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Tuesday’s college roundup, baseball: USM 9, Bowdoin 4


GORHAM, Maine — Senior Nick Grady and junior Troy Thibodeau each had two hits and scored two runs, and freshman right-hander Shyler Scates tossed six innings to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies past the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 9-4 in a non-conference game at USM Baseball Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

The Huskies have now won five straight and improve to 30-6 overall. It is the 13th 30-win season in the program’s history, all coming under veteran head coach Ed Flaherty. Bowdoin has now lost three of its last four after a 12-game winning streak, and drops to 22-12.

Grady led the Huskies’ 10-hit attack with two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Thibodeau hit his second home run of the season and to record his 10th multiple-hit game of the season. Junior Matt Verrier hit his third home run of the season in the eighth. Freshman Sam Dexter also had two hits.

Scates, the first of four Southern Maine hurlers, improved to 3-1, giving up two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out two.

Junior Kyle LeBlanc, sophomore Erik Jacobsen and freshman Chris Nadeau each had two hits to lead the Polar Bears. Bowdoin senior right-hander Henry Van Zant pitched seven innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three to take the loss. Van Zant drops to 5-2 on the season.

The Huskies jumped on Van Zant for three runs in the first inning to take the lead.

Colby sweeps UMF

FARMINGTON, Maine – Colby College rallied to win game one and held off a University of Maine at Farmington rally in game two, sweeping the Beavers 2-1 and 10-6 in a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Hippach Field.

UMaine-Farmington fell to 9-22 overall with the losses on its senior day, while Colby improved to 11-20 overall with the victories.

The Beavers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one when senior Brian Jenkins reached on a one-out single, and scored on Colin Mello’s double to left-center.

Colby pulled in front with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Tim Corey hit a home run just inside the foul pole of Hippach Field’s 265-foot short porch in right field, and Alec Finigan followed up with a double. Finigan was bunted over to second, and crossed with the game-winning run on Tyler Starks’ single through the right side.

Colby starter Ian Bezahler got the win after scattering seven Farmington hits while allowing one run with five strikeouts, while Nelson earned the save.

UMF senior Casey Ashey turned in a strong performance in his final outing, allowing just seven hits – three of which were in the two-run sixth – with five strikeouts in the complete game loss.

In game two, Colby broke a one-run game wide open with five runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 9-3 lead.

UMF got three runs back in the home half of the fifth thanks to on an RBI double by Matt Woodbury and singles from Zach Keene and Ben Keene – all with one out. Colby reliever Daniel Csaplar induced a line out to third and a groundout to shortstop, getting the Mules out of the bases loaded jam.

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