Southern Maine, Plymouth State Split LEC Doubleheader
GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomores Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) and Anthony Degifico (South Portland, Maine) combined for seven RBI as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Plymouth State University Panthers 10-1 in the nightcap to salvage a split of the teams' Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.
The Panthers took advantage of four Husky errors in the opening game to take a 7-2 victory. The split leaves the Huskies with a 19-8 overall record and a 6-3 mark in conference play. The Panthers are 10-11 overall and 3-3 in LEC games.
Junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) had a ninth-inning, bases-loaded double to add three insurance runs for the Panthers and solidify their win in the opening game.
USM took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single from junior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) to drive in Degifico who led off the inning with a double.
PSU struck for a pair on unearned runs in the third. Sophomore Ben Curry (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) drove in the first run with a single, and came all the way around to score on Cam Puziak's double.
After USM tied the game in the home half of the fourth inning with an unearned run, the Panthers took the lead for good in the sixth on Curry's RBI single. The Panthers made it a two-run game with an unearned marker in the seventh. The game remained at 4-2 until Goulet's big ninth-inning hit.
Goulet, Curry and sophomore Jimmy Zimolk (Londonderry, N.H.) had two hits apiece for the Panthers. Junior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) earned his third win of the season allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk. He struck out eight.
Degifico and junior Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) each had two hits for USM. Junior starter Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford, Hills) took the loss giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. He struck out a season-high 11 batters.
Six of the seven PSU runs in the game were unearned.
Hapworth had an RBI single and Degifico punctuated a four-run outburst in the opening inning with a two-run triple to give USM an early 4-0 lead.
PSU scored its lone run in the fourth when junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) was hit with a pitch, a bunt single from Goulet, and an RBI single from senior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass./St. Peter Marian).
Degifico added a two-run single in the fifth to push USM's lead to 6-1. Hapworth hit a solo home run in the seventh and added an RBI single in the seventh. Sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) also had a two-run single in the seventh to make it 10-1.
Degifico reached base four times going 2 for 2 with a walk and being hit by a pitch. Hapworth was 3 for 4 with a walk in five plate appearances. Sophomore Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and senior Kyle Heath (Westbrook, Maine) each had two hits.
Sophomore Gage Feeney (Cutler, Maine/Washington Academy) got his fifth win of the season going seven innings allowing one run on five hits and two walks while fanning three.
No Plymouth State batter had multiple hits in the game. Starter Tyler Shemick (Foster, R.I.) took the loss giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits and six walks while striking out two over four-plus innings.
Southern Maine is back in action on Sunday (1 p.m.) hosting Salve Regina University. Plymouth State will host Eastern Connecticut State University for a rescheduled LEC doubleheader on Sunday (12 p.m.).