Weekend college roundup, baseball: USM, Farmingdale State split twinbill

Posted March 16, 2013, at 4:08 p.m.
Last modified March 17, 2013, at 10 p.m.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Freshman Sam Dexter notched his first collegiate hit, a two-out RBI single, to left-center field in the top of the seventh inning to score senior Anthony Pisani and propel the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 win over the Farmingdale State College Rams at the Farmingdale State Baseball Stadium Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Farmingdale junior James Powers and freshman Alex Weingarten combined to limit USM to just four hits as Farmingdale handed the Huskies their first loss of the season, 5-1.

USM is now 3-1.

USM’s only run came on Nick Grady’s RBI single in the first inning.

In Saturday’s game, with two outs in the top of the seventh, Pisani singled to center and sophomore Jake Glauser singled to move Pisani into scoring position. Dexter then singled to left center on a 1-2 pitch from Farmingdale senior Anthony Eilers to score Pisani and break the 1-1 tie.

Southern Maine junior left hander Logan Carman earned the win on the mound, going 6.2 innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven. Carman is now 2-0.

Eilers, who gave up five hits and one run while striking out three in 5.2 innings of relief work, was tagged with the loss and drops to 1-2 on the season.

Farmingdale took an early 1-0 lead when freshman Dalton McCarthy singled home sophomore Tom Rydzewski with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Huskies answered with a run in the top of the second to tie it at 1-1. Senior Chris Bernard walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by junior Matt Verrier.

Husson loses two

At Lakeland, Fla., Husson ended its trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with 6-1 and 8-3 losses to St. Nobert College.

In the first game, Brandon Gendreau drove in Husson’s lone run with a double in the seventh. Losing pitcher Pat McEwen went four innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out four.

In the second game, Pat Thibodeau, Josh Gaudette and Shawn Smith each had two hits for the Eagles with Thibodeau driving in two runs. Kyle Bishop got the loss. Husson is now 2-5 heading into a twinbill on March 23 against UMaine-Presque Isle in Bangor.

Softball

Maine loses three games

At Clearwater, Fla., the University of Maine softball team dropped its Florida trip finale to Colgate 5-3 on Sunday morning as its record dipped to 3-25 entering its America East opening series next weekend.

Colgate started the scoring early as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

Jessica Burk, Katlin Norton, and Makaila Kowalsky each RBI singles for the Black Bears.

Alexis Bogdanovich took the loss for Maine after going 2 2/3 innings while giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Beth Spoehr was sharp in relief as she tossed four innings of one hit shutout ball.

On Saturday Maine lost to Rutgers 2-0 and to Liberty 4-3.

Rutgers took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second innings in the first game. Loren Williams led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run.

Losing pitcher Kylie Sparks went six innings while giving up two runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts and no walks.

Maine’s EmJ Fogel and Jean Stevens each extended their hitting streaks to four straight with single hits for the Black Bears.

In the second game, Maine took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but Liberty rallied for four runs in the inning to notch the win.

Jean Stevens paced Maine with a solo home run in the sixth. The Bears scored two runs in the fourth on Jean Stevens’ two-run double.

Hannah Hill went six innings for Maine while giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits with three strikeouts. Bogdanovich went two-thirds of an inning while giving up a run and one hit.

U-New England drops two

At Cape Coral, Fla., Polytechnic University scored three times in the fifth inning and once more in the sixth before having to hold on for a 4-2 decision over the University of New England on Saturday in the Cape Coral Sports Complex at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Softball Classic.

UNE dropped its opener in the first game of the classic, 13-9 to SUNY Brockport.

In the first game, Miranda Merilli went the distance for Polytechnic (1-2), striking out eight while surrendering seven hits and just one walk.

UNE first-year Amanda Vallante went 2-for-2 in the game to pace Big Blue. Sophomore Adrienne Chase had a two-out RBI double in the last half of the second, and later scored, courtesy of Vallante.

Rookie pitcher Chelsea Damon threw 6 1/3 innings for the Nor’easters, fanning two.

In the first game, Brockport scored all of its runs in the first three innings and then held off a late charge by UNE.

Julie Arnold and Sarah Rosenbarker combined for five hits and eight RBI to lead Brockport. Emily Dumas and Brianna Ferchen each had multiple hits and scored twice, and Emily Kolenda crossed the plate three times.

For UNE, Chase went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Chase got Big Blue on the board in the top of the third inning with a deep blast over the fence in left center, scoring junior Jessica Potter (Crown Point, N.Y.).

Bates swept

At Clermont, Fla., the Bates softball team finished its season-opening trip to Florida with a 3-3 record, after dropping both of its games on Saturday: an 8-3 loss to Bethany (W.V.) College, followed by a 6-2 defeat to UMass-Boston.

