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#23/28 Southern Maine Prevails Over #30 Endicott 7-3

Rookie Sam Troiano had two hits, including a double, in USM's win over Endicott (file photo by Jason Johns).
Rookie Sam Troiano had two hits, including a double, in USM's win over Endicott (file photo by Jason Johns).

#23/28 Southern Maine Prevails Over #30 Endicott 7-3

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine baseball team took advantage of six Endicott College errors to score four unearned runs on the way to a 7-3 victory Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Ed Flaherty Field.

            The Huskies, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with an extra-innings loss to the University of Massachusetts Boston, improved to 17-7 on the season.  The Huskies have won 12 of 14 games since returning from Florida at 5-5.  The Gulls dropped their second straight, and fifth in the last six games to slip to 17-8 overall.

            USM jumped on top with two runs in the first, and had built a 5-0 lead after four innings.  Endicott chipped away at the lead to close within two (5-3) in the sixth inning before USM tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning.

            With two out in the first, junior Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) doubled to right center, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) singled up the middle.  Warren was safe at second on an infield error after being picked off first.  He would score an unearned run when sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) singled through the left side.

            Two infield errors in the third cost the Gulls as the Huskies scored two runs when sophomore Andrew Olszak's (Danvers, Mass.) grounder was misplayed.

            USM rookie Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine) doubled to left center with one out in the fourth and came around on junior Jake Dexter's (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) two-out single down the third base line.

            Endicott picked up a single run against winning pitcher Joshua Joy (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) in the fifth as senior Michael DeDonato (Chelmsford, Mass.), who reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a sacrifice fly from rookie Kyle Brennan (Wallingford, Conn.).

            A two-run sixth inning pulled the Gulls within two of the Huskies.  A single to right field by senior Brad Rebello (Bellingham, Mass.) scored freshman Matthew McKinley (Hudson, N.H.), and when the ball was misplayed in the outfield, freshman Christian Jordan (Holden, Mass.) was able to score.

            In the Endicott eighth, Jordan walked with two outs, and Rebello followed with his fourth hit of the game.  USM brought Dexter in from second base to pitch to DeDonato, and the Huskies' closer got the final out on one pitch.

            The Huskies scored a pair of insurance runs in the home half of the eighth on a Troiano sacrifice fly and another infield error on Dexter's ground ball.

            Joy earned his second win of the season going five innings allowing one run on five hits, one walks and three hit batsmen while fanning two.  Dexter, the last of four USM relievers, picked up his ninth save of the season retiring all four batters he faced.  Warren and Troiano had two hits apiece for the Huskies.

            Rebello led Endicott's eighth-hit attack with four singles, and sophomore Brendan McDonald (Quincy, Mass.) had three hits.  Freshman starter Jacob Thibault (Methuen, Mass.) was saddled with the loss.  He went three innings allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits.  He did not walk or strikeout a batter.

            Southern Maine will be in action Thursday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) hosting Babson College for a non-conference game.  Endicott is off until Saturday (12 p.m.) when it hosts Salve Regina University for a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader.