May 22, 2018
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Saint Joseph’s wins; USM, Bowdoin lose in Div. III regional

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

MANSFIELD, Conn. — Chad Rafferty fashioned a seven-hit shutout Wednesday night, leading second-seeded Saint Joseph’s College of Standish to a 2-0 baseball victory over No. 7 Bowdoin College of Brunswick in the NCAA Division III Mansfield Regional.

Rafferty (10-0) struck out 13 and walked one as the Monks (38-5) advanced to Thursday’s 7:45 p.m. game against Trinity. The third-seeded Bantams (33-9) advanced with a 13-8 win over No. 6 University of Southern Maine of Gorham.

The Huskies (27-18) meet Bowdoin (25-19) game in a 1:15 p.m. elimination contest.

The Monks broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning as losing pitcher Oliver Van Zant issued two walks and hit a batter. Dan Achorn grounded into a fielder’s choice that resulted in two runs..

Achorn added a single among five hits for the Monks off Van Zant, who struck out six and walked three.

Dan Findlay singled twice to pace Bowdoin.

Earlier Wednesday, Joe Papa belted a three-run home run and an RBI double to spearhead a 14-hit attack that carried Trinity past USM.

Stephen Rogers hit a double and two singles with two RBIs and Bryan Ginsberg cracked a hit a three-run homer for the Bantams. Michael Rueger doubled and singled while Kevin Mortimer belted a two-run shot for the Bantams.

Troy Thibodeau paced USM with a single and three RBIs, Tucker White provided a two-run homer and a triple with three runs scored and Nick Grady singled twice with an RBI.

The Huskies led 6-5 when Trinity scored five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Papa’s double, Rogers’ run-scoring single and Ginsberg’s homer were the key blows.

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