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Southern Maine Rallies to Best Bowdoin 8-7

Sophomore C Kip Richard delivered the winning run with a sacrifice fly in USM's 8-7 win over Bowdoin (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore C Kip Richard delivered the winning run with a sacrifice fly in USM's 8-7 win over Bowdoin (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Rallies to Beat Bowdoin 8-7

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Kip Richard's (Kennebunk, Maine) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning brought home what proved to be the winning run as the University of Southern Maine Huskies rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 8-7, in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.

            The win was the fourth straight for the Huskies, and their 19th in the last 20 games.  The Huskies, now 26-8 overall, swept the regular-season series from Polar Bears having beaten them 6-0 in early April at Colby College.  The Polar Bears dropped their second straight to fall to 14-17 overall.

            Bowdoin exploded for five runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from senior Evann Dumont-LaPointe (Kirkland, Quebec) and a two-run double from junior Joe Gentile (Groton, Mass.), to go ahead 7-3.

            The Huskies scored once in the fourth on an RBI single from sophomore Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee), twice in the seventh on a bases loaded walk to sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) and a double play to pull within one, and twice in the eighth to take the lead.

            In the eighth, rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) opened the frame with an infield single.  Sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) put runners on the corners with a one-out single through the right side.  Hapworth scored the tying run on a wild pitch with Dexter taking second.  An infield error on Warren's ball put runners on the corners again.  Warren stole second as the Polar Bears defended against a potential double steal setting the stage for Richard.  The second-year left-handed hitting catcher drove a pitch from sophomore Jack Wilhoite (Winchester, Mass.) on a line to center field to score Dexter easily from third with the go ahead run.

            Dexter came on to pitch the ninth inning, getting two strikeouts, to earn his ninth save of the season.  Bowdoin did benefit from a two-base infield error, one of six USM errors in the game, with one out, but Dexter stranded the runner at third.

            Warren paced the Huskies' 12-hit attack with a double and two singles.  Warren also scored twice and drove in two runs.  Hapworth, freshman Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) had two hits apiece.  Sophomore southpaw Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.), who struck out the one batter he faced in the eighth inning, got credited with his fourth win of the season.

            Bowdoin junior designated hitter Sawyer Billings (Marblehead, Mass.) went 3 for 3 with two walks.  Dumont-LaPointe had a home run and a single.  Wilhoite, the last of four Bowdoin hurlers, took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) facing Bates College in a non-conference game at Flaherty Field.  Bowdoin plays next on Friday hosting Amherst College.