Southern Maine Sweeps Eastern Connecticut, 7-5 and 14-4
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- For the first time in its storied history, the University of Southern Maine baseball team has swept Eastern Connecticut State University on the road. The Huskies downed the Warriors by scores of 7-5 and 14-4 in Little East Conference action on Saturday at Eastern Stadium.
The doubleheader sweep extends the Huskies' winning streak to nine games and lifts their overall record to 15-3. The Huskies are 2-0 in conference play. The Warriors have dropped three games to slip to 13-8-1 overall and 1-3 in LEC play.
USM and EC began playing each other in 1972, and in 16 previous trips to Connecticut, USM had never managed more the split.
The Huskies rallied from a two-run deficit with a single run in the sixth and three more in the seventh en route to the 7-5 win. Junior left-hander Logan Carman (Newfield, N.H./Laurel Springs) picked up his fifth win of the season going seven innings. Carman surrendered five runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) pitched the final two innings to earn his second save of the season.
Down 4-2, the Huskies picked up a single unearned run in the sixth when junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) reached on an error and scored on an RBI double from junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine).
The Huskies took a 6-4 lead in seventh on an RBI sacrifice fly from senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) and back-to-back RBI doubles from senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) and Bernard.
Bernard became the 14th player in USM history to have three doubles in a game. Grady had two doubles, and Chadwick had a pair of safeties and scored three times.
Eastern had taken a 3-1 lead against Carman in the second inning scoring three unearned runs on a two-out error and an RBI single from sophomore Joe Perez (North Branford, Conn.).
Senior Evan Chamberlain (Amston, Conn.) started on the mound and went 6.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He was tagged with his first loss of the season after four wins.
In the nightcap, the Huskies pounded out 17 hits against six ECSU hurlers to take a 14-4 win. Rookie Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) led the hit parade with four hits, including a record-tying three doubles. Junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) had three hits and three RBI. Chadwick, White, Grady and Bernard had two hits apiece.
Richards came back to pitch 3.2 innings of shutout relief to earn his first win of the season. Richards surrendered only one hit and struck out two.
USM took a 7-0 lead with three runs in the second, one in the third, and three more in the fourth. USM's first two runs in the second scored on an infield error and the third came home on Dexter's sacrifice fly. Verrier drove in the lone run in the third with a single.
In the fourth, Chadwick had a two-run double, and Bernard knocked in the third run with a single.
Eastern got three back in its half of the fourth, but USM iced the decision with four runs in the sixth. Bernard had another RBI single to ignite the uprising, Verrier followed with a two-run double, and later scored on a single by sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.).
The Huskies added a single run in the seventh on White's RBI triple, and two in the ninth on Grady's two-run single.
Senior Mike Riemer (Ellington, Conn.) and rookie Pete Gonski (East Lyme, Conn.) each had two hits for the Warriors. Starting pitcher, senior Tom Darby (Middletown, R.I.), was saddled with his first loss against three wins.
Southern Maine returns home on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) to host nationally ranked Saint Joseph's College. Eastern Connecticut hosts Babson College on Monday (4:00 p.m.).