Tuesday’s college roundup, baseball: USM sweeps Thomas

Posted March 26, 2013, at 9:26 p.m.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team picked up a pair of wins Tuesday sweeping the Thomas College Terriers in a non-conference doubleheader, 10-1 and 19-12.

In the first game, junior left-hander Logan Carman picked up his fourth win of the season with relief help from freshmen Ryan Browner and Sean Murphy. In the nightcap, the Huskies raced out to a 15-1 lead, then held off the Terriers who rallied to get within three (15-12) before the Huskies put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning.

The sweep runs the Huskies winning streak to three games and improves their overall record to 9-3. The Terriers remain winless after four games.

Carman went four innings allowing four hits, one run and one walk while striking out three. Browner and Murphy combined for three innings of shutout relief.

Senior John Carey paced the Huskies’ attack going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Seniors Tucker White and Anthony Pisani had two hits apiece.

Senior Cody Vigue was the lone repeat hitter for the Terriers. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tim Locke went 3.2 innings and was tagged with the loss.

In the nightcap, the Huskies pounded out 22 hits against four Terriers hurlers en route to scoring a season high 19 runs. Senior Nick Grady led the assault going 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Junior Troy Thibodeau was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Thibodeau was also credited with the win on the mound hurling 2.1 shutout innings with three strikeouts.

Down 15-1, the Terriers rallied for four runs in the third, two more in the fourth and four in the fifth inning to close within three runs. Freshman Dillon Emerson highlighted the five-run third inning rally with a bases-loaded double that plated three runs. Senior Thomas Cameron had an RBI single in the fourth, and a two-run single in the fifth.

Grady ignited a four-run outburst in the sixth inning with a solo home run to give the Huskies some insurance. Thibodeau finished off the rally with a two-run homer.

Vigue and senior Jeff Richardson had three hits in the second game for the Terriers. Cameron finished with two hits and three RBI. Junior left-hander James McLamb started on the hill and was saddled with the loss.

Colby sweeps Fontbonne

AUBURNDALE, Fla. —- Alec Finigan kept up his hot hitting with a pair of doubles and a triple to lead the Colby College baseball team to a 16-1 win over Fontbonne in the first game and the Mules had five extra-base hits in the nightcap in an 8-6 win in eight innings on Tuesday in Florida.

The Mules move to 5-1 overall and will have the next two days off before playing a doubleheader with Thomas College on Friday at noon in Florida.

Finigan had the three hits and drove in three runs, while Luke Duncklee doubled for the Mules.

Colby first-year Soren Hanson earned his first collegiate victory in the opener, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking none.

In the second game, Fontbonne scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 6-6. John Schroeder, though, had a one-out triple for Colby and scored on a single by Tyler Starks. Nathan Ellis later singled in Starks for an insurance run.

Dan Csaplar, another first-year pitcher, entered the game in relief in the seventh inning and struck out four to earn his first collegiate win.

Jason Buco finished with three hits for the Mules in the second contest. Ellis, Nils Carlson, and Schroeder all had a pair of hits. Meanwhile, Peter McAuliffe drove in two runs.

Softball

WNEC sweeps UNE

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Samantha Mulhern had five hits and a total of eight runs batted in to lead the Western New England University Golden Bears to a sweep (7-2, 7-3) of the University of New England in a mutual Commonwealth Coast Conference softball opener Tuesday afternoon at Golden Bear Softball Stadium.

The twinbill was the first set of action for each team since returning from their respective Spring Break trips last week. Both teams now stand at 6-6 on the season.

In the opener, Mulhern finished a home run shy of the cycle, driving home a pair of runs with a double in the second, two more with a single in the fourth, and completing her six-RBI game by plating a pair in the sixth with a triple.

Lauren Zambrano improved her record to 5-3 by working her way around six hits with just one walk. Grace Kucharski and Alexis Bukowski had two hits apiece for Western New England, which featured an 11-hit attack.

All of UNE’s offense came in the third frame when Adrienne Chase and Erin Grover provided run-scoring singles. Lauren Doneski (2-1) was charged with the loss in the circle. She went 5.2 innings, allowing all 11 of WNE’s hits and surrendering five earned runs.

As was the case with Game 1, the Golden Bears jumped out quickly in the nightcap, establishing a 3-0 after two innings. UNE fought back to within one (3-2) on run-scoring singles by Grover and Amanda Vaudreuil in the top of fourth, but Western New England pulled away with four runs in the home half of the inning. The big hit in the decisive frame was a three-run homer to left-center by Hannah Hill.

Kirstyn Tracey plated UNE’s final run in the sixth with a run-scoring groundout.

Hill, Kucharski, Mulhern and Maria Francese accounted for nine of the Golden Bears’ 12 hits. Pitcher Leah Torre (1-3) earned her first victory of the season, scattering eight hits in five innings of work. Heidi Greiger worked the final two innings.

Abby Lambert (2-3) took the loss for UNE, allowing nine hits and six earned runs over four innings. Chelsea Damon came on to pitch the last two for the Nor’easters, who received three hits from Vaudreuil and two from Allie Frazier.

Men’s Lacrosse

Colby 18, St. Joseph’s 0

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Greg McKillop went over 100 career points and Garth Franklin finished with four goals and one assist to lead the Colby College men’s lacrosse team to an 18-0 victory over St. Joseph’s College in non-conference play Tuesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

McKillop, who had two goals and two assists Tuesday, now has 43 goals and 59 assists for 102 career points. He joins teammates Ian Deveau and John Jennings to give Colby (3-2 overall) three players with 100 career points or more.

Kris Molinaro added three goals and one assist for Colby, which had a 50-17 shot advantage. John Alex Rutan also scored three goals, while Mark Phillips scored his first two collegiate goals and added an assist. John Grimaldi also had his first collegiate goal and chipped in with two assists. Whit Harwood, Jr. and Keith Fairbrother both had one goal and one assist, Chip Grossman had one score, and lone assists went Billy Polk and James Wyse. Polk earned his first collegiate point.

Max Eberhart won 17-of-21 face-offs and had a game-high seven ground balls. Peter Willauer added six ground balls and Bjorn Knutson had five ground balls and one caused turnover. Phillips and Thomas Brewster both had three ground balls.

Peter Reiley made one save in the first half for Colby in earning his third win. Tyler Will played the third quarter and stopped five shots, while Dylan Rothenberg saw his first collegiate action and stopped three shots.

Dominic Cesarini led the Monks with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Bert Comins added two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Grimaldi, Harwood, Jr., Rutan, Franklin, and Grossman scored in the first half to give the Mules a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes. McKillop and Franklin both scored twice in the second quarter and Franklin had his second goal of the game for a 10-0 margin at halftime.

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