Maine college roundup, baseball: Husson 4, Keene State 2 (9 inns.)

Posted March 14, 2013, at 7:51 p.m.
Last modified March 14, 2013, at 11:10 p.m.

AVON PARK, Fla. — The Husson University baseball team defeated Keene State College in 9 innings Thursday afternoon by a score of 4-2.

The Eagles scored 1 run in the bottom of the 1st inning and 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, never relinquishing the lead.

Dennis O’Neil (Mount Desert, Maine) earned the win for the Eagles pitching 8 innings, striking out 4 batters while Shawn Smith (Winterport, Maine) earned the save going 1 inning, striking out 2 batters.

Smith not only assisted on the mound but in the batters box going 3-4 on the day, including one double and driving in 2 runs for the Eagles.

Dylan Foster (Oakland, Maine) had the other double on the afternoon for Husson, scoring one run on the day, and drawing a walk. Jordan Carter (Ellsworth, Maine) had 2 RBI, on two hits.

Defensively the Eagles saw 3 double plays turned each by Brandon Gendreau (Brewer, Maine) and Benjamin McLain (Pemaquid, Maine), and 2 double plays turned by Cody McInnis (Bangor, Maine).

Daniel Osorio got the loss for Keene State, giving up 3 runs and 4 walks in 2 innings. Greg Bates went 2-4 on the afternoon, including a double. Brett Dootson also went 2-4, adding a double and an RBI.

The Eagles are now 2-3 overall this season, and will play a doubleheader against St. Norbert College of De Pere, Wisconsin, tomorrow Friday, March 15th at 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. in their final games of the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational.

Webster 5, Saint Joseph’s 0

ELOISE, Fla. – Webster University (5-5) blanked #9 Saint Joseph’s College (6-1), 5-0, in a RussMatt Central Florida Invitational contest on Thursday afternoon.

All five of the Gorloks’ runs were unearned as the Monks committed five errors in the team’s first loss of the 2013 season. Hard-luck starting pitcher Tyler Laverriere (Biddeford, Maine) suffered the setback after allowing five runs off six hits and four walks with five strikeouts in the loss to Webster, a team that was ranked 10th in the 2013 NCBWA/D3baseball.com Preseason Poll after going 36-14 overall and advancing to the NCAA DIII World Series in 2012.

For Saint Joseph’s, senior first baseman Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.) was 2-4 and senior second sacker Brandon Chase (Naples, Maine) went 2-3 in the losing effort. Senior shortstop David Nieves (York, Maine) posted his first hit with the Monks – a single through the left side in the top of the third – and freshman Tim Beaudette (Uxbridge, Mass.) added his first NCAA hit – an infield single in the eighth – in the loss.

Sophomore lefthander Dan Meeken (Marshfield, Mass.) fanned one batter in a perfect inning of relief. Saint Joseph’s stranded 10 baserunners on the afternoon.

For Webster, senior pitcher Cody Hafeli (Marian, Ill.) allowed seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts in a complete-game victory. Senior center fielder Cody Stevenson (Salem, Ill.) went 2-3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases and junior left fielder Corey Lasky (Vernon Hills, Ill.) was 2-4 with a run and an RBI for the Gorloks.

Webster plated a pair in the first off two hits and a Saint Joseph’s error. Lasky plated Stevenson with a single and later scored on a Ryan Hall (Chesterfield, Mo.) groundout to third base to lift the Gorloks to a 2-0 lead.

The Gorloks doubled their advantage in the fifth with the help of two SJC miscues, as Mitchell Bonds (Decatur, Ill.) and Stevenson crossed the plate with unearned runs to make it a 4-0 game.

Stevenson scored his third run of the contest in the seventh when he led off with a walk, stole second and scored on the Monks’ second double play of the afternoon to cap the game scoring.

Saint Joseph’s threatened late as the Royal Blue had the bases loaded with two out in the top of the ninth, but Hafeli fanned freshman outfielder Taylor Reuillard (Biddeford, Maine) to end the threat and the contest.

Keene State 4, Bowdoin 3 (11 inns.)

AVON PARK, Fla. — The Bowdoin College baseball team dropped its first game of the spring, 4-3, in 11 innings to Keene State on Thursday afternoon.

The Polar Bears fall to 4-1 on the season while the Owls improve to 5-7 on the year.

Bowdoin took a 3-0 lead in the third frame when Kyle LeBlanc scored on a passed ball, John Lefeber brought home Duncan Taylor with a sac fly and Dan Findley came home on an error. Keene rallied to knot the game with single runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings, tying the contest on a passed ball in the eighth frame that forced extra innings.

Keene then plated the game-winning run in the 11th on an error to take the 4-3 win.

The loss spoiled another quality start by a Bowdoin pitcher as Erik Jacobsen went 7.0 innings, permitting two earned runs and striking out six in a no-decision. Lefeber went 3.1 innings in relief to take the loss.

Kyle LeBlanc reached base four times, including three hits and a walk. He doubled and also had a stolen base. Dan Findley had two hits for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to action with a doubleheader on Friday against MCLA.

Softball

Saint Joseph’s splits two games

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Saint Joseph’s College (6-2) split a pair of contests in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic on Thursday morning. The Monks posted a 7-1 victory over Albright College (PA) (0-7) and closed the day’s action with a 3-1 setback at the hands of Bethany Lutheran College (MN) (6-6).

Against Albright, Saint Joseph’s scored all the runs the team needed in the top of the first when junior shortstop Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) plated senior center fielder Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) with a double and later scored on a Heather Tripp (Lovell, Maine) two-bagger.

