NCAA Division III National Championship - Game 15
Haddeland, Linfield Stop Southern Maine 4-1 to Win Title
APPLETON, Wisconsin -- The University of Southern Maine Huskies' record-breaking season came to an end Tuesday as Linfield College sophomore right-hander Chris Haddeland (McMinnville, Ore.) held them to one run on eight hits as the Wildcats defeated the Huskies, 4-1, to win the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament played at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Huskies, making their seventh trip to the national championship tournament, ended the season with a school record 46 wins, breaking the previous mark of 39 set by the 1997 team, and a final mark of 46-10. The Huskies advanced to the national championship game by beating Ithaca College 5-4 in 13 innings earlier in the day.
Haddeland survived a shaky first inning when he surrendered the only run the Huskies would put on the board. He got out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth inning, and the Huskies did not advance a runner past first base over the final five innings. The first team All-American struck out five and finished the season with a 15-1 record.
Southern Maine sophomore Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine), who was the winner in the game against Ithaca after hurling 12 innings in relief, started the title game and cruised through the first three innings before surrendering four runs (three earned) in the bottom of the fourth. Richards allowed four hits, one walk and hit three while striking out one to take the loss. He finished the season with 11-3.
The Huskies jumped on Haddeland for a run in the top of the first as freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) opened the game with a double down the right field line. He advanced to third on a single by junior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) and would score on a wild pitch. Haddeland walked senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) to give USM first and second with no outs before bearing down to strike out the next two hitters and getting the third out on a grounder to third.
The Wildcats scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Junior Nick Fisher (Lake Oswego, Ore.) opened the frame with a double to left center. After a foul out, junior Kramer Lindell (West Linn, Ore.) singled to move Fisher to third. Junior Clayton Truex (Kirkland, Wash.) lashed a single to center field that USM junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) just missed making a diving catch on bringing Fisher home with the first run. Lindell and Truex moved up an extra base when Chadwick's throw to the plate got away.
Richards intentionally passed senior Jordan Harlow (Baker City, Ore.) to load the bases. Senior Kyle Chamberlain (Portland, Ore.) laid down a bunt single to plate Lindell with the go ahead run, and Richards hit senior Michael Hopp (Portland, Ore.) with a pitch to force in another run and end Richards' remarkable day.
Junior southpaw Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs [Calif.]) came on in relief of Richards to induce a potential inning-ending double play ball. Carman got the first out at home, but the relay throw to first got away allowing Chamberlain to score the fourth run. Carman got the final out on a popout, but the damage was done.
Carman would go 4.2 innings giving up three hits and one walk while striking out one. Carman got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning by striking out Hopp.
USM senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) was the lone batter for either team to record two hits.
Southern Maine will be returning to Boston Wednesday morning at approximately 10:45 a.m., and then busing to Gorham with an expected arrival time of 1:30-2:00.
GAME NOTES: Named to the all-tournament team from Southern Maine were freshman pitcher Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.), junior outfielder Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) and Richards. Haddeland was picked as the Most Outstanding Player. He was joined on the all-tourney team by three teammates - sophomore pitcher Aaron Thomassen (Seattle, Wash.), Truex and junior designated hitter Jake Wylie (Eagle, Idaho). Senior shortstop Dan Douglass (East Troy, Wis.) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and junior third baseman Colby Gee (Freeville, N.Y.) and junior shortstop Tim Locastro (Auburn, N.Y.) from Ithaca College round out the 11-man team ... Southern Maine will lose six seniors from this year's team. Departing the Huskies are outfielder Tucker White, third baseman Nick Grady, second baseman Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame), pitcher Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), catcher Zach Fernandes (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) and first baseman Brett Barrett (Keene, N.H.) ... The two Southern Maine-Linfield games were an NCAA finals record for the furthest distance between opponents - a distance of more than 3,000 miles ... Richards set a single-season record for innings pitched. He finished the season hurling 104 innings.