yates surrendered were unearned.

            Amherst plated two unearned runs in the first inning without the ball being hit out of the infield.  Samela and junior Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, Minn.) brought home the runs with infield groundouts.

            Samela drove in a run in the third with his first single, and later scored on Stewart's fielder's choice.  Both runs were unearned.

            Healy cruised through the first five innings giving up only three hits.  The Huskies threatened in the second inning, but White was cut down at the plate on an attempted double steal.

            In the sixth, Healy's throwing error on a potential double play ball allowed the Huskies to load the bases.  White took advantage lining a double into the left field corner to score all three runners and cut the Lord Jeffs lead to 4-3.

            The Lord Jeffs put the game away in the seventh inning sending 12 men to plate en route to scoring eight runs.  Four straight singles produced two runs before the Huskies fourth error of the day loaded the bases.  A hit batsman, a fielder's choice and three more singles, the last by Samela who had two hits in the inning, brought home six more unearned runs.

            Amherst will play Bates College later today (5:00 p.m.) at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.  Southern Maine is off until Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) when it faces the University of Massachusetts Boston in an opening round game of the 2011 Little East Conference tournament being played in Mansfield, Conn.

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