Southern Maine beats Endicott, earns second straight Division III College World Series berth

Posted May 17, 2014, at 9:50 p.m.
Last modified May 18, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.

HARWICH, Massachusetts — Forrest Chadwick’s three-run home run highlighted a nine-run, eighth-inning uprising Sunday afternoon, sparking the University of Southern Maine to an 11-1 win over Endicott College in the championship game of the NCAA Division III New England Regional at Whitehouse Field.

Logan Carman (4-1) pitched 8 2/3 innings of five-hit, one-run ball to help coach Ed Flaherty’s Huskies from Gorham (35-13) secure their second straight trip to the Division III College World Series.

Nathan Veilleux recorded the final out for the Huskies, who were forced to Sunday’s deciding game after the Gulls won 7-6 on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Chadwick added two singles and an RBI, Sam Dexter collected four singles with an RBI and Paul McDonough contributed three singles and drove in two runs for USM.

Tad Gold doubled, singled and knocked in the only run for Endicott (34-16). Starter J.J. Branch surrendered 12 hits and eight earned runs in seven innings.

The Gulls grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cam Farham hit a leadoff single, stole second with two outs and scored on Gold’s single.

USM did not get on the board until the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Dexter, McDonough, Chadwick (RBI) and Matt Verrier (RBI) rapped consecutive singles to give the Huskies the lead for good.

USM ended the suspense in the eighth. Nick Dibiase, Dexter and McDonough (RBI) singled, then Chadwick belted a three-run shot to right field to make it 6-1. Chris Bernard singled and later stole home on a double steal, while Troy Thibodeau, Dexter and McDonough later followed with run-scoring singles.

On Saturday, Davarn Nova struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to help Endicott hold on for a 7-6 win.

Harry Oringer went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the third and E.J. Martinez drove in what was the game-winning run with a single in the top of the ninth. Reliever Colby Morris pitched 4 1/3 innings for the win.

Steve Morganelli drove in two runs with a pair of singles and Gold collected three singles and an RBI for the Gulls, who amassed 16 hits.

Jake Glauser smacked a two-run homer for USM while McDonough hit a solo homer and a single and Chadwick posted two singles and an RBI for the Huskies.

Matt Verrier and Troy Thibodeau each added two singles. Starter Zack Bean (3-1) took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Women’s Lacrosse

Colby 8, Williams 6

DRYDEN, New York —- The tenacity of Abby Hatch, the goalie play of Claire Dickson and Michelle Burt, and a first-year player coming up with two big goals has the Colby College women’s lacrosse team in the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal round for the fourth time in five years.

The 11th-ranked Mules (11-6 overall), with two starters out due to injury, held on this time against 10th-ranked Williams College for an 8-6 third round victory at Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday. Colby will take on top-ranked and unbeaten Cortland State (21-0) in an NCAA quarterfinal at the same site Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hatch had one goal and one assist, while Dickson played the second half and had seven of her nine saves in the first 14:20 of play. Burt stopped four shots.

Lexie Perticone scored two goals in a 38-second span of the first half to break a 1-1 tie and gave Colby some breathing room at 3-1.

Sarah Lux scored twice for the Mules while Lindsay McCabe and Alex Mintz added one each.

Nancy Palmer led Williams with 2 goals. Bridget Malicki, Hilary Cook, Natalie Gill and Jenna Chodus chipped in with one apiece. Ali Pitch made six saves.

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