Huskies Scheduled to Host Bowdoin on Wednesday (4 p.m.)
DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore right-handers Tucker Hetherman (Webster, Mass.) and Max Penton (Waltham, Mass.) combined to limit #3-ranked University of Southern Maine to six singles over nine innings to give the host Corsairs a 7-0 shutout over the Huskies in a Little East Conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at the UMD Baseball Field.
The loss snapped the Huskies' eight-game winning streak and knocked them from the unbeaten ranks in the Little East Conference. The Huskies, ranked third in the D3baseball.com and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball polls released early in the day, slip to 12-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Corsairs move to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in LEC play. The two teams will meet in the second half of the home-and-home regular season series at USM on April 23.
Hetherman surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out one over 7.1 innings to earn his second win of the season against one loss. After an infield error and giving up singles to junior Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) to load the bases in the eighth inning, Hetherman handed the ball over to Penton who induced an inning-ending double play. Penton allowed a harmless single in the ninth to complete the shutout.
The Corsairs did their offensive damage in the third inning against USM senior starter Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford Hills), taking advantage of a hit batsman and seven hits to put six runs on the board. The Corsairs sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
Senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) was plunked by a Rice offering to lead off the frame. Junior Nate Tellier (Attleboro, Mass.) followed with a single, and classmate Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) followed with a double to score Wood with the game's first run. Senior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) singled to drive in Tellier.
Rice got the first out when senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Knell. A groundout moved Harrington to third, and the Corsairs followed with three straight singles to produce two more runs and knock Rice from the hill. Wood greeted senior reliever Tanner Laberge (Windham, Maine) with UMD's fourth straight hit to make it 6-0.
UMD added an insurance run in the eighth inning in the eighth inning on Vatarian's single.
Senior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) had two of the Huskies' six singles. Rice absorbed his first loss going 2.1 innings six runs on eight hits. Five UMD hitters had a pair of hits in a 13-hit attack.
Southern Maine is scheduled to host Bowdoin College tomorrow (4 p.m.) at Ed Flaherty Field. UMass Dartmouth is off until Saturday (12 p.m.) when it host Western Connecticut State University for an LEC twin bill.