Colby baseball team rolls past Husson

Posted April 07, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.

WATERVILLE — Nikolas Atsalis hit a three-run home run and Taro Gold homered and doubled twice as Colby College rolled to a 13-1 college baseball victory over Husson University Thursday.

Richard Newton added four hits and scored three runs for the Mules.

Shawn Smith singled and scored the lone run for Husson while Josh Gaudette and Ethan Guerette doubled.

Husson (13-11) 000 000 010 — 1 7 4

Colby (7-10) 113 222 02x — 13 19 0

Sullivan, Walker (4), Clark (6) and Ververis; Morrill, Geoghegan (7), Hesslein (9) and Schroeder

Salem State 8, USM 2

At Gorham, Salem State pushed across all eight of its runs in the third inning to cruise past Southern Maine.

Matt Burgess led the charge with a bases-clearing triple while Evan Valcourt had two doubles and two RBIs.

Tucker White and Jordan Berthiaume each had two hits for the Huskies.

Salem St. (9-9) 008 000 000 — 8 11 0

USM (11-7) 000 100 001 — 2 6 2

Collins and Valcourt; Carman, Yates (3), Veilleux (9) and Berthiaume

Thomas sweeps Lyndon State

At Husson University in Bangor, Thomas College of Waterville earned a sweep of Lyndon State, taking the first game 2-0 and the second 5-1.

In the first game, Chris Farrar tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks for the Terriers. Rob Nutter singled in a run for Thomas while Jeff Richardson singled and scored.

In the second game, Ben Goodall drove in two runs with a single for Thomas while Danny Burke took a no-hitter into the fifth.

Corey Lescault drove in Lyndon State’s lone run with a double.

Softball

USM swept

At South Portland, Salem State scored 18 runs in two games to sweep the University of Southern Maine, 9-3 in game one and 9-7 in game two.

In the first game, Christina Cirpriani singled twice and drove in two runs to pace Salem State, while Taylor Orlando hit a solo home run.

Sam Morse doubled for Southern Maine.

In the second game, Cipriani doubled in three runs to pace a five-run fifth inning for the visitors. Jenna Lentine drove in two runs.

Sarah Deroche collected five hits in the two games for the Huskies while Katie Davis knocked in three runs.

First game

Salem St. 400 011 1 — 9 10 1

Southern Me. 000 030 0 — 3 7 5

DiCredieo and Vitale; Morse and Caiazzo

Second game

Salem St. (13-10) 011 125 — 9 7 0

USM (2-18) 101 050 — 7 10 2

Bergeron, Fanning (2) and Flemming; Deroche and Davis

Football

MSU player cleared for practice

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. practiced with the Spartans on Thursday, four years after being diagnosed with leg cancer.

The school said Ray was granted a waiver by the NCAA that enabled him to participate. He had been medically disqualified so as not to count against the team’s scholarship limit. Ray said he found out he was cleared to practice from coach Mark Dantonio.

“I was in class, and I just cried tears of joy,” he said. “It felt so good because it just represents so much now. I just feel like I have to represent everybody that’s still dealing with bad things, like chemo. I still remember some of my guys that are still in the hospital.”

Ray signed with the Spartans in 2007 but was diagnosed soon after and underwent successful chemotherapy and surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on top of his leg bone near the calf of his left leg. A subsequent infection forced him to leave school before re-enrolling in 2008.

Ray said he did a few drills with a little bit of hitting Thursday. He’ll count toward the team’s scholarship total this fall.

“It’s a starting point to get back on the field,” Dantonio said. “It also, I think, gives hope to everybody who has been in any kind of tough situation in their life, that if you can keep pushing and push through adversity you’ve got a chance. … This guy has had four, five, six operations and surgeries. He was on crutches for two years. There was a lot of doubt whether or not he was going to walk again, let alone play football.”

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