College roundup, baseball: USM wins regional, advances to national tourney

Posted May 18, 2013, at 8:53 p.m.

HARWICH, Mass. — Logan Carman threw a seven-hit shutout to give the University of Southern Maine the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament title with a 9-0 victory over Endicott College Sunday.

The victory gave the Huskies a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship next week in Appleton, Wis.

Carman struck out four and walked only one to advance the Huskies to the national tourney.

Jake Glauser, Matt Verrier and Troy Thibodeau each drove in two runs for the winners, now 42-8. Thibodeau hit a home run and Nick Grady added three singles and an RBI.

Endicott finished at 35-14.

On Saturday, freshman Sam Dexter hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 2-2 tie as USM came from behind to defeat Endicott 5-2 in Game 14 of the tourney, forcing Sunday’s finale.

Dexter’s homer made a winner out of sophomore right-hander Andrew Richards for a second time on Saturday. Richards hurled a five-hit, 7-0 shutout against Western New England University earlier in the day to put USM into the championship round needing two wins over Endicott.

Richards, who took the loss against Endicott in Game 11 on Friday, went 5.2 innings allowing one run on six hits and no walks while striking out four to improve his record to 9-2.

Dexter hit a 2-1 pitch off Endicott senior right-hander Kevin Dupras over the left-center field fence for his fourth homer of the season. Sophomore Jake Glauser had singled and stolen second before Dexter hit his home run. The Huskies would tack on an insurance run later in the inning when junior John Carey scored on senior Nick Grady’s single.

The Gulls brought the tying run to the plate in the home half of the ninth, but Richards got a key defensive play from junior outfielder Troy Thibodeau. Thibodeau snagged a line drive off the bat of junior Conor Ressel and was able to double off a runner at second base for a double play. Richards then got the final out on a ground ball to second base.

Endicott grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth against USM rookie left-handed starter Tyler Leavitt. Graduate student Colin Sitarz, who led off the inning with a double, scored on junior pinch hitter EJ Martinez’s foul ball sacrifice fly down the left field line off Richards.

The Gulls increased their lead to 2-0 in the sixth when freshman Matt Paolo doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Tad Gold. Paolo scored when senior Eric Lemke lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.

USM got on the board in the seventh inning. Junior Matt Verrier walked, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on Glauser’s two-out single.

The Huskies caught a break in the eighth inning when Dexter scored the tying run on an infield throwing error.

Dexter went 3 for 5 with two RBI to pace the Huskies’ 12-hit attack. Senior Tucker White, junior Forrest Chadwick, Grady and Glauser had two hits apiece.

Paola and Martinez had a double and a single for the Gulls. Dupras was tagged with his second loss of the season after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Graduate student Mike Nich started on the hill for the Gulls going 6.1 innings. Nich allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Southern Maine won its school record 41st game of the season, and is now 41-8. Endicott, which had its seven-game winning streak stopped, is now 35-13.

USM 7, WNE 0

HARWICH, Mass. — Western New England’s run in the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Championship ended on Saturday with a 7-0 loss to top-seeded Southern Maine in Game 13 at Whitehouse Field.

The fourth-seeded Golden Bears finish their season at 34-13 – the sixth straight time the program has achieved 30-plus wins to extend a school benchmark – after reaching the New England Semifinals.

For Western New England, this afternoon marked the final appearance in a royal blue and gold uniform for the winningest senior class in program history that has won 148 games, captured seven Commonwealth Coast Conference titles, claimed three conference championships, and made four NCAA tournament appearances including the 2011 College World Series and the 2012 New England championship game.

Nationally No. 8/14-ranked Southern Maine (40-8) will play Endicott for the regional championship, after setting a school record for victories in a season against the Golden Bears.

Southern Maine got all the offense it would need in the top of the very first inning, getting five runs on four hits. Forrest Chadwick got the big hit with a two-run double down the left-field line, Troy Thibodeau had a RBI-double to right-center, and Anthony Pisani capped it with a 2-RBI single to right field.

Western New England tried to get some of those runs back in its home half. After Andrew Richards got two groundouts, the Golden Bears got two runners on base as senior Mike Rubino had an infield single to shortstop and sophomore Steve Buckley followed with a walk.

Rubino had three hits for the Golden Bears and senior co-captain Tim Clark and junior Steve Ambrosino had one apiece. Rubino, who earlier this season became the school’s career hits leader, wraps up his collegiate career with 281 hits, which is tied for seventh in NCAA Division III history.

Junior starter Brendan Nugent (8-2) took the ball on two-days’ rest and was charged for five runs on four hits and two walks. Senior Kevin Jefferis, WNE’s third pitcher of the day, went 2-2/3 innings of relief to stretch his scoreless streak in the tournament to six innings. Freshman Tom Mahoney closed with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth that included two strikeouts.

Richards went the distance to improve his record to 8-2. He allowed just five singles and a walk while striking out one.

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