The Lions answered with a run in the bottom of the opening inning, as Kiersten Gilfoy (Aston, Pa.) reached on an outfield error and later scored on another Saint Joseph’s miscue to cut the Monks’ cushion down to 2-1 after one frame.

In the top of the second, the Monks proceeded to score twice off three hits and an Albright error, all with two out. Sophomore third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) ignited the two-run inning with a double to center and scored when the following batter, Shufelt, reached on an error. Shufelt promptly stole second to move into scoring position and scored on a Connie Grovo (Limington, Maine) single through the right side to make it a 4-1 game.

Saint Joseph’s went on to cap the game scoring with three runs off three hits in the top of the fourth. The frame began with the same blueprint as the first inning: Shufelt reached on a bunt single, moved to second when Grovo laid down a sac bunt, and scored on a Moore double. Junior left fielder Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) knocked in Moore with a two-base hit of her own and, after scampering to third on a wild pitch, scored the game’s final run on a Tripp sac fly to center.

Although the SJC offense put up seven runs off seven hits, the story of the contest should be the effort posted by freshman pitcher Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.), who allowed one unearned run off six hits and three walks with eight K’s in her first NCAA start.

Offensively for St. Joe’s, Moore continued to swing a hot bat and was 3-4 with two runs, two doubles and a pair of RBI, Shufelt went 3-4 with three runs scored and Tripp added two hits in three trips with a two-bagger and two runs batted in.

Albright starter Lacey Porzuc (Burlington Twp., N.J.) took the loss after yielding seven runs off 11 hits with a pair of K’s in 3.1 innings. Allie Frank (Malvern, Pa.) entered the game in the fourth and fanned six over 3.2 innings of relief.

In the closing contest of the day, the Monks ran into a buzz saw in Bethany Lutheran junior pitcher Nicole Starkson (Mankato, Minn.), who allowed just four hits with nine strikeouts in a complete-game victory.

After allowing a run in the first, Saint Joseph’s senior hurler Kayla Vannah (Waldoboro, Maine) matched her counterpart for the following five frames before giving up a pair in the top of the seventh to fall to 1-2 on the young season.

The Vikings got on the board in the first with the help of some good old fashioned small ball. Chester led off with a walk, moved to second on an Aimie Wiechmann (Plymouth, Minn.) sacrifice bunt, raced to second on an Ashley Jensen (Delano, Minn.) groundout to the right side and scored when Amanna Berthusen (Marshalltown, Iowa) singled through the left side to make it a 1-0 game.

Saint Joseph’s knotted the contest at one-apiece in the third when Shufelt singled, stole second and scored on yet another Moore double.

From this point forward, neither team would record a base hit until the top of the seventh when Bethany Lutheran rapped three hits en route to scoring a pair of runs. With one out, Starkson helped her cause with a double to center and promptly scored when the very next batter, Kelsey Pekarna (Jordan, Minn.), belted a two-base hit to left. Two batters later, Angela Timm (Wood Lake, Minn.) singled through the left side to plate Pekarna and lift the Vikings to a 3-1 lead.

Starkson yielded a pair of groundouts and a fly-out in the bottom of the inning to collect the victory.

Shufelt went 2-3 with a run and a pair of stolen bases and was the Monks’ lone repeat-hitter in the losing effort. Starkson went 2-3 with a run and a double for the Vikings.

In the circle, Vannah allowed three runs off five hits and one walk and fanned a pair of Vikings in the contest, which required just one hour to complete.

Saint Joseph’s concludes the 2013 Spring Trip with games against Franklin & Marshall University (9 a.m.) and Polytechnic (NY) (11 a.m.) on Friday.

Bates splits two games

CLERMONT, Fla. — Junior Alayna Garbarino’s double drove home sophomore Molly Brown with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Bates softball team opened the 2013 season with a 6-5 win over Lesley University Thursday morning at the National Training Center Tournament.

The Bobcats played again Thursday afternoon, this time coming up on the short end of a one-run game, in a 4-3 loss to Salve Regina.

Garbarino (Reading, Mass.) drove in two runs and scored another in the win over Lesley, while sophomore pitcher Brenna Callahanprovided heroics from the circle. Callahan (Milton, Mass.) threw six scoreless innings in relief of fellow sophomore Kelsey Freedman(Falmouth, Maine) to earn the win. Callahan gave up only two hits in the performance. Freedman went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits with six strikeouts.

Senior Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) went 3-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and two stolen bases to pace Bates’ offense. Senior AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.) went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, while senior Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) had a big game at the plate in her first game for the Bobcats since 2011, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) scored two runs in her softball debut.

Lesley starter Jordan Thomas lasted five innings, allowing five runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Jennifer Dorval took over and went the last five, allowing only Brown’s game-winning run in addition to five hits, with four strikeouts. Jodee Doka (2-for-4, triple, two runs, two RBIs) and Sarah Apgar (2-for-4, RBI) led the Lynx offensively.

In the loss to Salve Regina, Seahawks pitcher Jen Cruver’s complete game paved the way to victory. Cruver allowed Bates three runs on seven hits and struck out seven batters to outduel Gattuso, who allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in six innings.

Lewis had another multiple hit game against Salve, going 2-for-3 in addition to a walk, scoring one run and stealing two bases. Freedman was 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. First-years Alex Eliopoulos (Akron, Ohio) and Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) pitched in as well: Eliopoulos went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while Lockhart hit a triple and drove in two runs.

Bates faces Westfield State (1pm) and Becker (3pm) on Friday in Clermont.

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