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Southern Maine Comes From Behind, Downs Bates 10-7

Junior Paul McDonough had a bases-loaded double to highlight an eighth-inning rally as USM defeated Bates 10-7.
Junior Paul McDonough had a bases-loaded double to highlight an eighth-inning rally as USM defeated Bates 10-7.

Southern Maine Comes From Behind, Downs Bates 10-7

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning as the University of Southern Maine came from behind to defeat visiting Bates College 10-7 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.

            The win was the fifth straight for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 27-11.  The Bobcats have dropped their last two games falling to 12-20 overall.

            In the eighth inning, Bates grabbed a 7-6 lead on a two-run, two-out double down the left field line by junior Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Mass./Middlesex School) off USM rookie reliever Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).

            The Huskies loaded the bases in their half of the frame on a single and two hit batsmen to set the stage for McDonough who lashed a drive into the left-center field gap to clear the bases.  McDonough moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y.).

            Bates sent 11 men to the plate in the third inning to plate five runs to take a 5-1 lead.  The first seven batters reached base via six singles and a walk.  Junior Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic) brought home the first two runs with a single.  Sophomore Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah/Cottonwood) and rookie Daniel Trulli (Melrose, Mass./St. John's Prep) had back-to-back RBI singles, and senior Conor Reenstierna (Lincoln, Mass./St. Sebastian's) walked with the bases loaded to force home the fifth run.

            USM pecked away at the Bates lead with an unearned run in the third, and two runs in the fourth to get back within one.  Senior Sam Dexter (Oakland Maine/Messalonskee) drove in the third-inning run with a sacrifice fly.  Sophomore Cam Hauze (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) had an RBI single, and Jake Dexter an RBI double in the fourth.

            Sam Dexter tied the game in the sixth with another sacrifice fly to bring home senior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering) who reached on a three-base outfield error.

            Southern Maine took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on Hauze's two-out single to score McDonough who led off the inning with a double.

            McDonough finished with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI.  Hauze had two singles and two RBI.  DiBiase reached base five times on three walks, the outfield error and a single, and scored four times.  Jake Dexter picked up his fifth win of the season going 1 1/3 innings.  Senior Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.) had an outstanding long relief stint going five innings.  Browner gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out two.

            Canavan and Fox led the Bobcats' 15-hit attack with three hits and two RBI apiece.  Shapiro, senior Berto Diaz (Carson, Calif./Loyola) and rookie Joe Dinoto (West Friendship, Md./Loyola Blakefield) each had two singles.  Senior Chris Ward (Pasadena, Calif./Polytechnic), the last of seven Bates hurlers used in the game, was tagged with the loss.

            Southern Maine concludes the regular season this Friday (12:00 p.m.) hosting Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader.  Bates travels to Bowdoin College for a single game on Friday (3:00 p.m.).