1991 & 1997 NCAA Division III National Champions

Southern Maine, DePauw Split Doubleheader

Senior John Carey had five hits in the Huskies' doubleheader with DePauw on Saturday.
Senior John Carey had five hits in the Huskies' doubleheader with DePauw on Saturday.

            AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had three hits to pace a 16-hit attack as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the DePauw University Tigers 12-6 in the nightcap of the teams' doubleheader Saturday.  The Tigers took the opening game 10-2 behind the complete game pitching effort of junior right-hander Michael Chiaro (Chicago, Ill.).

            The split leaves the Huskies at 6-2 on the season while the Tigers are now 3-4.  The Huskies continue their Florida swing on Sunday (11:00 a.m.) facing the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  The Tigers will play a doubleheader on Sunday (2:00 p.m.) against St. Olaf.

            In the second game, Dexter ignited a seven-run first-inning outburst with the first of his three singles.  Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine) had a two-run triple, and five other Huskies had RBI base hits in the inning.

            Seniors Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood), Grady and John Carey (South Portland, Maine) and junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) each had a pair of hits and two RBI in the second game.  Carey had a pair of doubles.

            Freshman Dan Kinnon (Londonderry, N.H.) went the first four innings striking out six while surrendering four runs on seven hits.  Junior left-hander Luke Hammond (Rangeley, Maine/Deering) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief.

            Senior Jason Cohen (Deerfield, Ill.) led the Tigers with three hits, including a pair of triples, and three RBI.  Juniors Pat Lyons (Brookfield, Wis.) and JB McCallum (Northfield, Ill.) also had a pair of safeties.  Sophomore southpaw starter Jack Peck (Indianapolis, Ind.), the first of five DePauw hurlers, was tagged with the loss.

            In the opener, Chiaro went the route giving up nine hits and no walks while fanning one to earn his first win of the season.

            USM took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run from junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) and an RBI double off the bat of rookie Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering).

            The Tigers erased the deficit in the next inning scoring six runs.  Senior Zach Galyean (Noblesville, Ind.) drove in the first run with a single, and Cohen followed with a three-run homer to put Tigers ahead 4-2.  Sophomore Cory Meixner (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a two-run homer later in the inning to make it 6-2.

            DePauw added four insurance runs in the seventh inning on two-run doubles by junior Paul Mpistolarides (Indianapolis, Ind.) and McCallum.

            Carey was the Huskies lone repeat hitter in the first game going 3-for-3.  Sophomore Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine), who came on in relief of sophomore starter Alex Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy) in the fifth inning, took the loss.

            Mpistolarides led the Tigers 11-hit offense with three hits.