|Keene State College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) slammed a two-run home run to spark a six-run, seventh-inning rally and the University of Southern Maine Huskies went on to defeat the visiting Keene State College Owls 11-8 in the nightcap of the teams Little East Conference doubleheader at the USM Baseball Stadium on Saturday. The Huskies swept the doubleheader by taking the opening game 9-3.
The sweep improved the Huskies record to 24-8 overall and 11-1 in LEC play, and moved them within one game of winning the LEC regular-season title and the top seed in the upcoming championship tournament. The Owls, who came into the doubleheader on a three-game winning streak, dropped to 13-20 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
Down 7-5 heading into the home half of the seventh, the Huskies struck for six runs to take the victory. Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) led off the inning with a walk and McDonough followed with his shot off KSC senior reliever and losing pitcher Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) to the right of the scoreboard in left field to tie the score. The homer was the fifth of the season for McDonough.
Dexter followed with a bunt single, and Warren reached on a costly two-base outfield error. Junior pinch hitter Tom Budrewicz (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Olszak drove in the go ahead run with a ground ball to first.
An intentional walk to Quintal reloaded the bases, and Bender made the Owls pay with a two-run double to right field. Quintal scored the sixth run on a sacrifice fly to right by Stauble.
Dexter got his fourth win of the season pitching the final three innings allowing one run on two hits.
Keene State had rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a five-run, third-inning outburst highlighted by a two-run double from sophomore Connor Longley (Foxboro, Mass.) and a three-run homer from junior Christian Bourgea (Litchfield, N.H.). Bourgea would also hit a solo homer in the ninth off Dexter.
USM scored a run in the third on Warren’s RBI single, and one in the fourth on a double by Hapworth to pull even at 5-5.
Longley struck again in the sixth with a two-run triple to deep right field to give the Owls a 7-5 lead.
Quintal, McDonough and Warren had three hits apiece in USM’s 17-hit attack. Longley went 4 for 5 with four RBI, and Bourgeau drove in four with his two round trippers.