Southern Maine Downs Western Connecticut 13-2
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two RBI as the top-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the sixth-seeded Western Connecticut State University Colonials 13-2 in the opening game of the 2013 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament being played at the USM Baseball Stadium.
White had a pair of singles and his eighth home run to pace the Huskies' 17-hit attack against three Colonial hurlers. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) also had three hits. Every member of the Huskies' starting lineup had at least one hit.
Junior southpaw Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs [Calif.]) went seven innings to earn his 10th win of the season. Carman allowed fi8ve hits and three walks while striking out three. Freshmen Sean Murphy (Westbrook, Maine) and Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Senior Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, Conn.) accounted for the Colonials first run of the game with his eighth home run of the season. Junior Austin Howard (Bristol, Conn.) was the only Colonial with two hits and scored the second run on an RBI single by sophomore James Russell (Darien, Conn.).
Sophomore right-hander C.J. Sousa (Danbury, Conn.) went the opening five innings on the hill giving up eight runs on 11 hits and five walks while striking out three. Sousa is now 1-3 on the season.
Bierfeldt gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead with a solo two-out homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. White scored the equalizer when he singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a triple from Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine).
USM took the lead for good with three runs in the second inning. Junior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) plated the first run with a double. After a walk to junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), a botched pickoff attempt moved both runners up 90 feet. Carey would score on a single by junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton), and Verrier scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).
Thibodeau scored a run in the fourth on first of two doubles for Dexter. USM added a single run in the fifth when White came home on a single by junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine). USM added three more runs in the sixth, including two on White's home run to left center.
Russell's RBI single in the seventh made it 9-2. The Huskies tacked on four insurance runs in their half of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Chadwick and a two-run single by Grady.
Southern Maine, 34-7 on the season and ranked ninth in the nation in the latest ABCA Division III poll, will move into Game Five of the tournament against the loser of the Keene State College-University of Massachusetts Boston game. Western Connecticut, 17-23 overall, will play the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in an elimination game (Game Four) of the six-team, double-elimination tournament.
Eastern Connecticut Edges UMass Dartmouth 10-9
GORHAM, Maine -- The Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors baseball team scored four runs in the final two innings to take a one-run lead and hung on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs 10-9 in Game Two of the Little East Conference Baseball Tournament at USM Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
With their fifth straight win, the Warriors improve to 29-11-1 overall. The Warriors will play the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in a winners bracket game - Game Six - tomorrow (3:30 p.m.). The Corsairs drop to 15-22 overall with the loss and face an elimination game against Western Connecticut State University in Game Four tomorrow (9:30 a.m.).
Senior Mike Riemer (Ellington, Conn./Berkshire School) led Eastern at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Drew Accomando (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) also had three hits, an RBI and three runs scored. Senior Tyler Caserta (Stratford, Conn./F.S. Bunnell) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and junior Tommy McKenna (Lexington, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Senior right-hander Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs, Conn./Stafford), the last of the Warrior's four hurlers, pitched the final 1.2 innings giving up one hit and striking out three to earn his sixth win of the season.
Sophomore Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford), freshman Connor Shaw (Goffstown, N.H.), and sophomore George Aggostini (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) each recorded three hits for UMass Dartmouth. Aggostini had four RBI, Medeiros scored three runs, and seniors Matt Worden (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) and Corey Allison (Taunton, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) each had two hits and two RBI.
Freshman right-hander Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex), who pitched 2.1 innings giving up four runs — three earned — on five hits, took the loss and drops to 1-2 on the year.
The Warriors took a 5-2 lead after four, but the Corsairs stormed back with five runs in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double to left center off the bat of Worden, and an RBI double by Medeiros.
Eastern got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Riemer to cut the UMD lead to 7-6, and scored twice in the seventh to take a 8-7 lead.
The Corsairs answered with two runs in the eighth on a two-run double by Aggostini to take a 9-8 lead. The Warriors came through once again with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Riemer and Accomando to go up 10-9.
UMD was able to get one runner on with two outs in the ninth, but Purnell got the final batter to ground out to finish the game.
UMass Boston Outlasts Keene State 12-9
GORHAM, Maine -- The fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-9 victory over the third-seeded Keene State College Owls in the third game of the opening day in the six-team, double-elimination Little East Conference Baseball Tournament being played at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Beacons, improving their overall mark to 16-21. The Beacon will play in Game Six (3:30 p.m.) on Thursday against Eastern Connecticut State University. The Owls dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 18-22 overall. The Owls will face top-seeded University of Southern Maine in Game Five (12:30 p.m.) in a must win situation.
Junior Jamil Moquette (Boston, Mass./Madison Park Tech), sophomore Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) and rookie Nick Brothers (Fort Myers, Fla.) all had three hits to pace the Beacons' attack. Moquette and Ezold each hit solo home runs in the seventh inning.
Senior right-hander Michael Broughton (New Britain, Conn.) earned the win with three innings of relief. Sophomore left-hander Patrick Austin (Torrington, Conn.) earned his first save of the season.
Juniors Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) and Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) and freshman Billy Hartman (Greenland, N.H.) all had three hits for the Owls who banged out 16 hits. Gummow and senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) each drove in two runs.
Junior Daniel Osorio (Manchester, N.H./West) was saddled with the loss in relief of senior starter Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, N.H.). Osorio went just two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on four hits and a walk.
The Beacons erased a three-run deficit in the sixth inning scoring four unearned runs to take an 8-7 lead. Ezold and senior Mike Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) brought home the first two runs with sacrifice flies, and freshman pinch hitter Jason Cholish (Exton, Pa.) chased home two more with a single.
Moquette and Ezold extended the lead to 10-7 with their home runs in the seventh.
Keene State trimmed two runs off the UMB lead in the eighth on RBI singles by Bates and Gummow.
UMB added two insurance runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Ezold and a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Consiglio. Keene State got the potential tying run to the plate against Austin, but the southpaw got a fly-ball out to end the game.