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Southern Maine, UMass Dartmouth Split LEC Doubleheader

Junior left-hander Logan Carman earned his ninth win of the season to improve to 9-0 with a 16-3 win over UMass Dartmouth
Junior left-hander Logan Carman earned his ninth win of the season to improve to 9-0 with a 16-3 win over UMass Dartmouth
          GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies' baseball team pounded out 19 hits in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader to take a split with the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs Friday at the USM Baseball Stadium in Gorham, Maine.  Southern Maine earned a seven-inning 16-3 win over the Corsairs in the opener and then fell 9-4 in the second game.  

            With the split, Southern Maine stands at 32-7 and 12-2 in the Little East Conference.  UMass Dartmouth is 15-21 and 6-8 in the conference.

            In the opener senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, while senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored to pace the Huskies' attack. Senior Logan Carman (Newfield, N.H./Laurel Springs) gave the Huskies' five solid innings to earn his ninth win of the season and remain undefeated at 9-0.

            In the second game, the Corsairs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and did not look back en route to a 9-4 win.  UMass Dartmouth chased Southern Maine senior starter Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) out of the game before he recorded an out.  UMD sophomore Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) had a three-run double in the first to lead the Corsairs.

Game One

            Southern Maine took a 6-0 lead in the first inning to roll to its 16-3 win.  After an RBI single from senior Tucker White handed the Huskies a 1-0 lead, Grady crushed a double to left-center field with the bases loaded to give USM a 4-0 cushion.  USM closed out the inning with two more runs on a Corsair error and an RBI double from Carey.

            USM gave up an unearned run in the top of the second, but bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the third to open up a 9-1 lead.  Junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) had an RBI single, while junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) knocked a two run single to left field.

            Leading 9-1, USM blew the game open with six runs in the bottom of the fourth.  The Huskies used six hits and one UMD error for its second six-run inning of the game.  Verrier had a three-run double, and seniors Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) and Anthony Pisani (Chesire, Conn./Notre Dame) each had RBI singles.

            Trailing 15-1, the Corsairs scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run from senior Matt Worden (New Bedford, Mass.) to cut the deficit to 15-3, but USM tacked on an insurance run in the home half of the inning on an RBI single from senior Brett Barrett (Keene, N.H./Keene) to make it 16-3.

            The Huskies earned the seven-inning win as junior Nathan Veilleux (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) retired the UMD lineup in order in the top of the seventh with a strikeout and two fly outs to end the game. 

            Carman scattered four hits and a walk over five innings allowing one run (unearned).  He struck out three. Corsair junior Karney Boff (Dighton, Mass.) took the loss allowing 14 earned runs on 13 hits and a walk over three innings.

Game Two

            Supported by a strong offensive start, Corsair sophomore Nick Fuller (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched a solid seven innings to earn the 9-4 win over the Huskies.  Fuller allowed three earned runs on nine hits and three walks to improve to 4-5 on the season. He struck out six.

            Before Fuller even took the mound he was presented with a comfortable lead as UMD parlayed five hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch and a USM error into a 6-0 lead in the top of the first.

            A lead off single from sophomore Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford/Eckerd), a hit-by-pitch to freshman Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) and a walk to sophomore George Aggostini (Dighton, Mass.) set the table for back-to-back RBI singles from Worden and sophomore Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and a 2-0 Corsair lead.

            With the bases load and no one out, USM starter Yates was lifted in favor of sophomore Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine).  Richards gave up a three-run double to Faria and RBI single from junior Wayne Bolz (Billerica, Mass.) before getting out of the inning with USM trailing 6-0.

            Verrier got one run back for the Huskies in the bottom of the second with an RBI sacrifice fly to center field, but the Corsairs tacked on a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning and Fuller kept the Huskies off of the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh.

            Trailing 9-1 in the bottom of the seventh, USM grabbed two runs on Thibodeau's third home run of the season and an RBI single from White.  The Huskies' threatened for more with runners on first and second with one out, but the Fuller got a fielder's choice ground out and a strikeout to end the inning with a 9-3 lead.

            After a scoreless top of the eighth, freshman Matthew Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) entered the game for the Corsairs.  Russell worked his way out of a jam in the eighth with runners on first and second and one out, getting a pop up and a fly out and then closed out the game in the ninth allowing one hit, a solo home run to USM junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine). 

            Southern Maine hosts Suffolk University (1:00 p.m.) in its final regular season game before the start of the 2013 Little East Conference Championship on Wednesday.  Southern Maine, the 2013 regular season Little East Conference champion, will serve as the host site.  UMass Dartmouth returns to action in the LEC tournament, seeding to be determined.