Leavitt, USM Shut Out Endicott 7-0
GORHAM, Maine — Freshman southpaw Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) pitched his first collegiate shutout to lift the nationally ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team past the Endicott College Gulls, 7-0, in a non-conference game at USM Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies extended their wining streak to 16 straight and improve to 22-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 at home. The loss breaks a five-game winning streak for the Gulls as they drop to 19-11 overall.
Leavitt's performance is the second shutout by the Huskies' pitching staff this season, and the first complete game shutout since Nick Douglass pitched a seven-inning shutout against Plymouth State University on April 22, 2011. Leavitt scattered eight hits while only walking one and striking out three for his third win of the season against no losses.
Despite giving up a hit in every inning but one, Leavitt only allowed one batter past first base. The freshman left-hander threw 11 groundball outs and benefitted from three double plays.
Senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) led the Huskies at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) also had three hits and an RBI. Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) added two hits and an RBI and freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had two hits and scored a run. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) extended his current hitting streak to 22 games with a line-drive single to left in the eighth inning.
Endicott senior Colin Sitarz (West Hartford, Conn./Hall) and sophomore Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) led the Gulls at the plate with two hits apiece. Gulls' sophomore left-hander Zac Poland (Essex Junction, Vt./Rice Memorial), who went three innings giving up four runs — three earned — on five hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 2-1 on the season.
Southern Maine wasted no time getting on the board as they pushed three runs across in the first on three hits and an Endicott error. Dexter led off with a single, and Chadwick hit a double to advance Dexter to third. Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) then reached first on an error by the Gulls, which allowed Dexter to score and Chadwick to advance to third. Chadwick scored on a successfully executed double steal with White to make it 2-0. After White stole third, he scored on an RBI single off the bat of Bernard to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Huskies added another run in the fourth on an RBI single from Chadwick that scored Verrier, and two more in the fifth. RBI singles from Verrier and Pisani highlighted the two-run fifth inning.
Pisani added an insurance run in the seventh when he drove in junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) with a single to left to increase the Huskies' lead to 7-0.
Southern Maine returns to action tomorrow (4:00 p.m.) when they travel to Norton, Mass., to take on the nationally ranked Wheaton College (Mass.) Lyons in a non-conference game. Endicott will host Nichols College in a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader Friday (2:00 p.m.).