APPLETON, Wisconsin — Junior John Carey hit his second home run of the season leading off the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and the University of Southern Maine Huskies went on to defeat the Webster (Mo.) University Gorloks 7-2 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Huskies (44-9) will play the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Monday at a time to be determined. UW-Stevens Point plays Linfield College in the winners’ bracket game (Game 11) Sunday at 8 p.m. The Gorloks, making their third straight trip to the Division III College World Series, finish the season 37-12.
Carey’s home run sparked a three-run uprising to help make a winner of senior right-hander Ryan Yates. Yates (7-1) gave the Huskies a clutch pitching performance allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out two.
Sophomore Andrew Richards, making his record 33rd appearance of the season, came on in relief after Yates walked the leadoff batter in the seventh inning. Richards got the benefit of double plays in the seventh and eighth innings, and worked his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning getting the final two outs on infield pop outs. Richards earned his third save.
After Carey’s homer gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead, senior Tucker White doubled down the left-field line, and junior Forrest Chadwick walked. White moved up to third on a fly out, and junior Chris Bernard walked to load the bases ending the day for Webster senior starting pitcher Cody Hafeli.
Junior Matt Verrier lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that delivered White, and senior Anthony Pisani lined a single to right to score Chadwick giving the Huskies a 5-2 lead.
Carey went 3 for 5 on the day with a single, double and homer, and two RBI. Carey also extended his hitting streak to 21 games with his first-inning single. Pisani finished with a single and a double and an RBI. Chadwick, who had four walks in the game, scored twice and had an RBI.
On Saturday night, the Linfield College Wildcats backed the six-hit, complete-game pitching effort of sophomore right-hander Aaron Thomassen with a 17-hit attack to defeat USM 10-1.
Thomassen (11-2) kept the Huskies off stride throughout the game surrendering five singles and two walks while striking out nine. The only mistake Thomassen made came in the fourth inning when USM junior Forrest Chadwick took him deep for his eighth home run of the season.
The Wildcats came right out of the gate against USM junior left-hander Logan Carman batting around and putting up five runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Tim Richards beat out a chopper to second for an infield single, and sophomore Corey VanDomelem worked Carman for a walk. Junior Nick Fisher singled home the first run. After a lineout, junior Kramer Lindell brought home the second run with another single.
Carman got the second out on a strikeout, but senior Jordan Harlow drove in two runs with a double down the left field line, and senior Kyle Chamberlain followed with the Wildcats fifth hit of the inning to drive in the fifth run and knock Carman from the hill. Carman suffered his first loss of the season after winning 12 games.
No USM player had more than one hit. Carey had a sixth-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.