#3 Southern Maine Shuts Out Bowdoin
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Sophomore Joshua Joy (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) combined with two relievers to throw a three-hit shutout as the third-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 18-0 in a non-conference college baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Pickard Field.
The win was the seventh straight, and 12th in the last 13 games, for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 28-5. The Polar Bears dropped to 6-20-2 overall.
Joy held the Polar Bears hitless through the first six innings before surrendering a two-out single to sophomore Matt Nakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii) in the seventh. Joy would finish the inning, and his day, allowing just the one hit and four walks while striking out two to earn his fourth win of the season. He also hit three batters.
Junior Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) led the Huskies' 20-hit attack going 4-for-4 with a double. Junior Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and seniors Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) all had three hits.
The Huskies exploded for eight runs in the top of the third inning to break open a scoreless game, highlighted by a two-run single from junior Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine), a two-run single from sophomore Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine) and bases-loaded triple from Warren. Warren would also score on the play after a Bowdoin miscue.
Southern Maine pushed the lead to 10-0 with a single run in the fifth when Warren scored on senior Zach Quintal's (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) sacrifice fly, and in the sixth on Dexter's RBI single. The Huskies turned the game into a rout with five runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
Nakamoto, rookie Aidan Schraeder (Altadena, Calif.) and sophomore Josh Haensly (Boulder, Colo.) had the Bowdoin hits. First-year starting pitcher Andrew Cohen (Glastonbury, Conn.) went 2.2 innings and took the loss.
Southern Maine will host Bates College on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.). Bowdoin travels to Colby College tomorrow night (6:30 p.m.).