Southern Maine Downs Millsaps in 10 Innings
APPLETON, Wisconsin -- Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) grounded a bases-loaded single through the right side of a drawn-in infield to score sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) in the top of the 10th inning as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Millsaps College Majors, 2-1, in the opening game of the 2013 NCAA Division III College World Series being played at Fox Cities Stadium.
The victory moves the Huskies (43-8) into a winners' bracket game on Saturday afternoon (5:30 p.m. EDT) against number one ranked Linfield College. The Majors (38-13) will face an elimination game Saturday morning (11:00 a.m. EDT) against Ithaca College. Linfield hung on for an 8-6 win over Ithaca in the second game of the day.
Glauser, pinch-hitting for junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) to lead off the 10th inning, worked a walk from Millsaps senior right-handed starter Will Edwards (Kosciusko, Miss.). Glauser moved to second when senior Stephen Gates' (Cocoa, Fla.) throw to second base on an attempted sacrifice by USM freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) struck Edwards in the head and bounced over to third base. Edwards would leave the game after being evaluated by the Millsaps athletic trainer and coaches.
Millsaps called upon freshman Harper Grier (Spartanburg, S.C.) to face junior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) who successfully sacrificed Glauser and Dexter along. Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) was intentionally walked to load the bases bringing Chadwick to the plate. Chadwick grounded his single between the first and second basemen to bring home Glauser. Harper got out of the inning without further damage on consecutive fielders' choice ground balls.
Sophomore Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine), who came on in relief of USM rookie starter Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) in the sixth inning, surrendered a one-out single to Gates in the home half of the 10th, but stranded him at first on two fly ball outs. Richards, who improved his record to 10-2, allowed no runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Scates, making the start in place of junior ace Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs [Calif.]) who is still feeling the effects of a line drive he took off his pitching arm last weekend at the NCAA Regional, went the first five innings giving up one run on five hits. Scates did not walk anyone while fanning four.
Edwards was the tough-luck loser for the Majors. The right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) while limiting the Huskies' potent offense to five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Edwards dropped to 8-3 on the season.
Millsaps took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. After Scates got the first two batters, Gates doubled down the left-field line and came home on a single to right-center field by sophomore Keith Shumaker (Brandon, Miss.).
USM reached Edwards for the tying run in the sixth as Carey led off with a single, advanced to second on a one-out wild pitch, and scored on senior Nick Grady's (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) two-out single down the right-field line.
Chadwick was the lone USM hitter with two base hits. Junior Kevin Wall (Birmingham, Ala.) had three hits for the Majors. Gates and Shumaker each had a double and a single.
NOTES FROM APPLETON: At the tournament banquet held Thursday night, White, Grady and Carman were named first team All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). White was also named the ABCA Division III Player of the Year. It is the first time in the history of the program that the Huskies have had three first-team All-Americans in the same season ... With his sixth-inning single, Carey extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Dexter had his 22-game streak stopped ... The extra-inning game was the first of the season for the Huskies.