College roundup, baseball: USM wins NCAA regional opener

Posted May 15, 2013, at 4:39 p.m.

HARWICH, Mass. — Junior left-hander Logan Carman spun a three-hitter en route to his first career shutout as the top-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies opened play in the 2013 NCAA New England Regional Tournament by blanking the eighth-seeded Daniel Webster College Eagles 5-0 at Whitehouse Field.

With the victory, the Huskies advance to Game Seven of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament and will face fourth-seeded Western New England University on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. WNEU moved into Game Seven after posting a 5-2 win over fifth-seeded M.I.T. in the opening game of the tournament.

The Huskies extended their current winning streak to six games and raise their overall record to 38-7. The 38 wins is one shy of the school record of 39 wins in a season set by the 1997 team.

Daniel Webster, champions of the New England Collegiate Conference, falls to 28-11 on the season. DWC will play M.I.T. in an elimination game Thursday morning.

Carman was masterful throughout the game. He did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when the Eagles got back-to-back singles from seniors Tyler Bonin and Rich Lizotte to open the inning. Carman got the next batter on a strikeout, but threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Carman induced an infield popout for the second out before hitting senior Joe Morin with a pitch to load the bases. The southpaw got out of the jam getting senior Josh Chasse to line out to right field.

Carman retired the Eagles in order in the sixth and seventh innings. The Eagles mounted a two-out threat in the eighth when Carman walked Chasse and senior Darrik Marstaller singled, but Carman got the final out on a fly ball to right field. Carman set the Eagles down in order in the ninth to secure his 11th win of the season; tying the USM single-season record for wins set by Robert Aceto in 1991. Carman had five strikeouts in the game.

DWC senior starter Greg Dubela, who came into the game sporting an 8-0 record and a 1.39 ERA, matched Carman over the first three innings permitting only one hit. The Huskies managed a run in the fourth inning when junior Forrest Chadwick singled with one out, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored on classmate Chris Bernard’s RBI single.

Dubela set the Huskies down in order in the fifth and sixth innings before giving up two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Chadwick singled to lead off the inning. After two fly ball outs, Chadwick stole second. He scored when junior John Carey doubled down the right field line. Carey would move to third on a passed ball and score on a single by junior Matt Verrier.

USM added two more insurance runs in the eighth when senior Tucker White slammed a two-run homer. The home run was the 10th of the season, and the 22nd of his career, for Tucker.

For the Huskies, freshman Sam Dexter and Chadwick had two hits apiece.

Endicott 4, Saint Joseph’s 3

HARWICH, Mass. — Third-seeded Endicott College (33-12) overcame a two-out ninth-inning comeback by No. 6 Saint Joseph’s College (30-13) and walked off with a 4-3 victory over the Monks in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Baseball Regional this afternoon.

Endicott received an RBI sacrifice fly from Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass.) – who drove in two runs in the game – with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth to negate a two-run Saint Joseph’s rally in the top of the inning, a comeback bid that saw the Monks knot the game at three-apiece and force the Gulls to bat in the bottom of the frame.

Endicott moves on to the winners bracket of the regional and will play at 8:00 PM on Thursday night against the winner of the second-seeded Wheaton and No. 7 Salem State match-up, while the loser of that game will meet Saint Joseph’s at 1:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.

Junior EJ Martinez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had two hits and scored twice for the Gulls, including crossing the plate with the winning run after leading off the top of the ninth with a double to right center.

Endicott scored single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings while the Monks, who were led by a 3-4 day by senior Sam Butts (Saco, Maine), managed just one run through the first eight innings, despite outhitting the Gulls by a 12-8 margin.

Senior Kevin Dupras (Belchertown, Mass.) earned the win, despite blowing a save opportunity, and improved to 3-1 on the season. Dupras tossed three innings and struck out six batters, including a trio of punch-outs in the eighth to help the Gulls maintain a 3-1 cushion at the time.

The Monks finally put Dupras on the ropes in the ninth, as the senior closer issued two walks with one out to start the frame. Senior Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.) delivered a single to left field to load the bases and, with two outs and two strikes, sophomore Joe Coyne (Duxbury, Mass.) tied the game with a two-run hit to left center, which scored Butts and freshman Zack Graham (Marlboro, Mass.), tying the game at 3-3.

Junior Conor Ressel (Rockport, Mass.) set the tempo for Endicott early, leading off the game with an infield single and stealing second before coming around to score on a single by Oringer, coupled with a bobble in the outfield.

Endicott doubled their advantage in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single down the left field line by senior Eric Lemke (Southington, Conn.), who had two hits in the game.

The Monks, who had a frustrating day at the plate stranding 12 runners – including five in scoring position – were able to drive a run in the top of the sixth with two runners on and nobody out.

Coyne led off the sixth with a line-drive single to right and senior Brandon Chase (Naples, Maine) followed with a bunt base hit. Following an Alex Markakis (Lynnfield, Mass.) sacrifice bunt, freshman Taylor Reuillard (Biddeford, Maine) delivered a single to right to plate Coyne, who had two hits and two RBI in the loss, make it a 2-1 contest.

Endicott tacked on a third run in the seventh with singles by Lemke and Martinez to open the frame. After a fielder’s choice and a hit batsman, Oringer beat out the back end of a potential double play to reach on a fielder’s choice and allow Martinez to score in the back door.

Junior Joe Gruntkosky (Peabody, Mass.) was tagged with the loss for Saint Joseph’s after allowing one earned run on two walks and a hit, falling to 5-4 on the year.

Senior Tyler Hitchcock (Abington, Mass.) tossed five and a third innings for Endicott while he gave up just one run, despite allowing eight hits in the no-decision. Hitchcock walked one batter and also fanned one.

Saint Joseph senior Tyler Laverriere (Biddeford, Maine) worked the first six and a third innings and was charged with three runs (two earned). Laverriere scattered six hits and issued three walks while collecting five strikeouts.

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