Southern Maine Tops St. Joseph's (Me.) 10-4
STANDISH, Maine -- In a battle between two of New England's top-ranked Division III teams, the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies banged out 13 hits, including six for extra bases, en route to a 10-4 victory over the Saint Joseph's College Monks in a non-conference baseball game at Mahaney Diamond Thursday afternoon.
The win was the eighth straight for the Huskies who improved to 15-7 overall. The Monks had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the loss and are now 18-3 overall. St. Joseph's was ranked 20th/21st nationally and third in this week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III poll, while Southern Maine was ranked fourth in the NEIBA poll.
Sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) led the Huskies' attack going 3 for 5, including a triple, with two runs scored and an RBI. Junior Sam Stauble (Harrison, Maine/Bridgton Academy) was 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBI. Senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) and sophomores Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) all had two hits for the Huskies.
Senior southpaw Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season allowing two runs on two hits and three walks over five innings of work. Three relievers combined to pitch the final four innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out six.
Sophomore Grayson Jennings (Mililani, Hawaii) started on the hill for the Monks and took the loss. Jennings lasted 1 1/3 innings giving up three runs on three hits. Junior reliever Travis Godbout (Portland, Maine) surrendered six runs (three earned) over five innings. Senior Taylor Black (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) and sophomore Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) had doubles and drove in a run for Saint Joseph's.
The Huskies jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning as Quintal led off the game with a triple and came home on Stauble's first career home run, a one-out, two-run shot to left-center field.
Southern Maine added a single run in the second on Warren's RBI double, and in the third on a fielder's choice from rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine).
Back-to-back RBI singles in fourth from senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) and Stauble pushed the Huskies' lead up to 6-0.
The Monks nicked Leavitt for a pair of runs in the fifth on a RBI sacrifice fly from senior Dennis Meehan (Gardiner, Maine) and a double down the left-field line from Murphy.
Quintal drove in a run in the sixth to make it 7-2. Hapworth hit a solo home run and Dexter drove in a run with a double in the seventh.
Black drove in a run for the Monks in the bottom of the seventh with a double, and senior Brett Barbati (Melrose, Mass./Bridgton Academy) scored an unearned run in the eighth inning.
Hapworth scored an unearned run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine).
Southern Maine will play its delayed home opener on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) hosting Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College for a doubleheader. Saint Joseph's heads to Nichols College for a non-conference game tomorrow (2:00 p.m.).