|St. Olaf College||University of Southern Maine|
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The University of Southern Maine baseball team pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of seven walks to defeat St. Olaf College 14-7 in a non-conference game Saturday at Chain O Lakes Field #1.
The win was the second straight, and fourth in the last five games, for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 6-3. The Oles had their three-game winning streak stopped by the loss and fall to .500 at 6-6 overall.
Every starter in the USM lineup had at least one hit in the game. Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) and sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) led the way with three hits apiece.
Sophomore right-hander Jack Donnelly (Walpole, Mass.) earned his second win of the season giving up two runs on six hits and no walks over five innings. Donnelly struck out six.
Rookie Travis McDonald (Woodbury, Minn./Eastridge) led the Oles’ 15-hit attack going 4 for 6 with two runs scored. Freshman Dylan Blake (Woodbury, Minn./Eastridge) had three hits, and senior Ryan Iverson (Montgomery, Minn.) had two hits, including a three-run homer, for the Oles.
Senior hurler Kade Cronin (Medford, Minn.), the second of six St. Olaf pitchers used, was tagged with his second loss of the spring.
Hapworth gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run single. The Oles got one run back in their half of the inning on an RBI single from sophomore Sam Stuckmayer(Northfield, Minn.), and tied the game at 2-2 in the third on Stuckmayer’s sacrifice fly.
The Huskies snapped the short-lived tie in the fourth scoring three times, and tacked up five more in the fifth to open up a 10-2 lead. Sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine), junior Kyle Heath (Westbrook, Maine and Quintal had RBI in the fourth inning.
USM sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth to score five times. Freshman Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) scored the first run on a wild pitch, and Hillier and Heath forced in the next two with bases loaded walks. Junior Tom Budrewicz (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) knocked in the fourth run with a fielder’s choice, and Quintal brought in the final run with a double, one of seven two-baggers in the game for the Huskies.
St. Olaf got one run back on Blake’s RBI single in the seventh. USM responded in the top of the eighth with three runs on a two-run single from senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) and Hillier’s RBI double.
The Oles scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, highlighted by Iverson’s three-run homer, to close the gap.