1991 & 1997 NCAA Division III National Champions

Southern Maine Sweeps Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 6-4 and 6-4

Junior Sam Stauble had a pair of hits in the nightcap as USM swept Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Florida, 6-4 and 6-4 (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Sam Stauble had a pair of hits in the nightcap as USM swept Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Florida, 6-4 and 6-4 (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Sweeps Wisconsin-Stevens Point

            AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) had three extra-base hits and four RBI as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6-4 in the first game of the teams' doubleheader Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Field.  The Huskies went on to sweep Pointers rallying from a 4-0 deficit to take another 6-4 victory in the nightcap.

            The sweep improved the Huskies' overall record to 4-2 with five games remaining on their Florida swing.  The Pointers had their three-game winning streak snapped by the double dip, and fell to 4-5 on the season. 

Game One

            Hapworth was the hitting star in the opener for USM pounding out two doubles and a triple.  He had a two-run double in the first inning as the Huskies scored three unearned runs, and another two-run double in the eighth inning to snap a 3-3 tie.

            The Huskies took advantage of a passed ball in the first to score three times.  Sophomore Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) knocked in the first run with a single ahead of Hapworth's two-run double.

            UWSP chipped away at USM's lead scoring twice in the third on senior Clint Rose's (Watertown, Wis.) two-run single, and tied the game in the fifth when Rose successfully executed a squeeze bunt to score rookie John Popham (Waupaca, Wis.).

            In the eighth, a pair of two-out walks proved costly for UWSP as Hapworth delivered a two-run double down the left-field line.  Sophomore Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) brought Hapworth home with a triple.

            Sophomore Kyle Mrozinski (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) got one run back for UWSP in the eighth with a solo home run to left field.

            USM sophomore left-hander Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season, and classmate Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) earned the save.  Junior Cole Erickson (Deerfield, Wis.) was the tough-luck loser going 7.1 innings allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks while fanning five. 

Game Two

            The Huskies rallied from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the third, a single marker in the fourth and two more in the sixth to take the nightcap.  Five USM relievers combined to pitch eight innings of one-hit shutout baseball.

            The Pointers jumped on USM senior starter Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) for three runs in the first and a run in the second to take a 4-0 lead.  Sophomore William Iloncaie (East Roy, Wis.) had a two-run single, and rookie Angel Ramirez (Milwaukee, Wis.) followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 before USM even batted.

            A walk to the leadoff man in the second ended Leavitt's afternoon and brought on senior Alec Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy).  Senior Ben Gerber's (Stoughton, Wis.) one-out single scored rookie Tommy Duddleston (Chicago, Ill.) to give the Pointers a four-run lead.

            USM got three back in the third on senior Matt Bender's (Walpole, Mass.) fielder's choice that scored junior Kyle Heath (Westbrook, Maine), a wild pitch that permitted junior Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) to score, and Bender scored on a Warren single.

            Dexter scored the tying run in the fourth when he scored on a double play.

            In the sixth, Dexter came across the plate on a single by sophomore Kyle O'Connor (Lynn, Mass./Lynn English) to break the 4-4 tie, and sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood), who pinch ran for O'Connor, scored an insurance run on a double by Bender.

            Tobey, sophomores Ryan Gaydou (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Tanner Laberge (Windham, Maine) , senior Tom Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) and Dexter combined to limit the Pointers to one hit and four walks of the final eight innings.  Fortier got his first win with the Huskies, and Dexter earned his second save.

            Warren, Heath, Dexter and junior Sam Stauble (Harrison, Maine/Bridgton Academy) had two hits apiece for the Huskies.  Senior right-hander Derek Kawlewski (Stevens Point, Wis.) took the loss for UWSP giving up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. 

Up Next

            Southern Maine will play Division One Dartmouth College on Thursday (2:00 p.m.) at Lake Myrtle Field.  Wisconsin-Stevens Point will play Benedictine University on Thursday (12:00 p.m.) at Lake Myrtle Field #1.