Endicott Comes From Behind, Downs Southern Maine 3-2
GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Harry Oringer's (Dartmouth, Mass.) sacrifice fly brought home what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning as the Endicott College Gulls won their sixth straight game defeating the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The win gave the Gulls a split of the teams' home-and-home series this season, and improved their overall record to 17-13. The Huskies, who defeated the Gulls 9-3 on April 3, dropped their third straight game to fall back to .500 at 14-14.
The Gulls scored twice in the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie, then held off the Huskies in the bottom of the ninth to take the win. Sophomore Tad Gold (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.) opened the eighth inning with a bad-hop infield single, and advanced to second on senior Colin Sitarz' (West Hartford, Conn.) blooper to left field. Sophomore EJ Martinez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) laid down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed on the throw to first base allowing Gold to score and Sitarz to advance to third. Oringer followed with a deep fly ball to center field that easily scored Sitarz.
Southern Maine made things interesting in the ninth when sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) walked and advance to third on a pair of groundouts. Junior Brett Barrett (Keene, N.H.) hit a slow dribbler down the third base line that stayed fair scoring Chadwick, but Endicott sophomore closer John Morrison (Ridgefield, Conn.) was able to retire the next batter to earn his fourth save of the season.
The game was a pitchers duel through the first six innings. USM freshman Alex Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy) hurled six shutout innings before being nicked for a run in the seventh. Endicott sophomore starter Tyler Hill (Plymouth, N.H./New Hampton) surrendered only one second-inning run while going 4.2 innings. Three relievers, sophomore Zac Poland (Essex Jct., Vt.), junior Kevin Dupras (Belchertown, Mass.) and sophomore Connor McLaughlin (Clinton, Mass.) combined to pitch 3.1 shutout innings. Dupras would pick up his first win of the season.
Senior David Ricker (Winthrop, Maine) gave the Huskies the lead in the second inning when he tripled into the left-center field gap, and scored on freshman Peter Mucher's (Farmington, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) two-out single. Mucher's hit was his first collegiate hit.
Endicott threatened against Tobey in the fourth leaving the bases loaded. The Gulls finally got to the rookie right-hander in the seventh as junior Ralph Fidaleo (Fairfield, Conn.) singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice and took third on a wild pitch. He scored on a single by senior Danny Mello (Peabody, Mass.) that ended Tobey's afternoon.
Southern Maine is off until Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when it will hosts Plymouth State University for a Little East Conference doubleheader. Endicott has a non-conference home game tomorrow (3:30 p.m.) against Suffolk University.