BRUNSWICK — John Carey stroked a double and three singles with an RBI to spark a 19-hit attack that carried the Southern Maine Huskies to a 13-9 baseball victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears Thursday.
Forrest Chadwick belted two doubles and a single (RBI), while Tucker White rapped a doubled and a single (RBI) for the University of Southern Maine of Gorham (20-16). Troy Thibodeau and Matt Powers each singled twice with an RBI, while David Ricker and Jake Glauser chipped in with two singles each.
Bowdoin College (21-15) was paced by three singles and two RBIs from John Lefeber and a double, two singles and an RBI from Jordan Edgett. Erik Jacobsen doubled and singled (RBI), while Kyle LeBlanc, Buddy Shea and Tim McGarry registered two singles and an RBI apiece among 17 hits.
Purdue seeks title
No Big Ten baseball team has won more conference games than Purdue since 2008, yet the Boilermakers’ title drought stretches to an almost unfathomable length.
“The Titanic sank after we won our last Big Ten championship,” second baseman Eric Charles said. “You’d think we could have squeaked one out in all that time.”
It was in 1909 — three years before the big ship went down — that the Boilermakers last claimed a league title. Unlike long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans, who haven’t celebrated a World Series championship since 1908, Boilers supporters have reason to believe that this really is their year.
Purdue (34-7, 14-4) owns a 3½-game lead with conference series remaining against last-place Michigan (home) and ninth-place Iowa (away).
National college baseball observers expect to get a measure on how good the Boilers are this weekend when they play three games at Pac-12 power UCLA (29-12).
“We want to go to the West Coast and prove to everybody else we can play ball,” top starting pitcher Joe Haase said. “We want to show we’re a top team to people who don’t think we’re for real.”
Purdue started 14-1, put together two 10-game win streaks and has 13 victories against teams among the top 60 in the RPI. The Boilermakers have won all six of their conference series.
Their .829 winning percentage is second to Florida State’s .837, and wins in 14 of their past 16 games have pushed them to No. 5 in this week’s RPI and as high as No. 11 in the national polls.
Purdue returned all its everyday players from last season, when it won a school record-tying 37 games. The Boilermakers have 14 seniors and 12 juniors, almost unheard of in a sport where attrition and the pro draft can create major roster turnover.