Bethany (3-2) scored one run in the first, took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, and scored four more in the fifth for a commanding 7-1 lead. Bates closed the gap to 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth when senior Mary Lewis stole home plate. The Bison added another run to their lead in the seventh, and Bates mustered just one run in the bottom of the inning before the final out.

Senior AnnaMarie Martino went 2-for-2 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base, while Lewis was 1-for-4 with a run and two steals. Senior Caroline Gattuso was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Sophomore Kelsey Freedman pitched four innings in the game and allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Gattuso pitched three innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

Against UMass-Boston (2-0), Bates tied it up with runs in the second and third. Lewis led off the third with a bunt single, followed by a stolen base and the eventual run on Gattuso’s RBI groundout. But the Beacons broke out with three runs in the bottom of the third to chase sophomore starter Brenna Callahan. Freedman took over after Erika Vecchiet’s RBI triple, and allowed Vecchiet to score on a wild pitch before ending the inning.

Men’s Lacrosse

USM 16, MMA 7

At Gorham, senior Kyle Baker scored a game-high four goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s lacrosse team to a 16-7 victory over the visiting Maine Maritime Academy Mariners Saturday.

The win was the first of the season for the Huskies after three straight defeats to open the season. The Mariners dropped their fourth straight game and remain winless on the season.

Baker also added an assist to have a game-high five points. Senior Mark White had two goals and two assists, and classmate Steve Ribero chipped in two goals and one assist. Seniors Ryan Foley and Mike Orlando and junior Dylan Kenney each contributed two goals.

Senior goalie Ryan Hatch made eight saves in the USM cage to earn his first win of the season.

Senior Alex Hermes led the Mariners scoring three goals and won 12 of 17 faceoffs. Sophomore Bronson Guimond produced a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Erik Milles recorded eight saves.

Thomas 13, UMF 2

At Waterville, Thomas was able to secure its first victory of the season.

The Terriers kicked off the game with three goals in the first quarter, while adding another in the second before Farmington was able to get on the board. At halftime Thomas had a comfortable 5-2 cushion, with Bryan Ferris connecting for two and an assist in the opening half.

Jordan Marino led the Terrier attack with three goals and two assists. Senior Jesse Morkeski registered eight saves.

UMF’s goals came from TC Peters and Jake Linkletter, while netminder Ben Altmaier made eight saves in the loss.

Women’s Lacrosse

Regis 12, UMF 11

At Weston, Mass., Regis College freshman midfielder Samantha Salamone scored the go-ahead goal with 2:50 remaining in regulation, and the Pride women’s lacrosse team was able to hold on for a 12-11 win over University of Maine-Farmington on Sunday afternoon.

Salamone and sophomore attacker Grace Politis scored four goals apiece to lead the Pride, who improve to 3-2. Maddi Kadnar and Mara Balboni combined for 10 points, but UMaine-Farmington dropped to 1-2 overall.

After a Lyndsey Grundy goal put the visitors ahead early, Politis set up Andrea Barbosa with a pass on the goal line, and she was able to beat goalkeeper Hannah Goodenow one-on-one to tie things up, 1-1.

After trading goals throughout the first half, the Pride found themselves down 5-3 after Balboni scored her second goal of the day in a play that saw the freshman midfielder make a spin move in the box after a restart and beat goalkeeper Emma Decker top shelf.

Politis’ second goal of the half cut the deficit to one goal, and Katie Haidemenos tied it up again, 5-5 less than two minutes later. Haidemenos received a beautiful pass in front on a fast break by and took a bounce shot that found its way into the back of the net.

Balboni was able to strike again with just over a minute remaining in the half, and Farmington entered halftime with a slight 6-5 edge.

After the break, Salamone scored unassisted and Politis scored on a free position shot for back-to-back goals, as the Pride took their first lead of the day, 7-6. The Beavers responded with back-to-back goals of their own to retake the lead after Ayla Allen scored on a free position shot and Kadnar collected and finished a Balboni pass at the 21:26 mark.

Over the next eight minutes, Regis would go on to score three more goals, coming from Salamone, sophomore Sashae Walls and Politis, for their largest lead of the game, 10-8. But once again, the Beavers were able to respond with goals from Allen and Molly Carbin to even things up, 10-10.

Salamone and Grundy each scored for her third time of the day for the game’s next two goals, and the two teams were tied 11-11 with just under four minutes remaining in regulation.

After receiving a screen from Politis, Salamone was able to score on a one-on-one play with 2:50 left, which proved to be the eventual game-winner. Decker, who finished with 19 saves, made perhaps her biggest of the day when she stopped a free position shot with under two minutes to preserve the lead.

Salamone also finished with five draw controls and a game-high 10 ground balls to go along with her four goals and two assists, while Goodenow registered 13 saves, and Allen and Emma Daniel scooped up eight ground balls each for the Beavers.

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