Big fifth inning lifts USM baseball team past UMF

Posted March 29, 2012, at 9:18 p.m.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The University of Southern Maine Huskies broke the game open with a nine-run fifth inning to beat their instate counterparts, the UM-Farmington Beavers 12-1 in baseball action Thursday.

Jake Glauser and John Carey each rapped a two-run triple in the uprising, while Tucker White posted a leadoff triple and a two-run single in the inning. White also hit three more singles and had two other RBIs.

Matt Powers provided three singles and two RBIs for 7-7 Southern Maine of Gorham, while Carey and Glauser added another single each. Ricker contributed two singles behind Ryan Yates, who scattered nine hits.

Jack MacVane doubled and Zach Keene added an RBI fielder’s choice for the University of Maine-Farmington (1-5).

Florida Christian 13, UMF 6

At Auburndale, Fla., Eric Santamaria and Mark Vidal each recorded three singles and a double as the Suns totaled 18 hits in their victory over UMaine-Farmington.

Ed Flaherty singled twice for UMF and Ethan Jean and Brett Wallingford each chipped in with a double. Wallingford also drove in two runs while Jean and Jack MacVane each had an RBI.

Softball

Curry sweeps UMF

At Milton, Mass., Curry College swept the University of Maine-Farmington 7-2, 5-0 in non-conference games.

The Colonels, now 13-7 scored three times in both in the third and fourth innings to take the win in the first game and Taylor Ahearn fired a three-hit shutout in the second contest.

Lily Barry singled and doubled for 2-4 UMF in the first game while Kaitlyn Bartlett and Devin Fitzgerald each chipped in with an RBI single. Shannon Mitchell doubled twice in the second game and Meghan Plant added a double.

Women’s basketball

Irish set for UConn

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame are back in the Final Four for the second straight season, and the game plan for the national semifinals will look familiar.

Notre Dame (34-3) and Connecticut (33-4) meet for the fourth time this season on Sunday in Denver. The winner will face Baylor or Stanford in Tuesday’s championship.

“We know them pretty well and they know us pretty well,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “I don’t think there’s any mystery in the game. I think it’s a matter of who’s going to play well, who’s going to make shots and who’s going to be able to defend better. The adrenaline will be flowing.”

Notre Dame beat Maya Moore and Connecticut 72-63 in the national semifinals last season, then defeated the Huskies twice this year in Big East play. But UConn beat the Irish 63-54 in the Big East tournament final.

Diggins said the Irish are eager to make up for the loss to Texas A&M in the national championship last year.

“I think it is great incentive for us to have lost,” said Diggins, who averages a team-best 16.7 points per game. “This has been on our mind for a year now … It’s kind of bittersweet because we’re at the end of the season with our seniors, but that just gives us more incentive.”

Sunday’s game will be the eighth matchup between Notre Dame and UConn in the past two seasons.

“I think it’s hard beating them once,” Diggins said following a light workout on Thursday. “There’s no Maya Moore, but I don’t think we’re a favorite. They’re a very good team and we’ve got to execute.”

The Irish and McGraw won their lone national title in 2001 with a 68-66 victory against Purdue. They advanced to this year’s Final Four with an 80-49 victory against Maryland in the Raleigh Regional on Tuesday.

“Going to the Final Four (last year) I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Diggins said. “Now it’s a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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