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#3/#4 Southern Maine Downs Endicott 7-1

Junior SS Andrew Olszak went 3-for-4 with two RBI in USM's win over Endicott on Wednesday (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior SS Andrew Olszak went 3-for-4 with two RBI in USM's win over Endicott on Wednesday (file photo by Jason Johns).

#3/#4 Southern Maine Downs Endicott 7-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior right-hander Tanner Laberge (Windham, Maine) gave the University of Southern Maine six strong innings on the mound to earn his first win of the season as the Huskies defeated the visiting Endicott College Gulls 7-1 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.

            The win was the fifth straight, and ninth in the last 10 games, for the Huskies, improving their overall mark to 21-4.  The Gulls dropped their second straight game to slip to 18-11 on the year.

            Laberge , making his first career start after 45 relief appearances, gave up one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three.  Junior relievers Colton Lawrence (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) and Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) combined for three scoreless innings.

            Junior Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) led the Huskies' offense going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.  Senior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) had a pair of singles and scored three times.

            Senior Dan Cacciola (Saugus, Mass.) was the lone repeat hitter for the Gulls with a pair of singles.  Senior starter Kyle Wollman (East Berlin, Conn./Xavier) took the loss on the mound after giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings.  Wollman did not walk a batter and struck out one.

            Endicott took a 1-0 lead with its lone run in the second inning when sophomore Jordan Carvalho (Rehoboth, Mass./Bishop Hendrickson) scored from third on a single up the middle by junior Brendan McDonald (Quincy, Mass./BC High).

            Olszak tied the game in the third when he singled with one out, stole second, and scored on a two-out single from sophomore Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine).

            USM took the lead against Wollman in the fourth putting three runs on the board.  Senior Jack Sylvia (Glastonbury, Conn.) brought in the first run with a single, and scored when sophomore Jason Komulainen (Gorham, Maine) followed with a triple.  Olszak knocked in Komulainen with a single up the middle.

            The Huskies added an unearned run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Sylvia, and two more in the eighth to pull away.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) to take on #10 Babson College.  Endicott is off until Saturday (12 p.m.) when the Gulls travel to Roger Williams University for a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader.