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Farmingdale Hands USM First Loss 5-1

Senior Nick Grady had two hits on Sunday against Farmingdale.
Senior Nick Grady had two hits on Sunday against Farmingdale.

Farmingdale Hands USM First Loss 5-1

            FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Junior James Powers (Jamesport, N.Y.) and freshman Alex Weingarten (East Rockaway, N.Y.) combined to limit the University of Southern Maine to just four hits as the Farmingdale State Rams handed the Huskies their first loss of the season, 5-1, in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at the FS Baseball Stadium.

            The win gave the Rams a split of the teams' two-game weekend series and broke a two-game losing streak.  The Rams are now 6-8 overall heading into their Skyline Conference opening doubleheader next Saturday (12:00 p.m.) at home against Mount Saint Vincent.

            The Huskies dropped to 3-1 on the season as veteran head coach Ed Flaherty was denied in his first opportunity to win his 800th career game.  The Huskies get their next opportunity to give Flaherty his milestone victory on Thursday against Trinity College in the first game of their annual southern swing.

            Powers, 3-1 on season, allowed the Huskies' lone run in the first inning and then shut down the Huskies' offense allowing only two singles after the opening inning.  After surrendering a leadoff single to freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) in the third inning, Powers set down the next nine batters in order. 

            Weingarten came on in the sixth after USM junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) ended Powers' day with a leadoff single.  The rookie right-hander got a couple of outs before senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine) singled to right field putting runners at first and second.  Weingarten got out of the inning with a strikeout and went on to earn his first save.

            The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in their first turn at bat as Chadwick was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Grady's RBI single.

            The Rams tied the score in their half of the inning as sophomore Tom Rydzewski (Franklin Square, N.Y.) scored on a double steal.

            Sophomore Michael Marino (Franklin Square, N.Y.) gave the Rams the lead for good in the second as he led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a squeeze bunt by junior Edward Bergmann (East Meadow, N.Y.).

            Farmingdale added single runs in the third and fourth innings against USM junior starter and losing pitcher Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) to push the lead to 4-1.  Rydzewski scored his second run of the game on an RBI single by freshman Dalton McCarthy (Manorville, N.Y.) in the third.  Bergmann scored in the fourth on a double by senior David Zilnicki (Riverhead, N.Y.).

            The home side added an insurance run in the seventh inning against USM freshmen hurlers Dan Kinnon (Londonderry, N.H.) and Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.).

            Grady was the lone USM player with two hits.  Zilnicki led Farmingdale's 10-hit attack with a double and two singles.  Rydzewski also had two hits.