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Southern Maine Holds Off Mount St. Joseph 10-9

Junior Zach Quintal drove in four runs with a home run and a single in USM's 10-9 win over Mount St. Joseph University (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Zach Quintal drove in four runs with a home run and a single in USM's 10-9 win over Mount St. Joseph University (file photo by Jason Johns).
Quintal, Hapworth Each with Four RBI

            AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Junior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) and sophomore Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) each drove in four runs to help the #15/#20 University of Southern Maine Huskies defeat the Mount St. Joseph University Lions, 10-9, in a non-conference baseball game at Lake Myrtle Park #8.

            The win was the second straight for the Huskies and improved their overall record to 3-2.  The Lions dropped their fourth straight game to slip to 6-5 on the season.

            Quintal went 3 for 4 at the plate with a three-run homer and an RBI single while Hapworth was 3 for 3, including a two-run double.  Sophomore Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) also had three hits, and junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) and rookie Jason Komulainen (Gorham, Maine) had two hits apiece.  USM outhit MSJU 15-10 in the game.

            Senior Nathan Hunter (Vevay, Ind.) and sophomore Roman Rothwell (Monroe, Ohio) paced the MSJU attack with two hits apiece.  Hunter had the Lions' lone extra-base hit.

            Senior Bobby Delaney (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), the second of six USM pitchers used in the game, picked up his first win with two innings of scoreless relief.  Senior Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) earned his second save of the year getting the final out in the ninth inning.

            MSJU rookie starter Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits over 3.2 innings.

            Quintal hit his first home run of the season to cap a four-run third-inning outburst.  The Lions responded with three runs in the home half of the frame on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Jose Bustamante (Austell, Ga.), an RBI grounder by junior Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and an RBI single from senior Darren Sackett (Loveland, Ohio) to tie the score at 5-5.

            Hapworth put the Huskies ahead for good in the fourth with his two-run double off Hughes that ended his day on the hill.

            Southern Maine added three insurance markers in the sixth on an RBI single by Olszak, Hapworth's bases loaded walk to force home a run and an RBI single from Quintal.

            The Lions chipped away at the Huskies' five-run lead with a single run in the eighth on Hunter's double to make it 10-6.

            In the ninth, the Lions were down to their final out before things got interesting.  Without the benefit of a hit, the Lions loaded the bases forcing the Huskies to bring in Dexter to get the last out.  Back-to-back infield errors by the Huskies allowed three runs to cross the plate making it 10-9 before Dexter struck out Rothwell to end the game.

            Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow (2:30 p.m.) taking on The College of New Jersey at Lake Myrtle Park.  Mount St. Joseph will play a doubleheader on Friday (tba) against Central College (Iowa) in Orlando, Fla.