HARWICH, Mass. — Senior Chris Bernard had an RBI triple and a two-run homer to help the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies defeat the seventh-seeded Worcester State University Lancers, 8-4, in the final game of the opening day of play in the 2014 NCAA Division III Harwich Regional Tournament Wednesday night at Whitehouse Field.
The victory moves the Huskies, 32-12 overall, into the winners bracket to face third-seeded Tufts University in the last of four games on Thursday (8 p.m.). Tufts defeated sixth-seeded St. Joseph’s College (Maine) 3-1 to advance to the winners bracket.
St. Joseph’s will play Worcester State in an elimination game Thursday (1:30 p.m.).
Bernard had an RBI triple to spark the Huskies’ four-run eruption in the third inning. He would hit his fourth homer of the season to cap a three-run sixth inning.
Sophomore Sam Dexter preceded Bernard’s triple in the third inning with a leadoff single, and had an RBI single in the sixth before coming around on Bernard’s round tripper.
Senior southpaw Logan Carman went seven innings on the hill to pick up his third win of the season. Carman allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Sophomores Dan Kinnon and Ryan Browner each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Junior Cody Osburn had two hits and an RBI for the Lancers.
In the early game, Tufts received nine strong innings from junior ace Kyle Slinger, who improved to 9-0 after allowing one run off three hits while fanning nine in a complete-game victory. After allowing a run off two hits in the fourth, the southpaw proceeded to retire 14 consecutive batters over the following four-plus frames before two runners reached on errors with two out in the ninth. Slinger worked out of the late jam by inducing a game-ending groundout off the bat of sophomore Taylor Reuillard.