GORHAM — Nick Douglass pitched 4 2/3 innings of two-hit scoreless relief to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies stay alive on the second day of the Little East Conference Baseball Championship with a 5-2 victory over UMass Boston Thursday.
The lefthander from Poland (4-1) struck out 10 and walked four in support of starter Ben Ives.
Top seed Southern Maine (24-17) next plays Friday against an opponent to be determined.
The Huskies trailed 2-0 when they scored three runs in the sixth inning. Matt Powers plated two runs with a two-out, bad-hop single after an error allowed the first run to score.
USM added two runs in the seventh on Brett Barrett’s two-run single.
Tucker White led the winners with a double and two singles, Nick Grady doubled and singled and Matt Verrier added two singles.
Collin Keefer doubled and singled with an RBI for fifth-seeded UMass Boston (18-22-1), which was eliminated. Matt Consiglio added two singles behind losing pitcher Michael Broughton.
Keene 4, St. Joseph’s 2
At Amherst, Mass., Emily Albin fired a four-hitter to help the Owls edge the Monks in the first round of the NCAA Division III New England Regional.
Saint Joseph’s of Standish (33-8) plays Keuka in a 1 p.m. elimination game on Friday.
Albin (12-4) struck out six and walked three for Keene State (26-10-1). Nicole Dupuis hit a sacrifice fly during the Owls’ two-run third inning and belted a two-run home run in the fifth to provide the winning margin.
Katie Bradford singled twice for the winners.
Emily Leverone paced Saint Joseph’s with a two-run homer in the third. Kim Jordan Tripled and Theresa Hendrix doubled for the Monks to support losing pitcher Maddie Kluna (11-5), who allowed six hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts.