Wednesday’s Maine college roundup, baseball: USM 7, Wis.-Whitewater 1

Posted March 27, 2013, at 9:24 p.m.
Last modified March 27, 2013, at 10:40 p.m.

AUBURNDALE, Florida — Senior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) pitched 7.2 innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out five to earn the win and lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team over the No. 21 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, 7-1, at Lake Myrtle Park Wednesday afternoon.

The win was the fourth straight for the Huskies as they improve to 10-3 overall. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Warhawks, ranked 21st in this week’s ABCA poll, as they drop to 7-3 overall.

Yates improves to 1-0 on the year. Sophomore right-handerAndrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) came on for Yates with two outs in the eighth and got the final four UWW batters to ground out to finish the game. UW-Whitewater senior right-hander Tom Kerndt (Lansing, Iowa), who went seven innings giving up seven runs on 10 hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 2-1 on the season.

Junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead Southern Maine at the plate. Four other Huskies tallied two hits on the day. FreshmanSam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, and senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood) was 2-for-5 with an RBI double.

UWW was led by senior Steve Bartlein (South Milwaukee, Wis.) who went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, and junior Dylan Friend(Burlington, Wis.) who singled and scored a run. Seniors Samuel Keller, Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside), David Clodis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), junior Michael Gonzalez (Delavan, Wis./Delavan-Darien), and sophomore Mikole Pierce (DePere, Wis.) also had hits for Whitewater.

Making just his second appearance of the spring, Yates did not allow a Whitewater batter past first base until the fourth inning when Friend singled and scored two batters later on an RBI single from Bartlein. After Friend scored, Yates didn’t allow another Whitewater runner past first base before being relieved by Richards in the eighth.

The Huskies wasted no time getting a run across as Dexter reached on a Whitewater error to open the Huskies first inning, stole second and scored on White’s RBI double. The Huskies tacked on three more in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead. An RBI single by Dexter and a sacrifice fly to right field by sophomoreJake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) highlighted the inning.

In the fifth, Grady singled and scored on a two-out error by Whitewater, giving Yates and the Huskies a 5-1 lead. Southern Maine tacked on two more runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Verrier and a sacrifice off the bat of senior Anthony Pisani(Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) that scored Verrier and gave the Huskies a 7-1 cushion.

The game concludes the Huskies’ nine-game spring trip. They return to action in a non-conference game at Endicott College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.). The Huskies’ scheduled Little East Conference opening doubleheader at Western Connecticut State University on Saturday has been postponed due to unplayable conditions at WCSU. The Warhawks also concluded their spring to Florida, and return to the field for a home doubleheader against Ripon College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

Endicott 4, Saint Joseph’s 2

BEVERLY, Mass. – Saint Joseph’s (7-3) suffered a 4-2 loss at the hands of Endicott College (6-4) in a non-conference baseball contest on Wednesday afternoon. Senior left fielder Sam Butts (Saco, Maine) went 3-4 with two runs and a solo home run in the losing effort.

Saint Joseph’s, ranked 11th in the nation in the latest NCBWA/D3baseball.com Weekly Poll, held a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and a 2-1 edge going into the bottom of the fourth, but Endicott plated three runs off four hits in the fourth frame and held on to defeat the Monks by a 4-2 score.

Gull senior starter Tyler Hitchcock (Abington, Mass.) was strong in the victory, allowing just one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts over 7.1 innings to improve to 2-0 on the season. Senior Kevin Dupras (Belchertown, Mass.) closed out the contest and allowed two hits over 1.2 frames of relief to claim his first save of the season.

Monks senior Chad Rafferty (Keene, N.H.) suffered the loss after yielding four runs off nine hits and three walks with four K’s in seven innings. The loss is just the second setback of Rafferty’s college career and first since falling to Curry College by the same score on March 13th, 2011.

Offensively for the Monks, sophomore catcher Nic Lops (South Portland, Maine/Cheverus) was 2-4 while junior first baseman Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomore designated hitter Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.) both doubled in the loss.

Senior first baseman Brett Holmgren (Middleboro, Mass.) led the Gulls offensively by going 3-4 with a triple and an RBI and senior designated hitter Eric Lemke (Southington, Conn.) went 2-2 with a run, a double, a triple and two RBI on the afternoon.

The outlook was promising in the early going for the Monks, who had not played outdoors in nearly two weeks. Butts led off the contest with a single to right field and later scored when Coyne belted a two-out double to right center, providing the visitors with 1-0 lead.

The Gulls immediately answered with a run in the bottom of the first to knot the game at one-apiece. Junior center fielder Tad Gold (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.) singled up the middle, stole second and sprinted home when Holmgren singled up the box.

The deadlock did not last long, as Butts stepped up to the plate with one out in the top of the third and launched a solo blast to deep right field to lift the Royal Blue to a 2-1 advantage.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Colin Sitarz (W. Hartford, Conn.) singled and EJ Martinez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) walked, setting the stage for Lemke, who slapped a triple down the right field line to plate both runners for the Gulls. The next batter, senior Ralph Fidaleo (Fairfield, Conn.), blooped a single to right that blew in from foul territory and landed just fair, allowing Lemke to cross the plate for the Gulls’ fourth run of the afternoon.

St. Joe’s had two runners on base in the sixth and eighth innings and Pratt led off the top of the ninth with a double to center, but the Monks could not produce the big hit in the losing bid.

With the result, Saint Joseph’s falls to 10-4 in the history of the series with Endicott College. Prior to this afternoon, the Monks had defeated the Gulls in four-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2006 season.

Endicott has now defeated three 2012 NCAA DIII New England Regional Tournament participants this spring. The Gulls toppled Bowdoin College (11-3) and Trinity College (6-3) in Auburndale, Florida last week.

Endicott continues its home-stand this Friday afternoon with a 3:30 pm nine-inning game against the Engineers of MIT.

Women’s Lacrosse

Colby 13, Hamilton 9

CLERMONT, Fla. —- Kate Pistel and Katharine Eddy both had five points on the day and the sixth-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team scored the final four goals of the game to earn a 13-9 win over Hamilton College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Wednesday in Florida.

The Mules move to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference heading into Saturday’s league road game at Connecticut College at noon. Hamilton, ranked 14th nationally, fell to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

Pistel finished with a game-high four goals and added an assist, while Eddy had three goals and two assists. The two players combined to go 5-for-5 in free-position shots and the Mules were 6-for-8 for the game. Pistel (11 goals, 5 assists) and Eddy (5 goals, team-high 11 assists) share the team lead in points with 16.

Katie Griffin continues to play well for the Mules, adding three more goals to lift her season total to nine. Lindsey McKenna, Alex Mintz, and Hilary Barr also tallied for Colby. Sarah Lux dished two assists and Dana Swaffield had one assist.

The Continentals tied the game at 9-9 with 13:42 to play on a goal by Kathryn Maiorano, but Colby’s defense held Hamilton without a goal the rest of the way. Kirsten Karis had two ground balls, one caused turnover, and one draw control to lead the defense. Brittany Chin and Meg Mooney both had one caused turnover and one ground ball.

Lindsey McKenna scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season from Eddy for the game-winning goal with 10:40 to play. The Mules won the draw control and Griffin scored just nine seconds later off a pass from Swaffield for an 11-9 lead. Barr added a free-position goal with 9:05 to play and suddenly the Mules were up by three in a time span of 1:35. Pistel added an unassisted score with 7:39 for the final goal of the game.

Colby scored the opening two goals of the game on free-position shots by Eddy and Pistel in the first 2:15 of the contest. Hamilton, though, stormed back with four unanswered goals in the next nine minutes. Katie D’Antonio had two of her team-high three goals in the run.

Eddy had another free-position goal to cut the lead to 4-3 and Pistel followed with her second goal off an assist from Eddy with 16:44 left. The Continentals again went ahead by two goals thanks to scores by Margaret Gabriel (14:20 left) and Rachel Friedman (10:16). However, Colby tied the game at halftime when Griffin scored from Pistel with 2:42 remaining and Mintz had her goal from Lux with 1:13 to play.

Eddy gave the Mules the lead for the second time with another free-position score just 2:27 into the second half. The Continentals took the lead back on goals by D’Antonio and Friedman for an 8-7 margin with 22:37 to play. Colby tied the game at 8-8 on Grififn’s second goal off a pass from Lux with 18:36 remaining and then Pistel blasted home another free-position score for a 9-8 margin with 16:10 to play.

The Mules had a huge 18-6 margin draw controls, with McKenna and Swaffield leading the way with four apiece. Tess Petesch added three draw controls, while Barr and Lindsay McCabe both had two.

Claire Dickson entered the game at the start of the second half in goal and earned the victory with three stops. Michelle Burt also made three saves for Colby in the opening half.

UNE 17, Wentworth 6

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Junior Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) scored five times to lead a balanced University of New England attack as the Nor’easters recorded a 17-6 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s lacrosse victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a steady drizzle under the lights Wednesday (Mar. 27) at the Big Blue Turf.

Big Blue (3-4, 1-0 CCC) has now won its last three contests, while the Leopards drop to 1-3 overall (0-1 CCC).

Tavella — who converted all five of her shot attempts — was one of 10 UNE players to find the back of the cage. Sophomores Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) and Nikki Smith (Shapleigh, Maine), along with first-year Macki Hill (York Beach, Maine), added two scores apiece.

Junior Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.) tallied one goal, one assist, five draw controls, and two caused turnovers in support. Senior Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.) came off the UNE back line to score as well, and picked up a team-high four ground balls.

The Nor’easters won the draw control battle by a 15-9 margin, aided by another three from junior Cassidy Ruocco (Dover, N.H.).

For Wentworth, sophomore Jessica Houghton (Billerica, Mass.) had two goals to go with game-highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Classmate Alexandrea Banks (Ellington, Conn.) controlled a team-best five draws.

UNE notched the first seven goals of the contest, before Houghton got the visitors on the board midway through the 1st period. The hosts managed to extend the gap to 11-1 shortly after, and settled on a 12-4 cushion at halftime.

Big Blue out-shot the Leopards, 17-10, in the opening stanza. The match ended with just a difference of four (26-22) in the shots category.

Both squads continue CCC play on Saturday. The Nor’easters, who received three saves from first-year goalie Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.), entertain Roger Williams University at noon.

Wentworth, which got six saves out of first-year Hayley Patton (Cranston, R.I.), is back in Boston for a 11 a.m. date with Nichols College.

Men’s Lacrosse

New England Coll. 11, USM 8

GORHAM, Maine — New England College senior attack Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) scored a game-high four goals, including three in the second half, as the visiting Pilgrims overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 11-8, in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The win was the second straight for the Pilgrims and improves their overall record to 3-4. The Huskies had their three-game winning streak stopped and fall to 3-4.

Gillis finished the game with five points on four goals and one assist. Senior James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) added three scores, and junior Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta) chipped in with two. Junior Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario) contributed three assists. Sophomore goalie Cody Kitson (Shelton, Conn.) was credited with six saves.

For USM, seniors Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) andMark White (Oakville, Ontario) each had two goals and one assist. Classmate Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) shipped in with a goal and two assists. Senior goalie Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) made 12 saves.

Down 6-5 at the halftime intermission, the Pilgrims strung together six consecutive goals to take an 11-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Pilgrims’ defense, led by Kitson, held the Huskies without a goal in the third quarter.

Shute ignited the string of goals for NEC tying the game with 13:53 remaining in the third quarter. Gillis gave the Pilgrims the lead for good six and half minutes later with his second goal of the game. Senior Chris Collins (Murrieta, Calif.) added a man-up marker with 2:39 to go making it 8-6.

Senior Matt Goyette (Lowell, Mass.) kept the run of NEC goals going three minutes into the fourth quarter. Gillis closed out the NEC scoring with a pair of goals 31 seconds apart midway through the quarter.

USM tried to mount a late charge getting a man-up goal from Baker and an even-strength marker from junior Dylan Kenney(Portland, Maine) 16 seconds apart, but that was as close as USM would get.

NEC took a 3-1 lead in the opening quarter scoring three straight goals after spotting USM a 1-0 lead on Foley’s goal. Gillis, Putney and Shute had the NEC markers.

Southern Maine outscored NEC 5-2 in the second quarter to forge the 6-5 lead at halftime. Sophomore Kaleb Smith (West Gardiner, Maine) scored off a nice feed from classmate BurleighDesjardins (Brunswick, Maine). Foley potted a man-up goal to tie the game at 3-3, and White gave USM a short-lived 4-3 advantage.

Putney scored twice to restore the lead to NEC, but seniorSteve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) and White found the net in the final three minutes to give USM the advantage at the break.

Southern Maine opens Little East Conference play this weekend hosting Keene State College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). New England College will entertain Johnson State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a North Atlantic Conference match.

UNE 10, Wentworth 9

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Rookie Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) scored the game-winner with 0:58 remaining to provide the University of New England with a 10-9 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a mutual Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s lacrosse opener Wednesday (March 28) afternoon at the Big Blue Turf.

Winners of four consecutive matches, the Nor’easters improve to 6-2 (1-0 CCC). The Leopards suffered their first defeat to fall to 5-1 overall, 0-1 in conference play.

With the score tied at 9 in the closing moments, Cloutier maneuvered his way past a Wentworth defender on the right side and slipped a bouncing shot just inside the near post for his fourth goal of the afternoon.

UNE was assessed a penalty with 14 ticks on the clock, but the Leopards were unable to notch the equalizer with the man advantage.

Senior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) had a pair of goals for the Nor’easters to become the program’s career leader in goals scored with 125. He ripped home a shot from just inside the attack area with 8:07 remaining in the first quarter to eclipse the previous mark established by Sean Melnick in 2002.

Junior Dan O’Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) played a solid game for Big Blue, registering a pair of goals, five ground balls and going 8-for-12 on face-offs. Junior Mike Allan (Billerica, Mass.) also scored twice.

For Wentworth, junior Steve Glover (Marston Mills, Mass.), and sophomores Ryan Coakley (Flemington, N.J.) and Michael Cushera (Waltham, Mass.) scored two goals apiece. Coakley added two assists.

The game with tight the entire way, with neither team holding more than a two-goal advantage. The score was tied 2-2 after one period, 5-5 at the half, and 7-7 after three periods. In the deciding frame, Glover’s 20th goal of the year put the Leopards up, 8-7, before Cloutier evened the match for the home team with 13:16 left. Wentworth’s Coakley and UNE’s Allan traded scores four minutes apart, then the two teams went scoreless for nearly nine minutes, setting up Cloutier’s game-winner.

Senior Nick McMahon (Westfield, Mass.) was credited with a game-high seven ground balls for the Nor’easters, who received nine saves from senior Jay Letendre (Southington, Conn.) in goal. UNE led in shots (41-28), ground balls (38-25) and face-offs won (14-8).

Junior Jared Proulx (Nashua, N.H.) stopped 17 shots for Wentworth, which scored four man-up goals in six opportunities.

Both teams return to conference play this weekend. The Leopards host Nichols College at 2 p.m. and UNE entertains Roger Williams University in a 3 p.m. start.

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