|Eastern Connecticut State University||University of Southern Maine|
Southern Maine picked up single runs in the first two innings to give Rice a 2-0 lead. In the first, sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on junior Sam Stauble’s (Harrison, Maine/Bridgton Academy) sacrifice fly.
In the second inning, sophomore Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) drove in classmate Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) with a single. The run was unearned as a result of one of five ECSU errors in game.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the sixth when a Quintal sacrifice fly brought home Warren who had reached on an infield error.
With flawless defense being played behind him, Rice kept the Warriors off the scoreboard for the first seven innings.
In the eighth, both sides scored a pair of runs. The Huskies scored two unearned runs on RBI singles from Olszak and senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.). The Warriors finally nicked Rice for two runs on an RBI single by senior Alex Zachary (Enfield, Conn./Enrico Fermi) and an RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore Alex Parkos (Meriden, Conn./Xavier) before Rice got the final out.
Rice departed in the ninth after surrendering a one-out double to junior D.J. Scavone (Auburn, Mass.). Correale came on and was touched for a single to put runners at the corners, but got a game-ending, 1-6-4-3 double play to save the game.
Olszak, with four hits, and Bender with two were the only repeat hitters in the Huskies’ 10-hit attack. Rice went 8 1/3 innings allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning three. Scavone and senior Christian Budzik (Cromwell, Conn.) had two hits apiece for the Warriors. EC sophomore starter Jordan Muchin (West Hartford, Conn./Conrad) was the tough luck loser allowing five runs (one earned) on 10 hits and two walks. He struck out five.