|College of New Jersey||University of Southern Maine|
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Senior left-hander Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) allowed just four hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Lions 10-1 Friday evening in a second-round game of the six-team, double-elimination NCAA Division III New York Regional Tournament being played at Onondaga Community College.
The win moved the second-seeded Huskies (32-11) into Game Seven against top-seeded Oswego State in a battle of the two remaining unbeaten teams Saturday morning (11:00 a.m.). Both sides are 2-0 in the tournament, and the winner advances to the championship round on Sunday. The Lions (32-12) will take on Ithaca College in an elimination game after the USM-Oswego game.
Leavitt, who missed the entire 2016 season with an injury, was masterful mixing speeds and using all of his pitches in his longest outing of the season. The Lions finally nicked him for a run in the eighth on a walk, stolen base and two-out single by junior Zach Shindler (Wantagh, N.Y.) that ended Leavitt’s outing. The win was the fifth of the season for Leavitt against no losses.
The Huskies exploded in the third inning sending 10 men to the plate to produce seven runs on six hits, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch. Freshman Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) knocked in the first run with a single to left. A wild pitch allowed senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) to score the second run. After a single by sophomore Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine), sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) was hit by the next pitch to force home the third run. Sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) singled to center to bring home the fourth run, and classmate Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) cleared the bases with a triple to right-center field that made it 7-0.
Leavitt cruised through the next four innings with the big lead not allowing a TCNJ runner past first base, including retiring the side in order in the fourth and seventh innings.
USM added three runs to its lead in the sixth on an RBI double from sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood), a sacrifice fly from freshman Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and an RBI double from Hapworth.
The Huskies outhit the Lions 14-5 in the game. Quintal and Bender had three hits apiece at the top of the order. Olszak, Hapworth and Dexter each had two hits. Freshman Gage Feeney (Cutler, Maine) took over for Leavitt in the eighth to get the final four outs, including three on strikeouts.
Shindler had three of the four TCNJ hits off Leavitt. Sophomore right-hander Michael Fisher (Robbinsville, N.J.) took the loss, his third against six wins, after giving up all 10 runs on 12 hits, four walks and two hit batters. He struck out four.