College roundup, baseball: Husson, Thomas win NAC playoff games

Posted May 03, 2013, at 3:48 p.m.

CASTLETON, Vt. — Brandon Reilly scattered eight hits while only walking one and striking out five to lift the Husson University Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Colby-Sawyer College Chargers in the North Atlantic Conference four-team double elimination baseball tourney Friday.

Second-seeded Husson (19-6) advanced to a winners bracket game at noon Saturday against No. 4 Thomas College of Waterville (14-11), which upset No. 1 Castleton State (22-3) 12-6 in the first game.

Colby-Sawyer and Castleton will play an elimination game at 9 a.m.

In Friday’s second game, Reilly finished the day throwing 117 pitches, 78 of them for strikes, to earn the win.

Colby-Sawyer’s starter Kevin Keith allowed only six hits and one run while striking out four.

Husson scored its only run in the eighth on Shawn Smith’s RBI single to right field. Cody McInnis scored the winning run from second after he had singled and moved up a base on Pat Thibodeau’s single.

In the first game, Thomas struck early with a run in the first inning. Cody Vigue got on base after being hit by a pitch, and came around to score on a Castleton error, giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead.

The Spartans answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. After Tyler Lord reached on a walk and Ryan Zielinski singled, Connor Hoagland drove in a run with a sacrifice fly down the right field line, bringing in Lord to tie the game.

Thomas took the lead in the top of the second with an RBI groundout before the Spartans tied the game again in the bottom of the fourth. Curler ripped a single up the middle to bring home Dan Errico, making the score 2-2 after four innings.

In the next inning, Castleton took the lead when Hoagland drove in Lord with an RBI single down the third baseline. Castleton led 3-2 until the top of the next inning when the Terriers responded. Charves singled to left to bring home Erik Sucy, knotting the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth.

In the top of the eighth inning, Thomas broke the game open, putting up nine runs in the frame. The Terriers sent 15 men to the plate, ripping eight hits and capitalizing on one Castleton error. Beeson, Zack Groat, Charves, and Thomas Cameron each notched RBI singles and Cody Vigue ripped a two-run double to right field as part of a nine-run inning to go up 12-3.

USM, UMass Dartmouth split twinbill

GORHAM, Maine — The University of Southern Maine Huskies’ baseball team pounded out 19 hits in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader to take a split with the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs Saturday at the USM Baseball Stadium. Southern Maine earned a seven-inning 16-3 win over the Corsairs in the opener and then fell 9-4 in the second game.

With the split, Southern Maine stands at 32-7 and 12-2 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth is 15-21 and 6-8 in the conference.

In the opener senior John Carey was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, while senior Nick Grady was 2-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored to pace the Huskies’ attack. Senior Logan Carman gave the Huskies’ five solid innings to earn his ninth win of the season and remain undefeated at 9-0.

In the second game, the Corsairs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and did not look back en route to a 9-4 win. UMass Dartmouth chased Southern Maine senior starter Ryan Yates out of the game before he recorded an out. UMD sophomore Nate Farias had a three-run double in the first to lead the Corsairs.

Women’s lacrosse

USM advances to final

GORHAM, Maine — Junior Jenna Cyr converted a free-position attempt with 1:15 left to play in regulation to propel the University of Southern Maine to a 13-12 victory over Keene State College in a Little East Conference women’s lacrosse semifinal game Friday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The victory vaults the second-seeded Huskies into the LEC title game on Sunday (1 p.m.) against fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University. Eastern Connecticut earned the right to play USM for the championship by upsetting top-seeded Plymouth State University 8-6 in the other semifinal. The winner of Sunday’s title game will receive an automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.

The win was the Huskies’ 12th of the season, setting a school record for wins in a season eclipsing the old record of 11 set in 2010. The Huskies will take a 12-6 record into the championship match. Keene State finishes the season 11-7.

Softball

Middlebury 3, Bowdoin 0

MEDFORD — Junior pitcher Elizabeth Morris fired a three-hit shutout and senior Jessica Poracky drove home all three runs as the Middlebury College softball team won 3-0 over Bowdoin in game two of the NESCAC Softball Championship at Tufts University’s Spicer Field on Friday.

The Panthers (26-9) advance in the winners bracket and will play host Tufts in game four of the tournament on Saturday at 12:30 pm. The Jumbos defeated Wesleyan, 3-1, in Friday’s first game. Bowdoin (28-13) drops into the losers bracket and will play an elimination game against Wesleyan on Saturday at 10 am.

Though both pitchers allowed hits in each of the first two innings, Morris and Bowdoin junior Melissa Della Torrre were in a 0-0 tie heading to the third. Morris retired the side in the top of the inning, but Middlebury scored twice after two were out against Della Torre. First-year 2B Jackie Stern had an infield single and senior SS Jessa Hoffman followed with a single to center. Poracky scored both with a double over the right fielder’s head.

Morris got into a groove in the middle innings. She retired 14 in a row from the second through sixth innings, including six straight by strikeout at onie point.

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