Huskies Head to Wisconsin For NCAA Division III World Series
HARWICH, Mass. -- Senior left-hander Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Exeter) scattered five hits and allowed only one run over 8 2/3 innings as the University of Southern Maine Huskies came from behind to defeat the Endicott College Gulls, 11-1, Sunday afternoon at Whitehouse Field to win the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship for the second straight year.
The Huskies, 35-13 overall, advance to the NCAA Division III World Series that begins Friday at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. This will be the Huskies' eighth trip all-time to the Division III World Series, and fourth trip to Appleton since 2000. This regional title marks the third time that Huskies have won back-to-back titles.
In a rematch of the 2013 regional championship game, Carman again proved dominant allowing only a single first-inning run. A year ago, the southpaw hurled a complete game shutout to send the Huskies on to the Division III World Series.
After allowing the first-inning run, Carman helped himself spearing a line drive to start a double play in the second inning, and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third getting the final out on a comebacker to the mound. From there, Carman allowed only two more hits before giving way to senior Nathan Veilleux (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) to record the final out.
The Husky bats came alive in the latter stages of the game to pound out 15 hits and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 10-run cushion. Sophomore Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) led the way going 4 for 5 and scoring twice. Senior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine), back in the starting lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duties for the first four days of the tourney due to a leg injury, was 3 for 5, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Rookie Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) also went 3 for 5 to drive in two runs and score twice.
For the Gulls, senior Tad Gold (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.) was the lone repeat hitter with a double and single. Gold drove in the Gulls lone run with a first-inning single. Sophomore starting pitcher JJ Branch (Milford, Mass.) held the Huskies in check over the first five innings allowing just three hits. USM finally got to Branch in the sixth inning for four straight singles that produced two runs, and knocked him from of the game during a nine-run explosion the eighth inning. The loss was just the second of the season for Branch against eight wins.
Endicott grabbed the lead as rookie Cam Farnham (Andover, Mass.) led of the game with a single, and stole second with two outs. Gold brought Farnham around with his single to left field. Gold would take second on the throw, and later stole third, but was stranded there.
Sophomore Cody Hall (Rutland, Mass./Wachusett) led off the Gulls' third inning with a single, and Carman misplayed a sacrifice bunt by Farnham that left runners at second and third with no outs. Carman got the next two hitters on a foul out and one of his five strikeouts before hitting Gold with a pitch to load the bases. Carman escaped by getting sophomore Matt Paola (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug) to hit a comebacker to the mound.
Southern Maine finally solved Branch in the sixth getting four consecutive singles from Dexter, McDonough, Chadwick and senior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) to take the lead.
After a scoreless seventh inning, the Huskies put the game away in the eighth inning by sending 14 men to the plate en route to scoring nine times. Sophomore Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering), Dexter and McDonough had consecutive singles off Branch to make it 3-1 before Chadwick hit his sixth home run of the season over the right field fence. Branch faced two more hitters before being lifted.
Senior right-hander Colin McLaughlin (Clinton, Mass.) recorded the first out on a fielder's choice, but then walked junior Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) and served up an RBI single to senior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) to make it 7-1. McLaughlin gave way to senior Tyler Hill (Las Vegas, Nev.) who would get touched up for RBI singles by Dexter and McDonough. USM also scored runs on a double steal and a wild pitch.
Carman was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Chadwick (DH), Dexter (SS), Verrier (C) and junior relief pitcher Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) were also named to the All-Tournament team. Gold, Hall and pitcher Davarn Nova (Wareham, Mass.) represented Endicott on the team. Senior outfielder Alex Lornec of St. Joseph's College, junior pitcher Kyle Slinger of Tufts University and junior infielder Parker Tew of M.I.T. round out the all-tournament team.
Dexter hit safely in all five tournament games batting .522 (12 for 23) with six runs scored and four RBI. Chadwick was 6 for 9 with six RBI in four games, and McDonough hit .409 (9 for 22) in his first regional.