1991 & 1997 NCAA Division III National Champions

#3 Southern Maine Defeats Nichols 14-2

Senior Jack Sylvia (left) and sophomore Sam Troiano hit home runs Sunday against Nichols (photos by Jason Johns).
Senior Jack Sylvia (left) and sophomore Sam Troiano hit home runs Sunday against Nichols (photos by Jason Johns).
Sylvia and Troiano Hit HR to Highlight 19-Hit Attack

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Jack Sylvia (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine) each hit home runs as the third-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 19 hits en route to a 14-2 win over the visiting Nichols College Bison in a non-conference baseball game Sunday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.

            The win was the fourth straight, and 12th in the last 13 games, for the Huskies, improving their overall record to 16-3.  The Bison, who won a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference games on Saturday at Curry College, dropped to 13-11 overall with the loss.

            The Huskies' 19-hit attack supported the solid pitching effort of sophomore starter Joshua Joy (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) and three relievers.  Joy evened his record at 1-1 after allowing one run on four hits without walking a batter over six innings.  He struck out seven.

            Every member of the Huskies' starting lineup had at least one hit in the game, led by senior Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) who was 4-four-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.  Sylvia, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, hit his first career home run in the fifth inning.  Troiano finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, both coming on his blast in the seventh.

            Sophomore Nathaniel Cormier (Sandisfield, Mass./Monument Mountain) had a double and scored the first Bison run in the second inning.  Classmate Riley Parent (Windham, N.H.) reached base three times, each time after being hit by a pitch, and scored the final Bison run in the eighth.

            Sophomore Robert Cobb (Revere, Mass./Austin Prep), the first of seven Nichols hurlers used in the game, was tagged with his first loss of the season.  Cobb gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk over 3.1 innings of work.  He struck out one.

            After Joy retired the side in order in the top of first, the Huskies scored three times to give their second-year pitcher some early run support.  Junior Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) drove in the first two runs with a double off the fence in left, and later scored on a single to left from senior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee).

            USM added single runs in the second and fourth innings on a pair of RBI singles from Dexter.  Sylvia hit his solo homer over the fence in right field in the fifth to make it 6-1.

            In the sixth, the Huskies added four more runs to their total on an RBI single from junior Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine), followed by a two-run single from senior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood), and an RBI from Sylvia.

            Troiano's two-run shot highlighted a four-run seventh inning that pushed the score to 14-1.

            Southern Maine heads to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Tuesday (3 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.  Nichols will host Rivier College for a non-conference game on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).