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#3 Southern Maine Beats Bates 19-7

Sophomore Sam Troiano, seen here against Nichols College, hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six against Bates (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Sam Troiano, seen here against Nichols College, hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six against Bates (file photo by Jason Johns).
Troiano Goes 4-for-5 with Two HR, Career-High Six RBI

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Sam Troiano (South Portland, Maine) went 4-for-5 with two home runs and career-high six RBI to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 19-7 non-conference win over the visiting Bates College Bobcats under the light at Ed Flaherty Field Wednesday evening.

            The win was the eighth straight, and 13 in the last 14 games, for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 29-5.  The loss snapped the Bobcats' four-game winning streak, dropping them to 17-14 on the season.

            Troiano hit a two-run homer in the first inning as part of the Huskies' four-run uprising.  After the Bobcats tied the game in the top of the second, Troiano hit his second two-run homer of the night to give the Huskies the lead for good.  The second-year outfielder also had an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth.  The two-home run game was the second of the season, and third of his career, for Troiano. 

            A day after banging out 20 hits against Bowdoin, Southern Maine had its hitting shoes on again amassing 24 hits against four Bates pitchers.  Seniors Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) also had four hits in the game, and senior Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) had three hits and four RBI.

            Senior Tanner Laberge (Windham, Maine) picked up his third win of the season going five innings.  The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out three.

            Despite being held to just six hits by Laberge and two relievers, Bates took advantage of nine walks.  Junior Phil Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) drove in four runs with a two-run triple in the second and a two-run single in the sixth.  Junior Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.), the second Bates pitcher used, was tagged with his third loss of the season against two wins.  Michaud came on in relief of rookie starter Grant Iuliano (Waltham, Mass.) in the second inning to go 1.2 innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk.  He did not strike out a batter.

            Southern Maine will host Plymouth State University on Friday (12 p.m.) for a Little East Conference doubleheader.  Bates travels to in-state conference rival Bowdoin College on Saturday for a NESCAC twin bill.

 

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