June 22, 2018
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College roundup, baseball: Coast Guard ousts Husson from ECAC tourney


NEW LONDON, Conn. — Derek Petty pitched seven innings of five-hit shutout ball on Thursday, leading the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to a 3-1 victory over Husson University of Bangor in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship.

Coach Jason Harvey’s Eagles, who previously won the North Atlantic Conference title, closed out the season at 26-18.

Petty struck out five and walked two before Curt Barrett and Tyler Vieira each worked an inning to help the Cadets (23-16) advance. Eric Gerken hit a double and three singles to pace the offense, while Tyler Babkiewich and Joe Petry contributed two singles each.

Pat Thibodeau and J.T. Whitten stroked three singles each to lead Husson behind Brandon Reilly, who allowed nine hits and three runs in eight innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Cody McInnis posted two singles and Dylan Foster hit a sacrifice fly.

Leading 1-0, the Cadets tallied the eventual game-winner in the third inning. Petry hit an infield single, moved to third on Gerken’s single to center field, and scored on a groundout.

USM 4, Keene State 0

GORHAM, Maine — Senior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) tossed 7.2 innings of three-hit shutout ball while striking out four to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team past the Keene State College Owls 4-0 in Game Five of the Little East Conference Tournament at USM Baseball Stadium Thursday afternoon.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 35-7 overall and stay unbeaten at 2-0 in the LEC Tournament. The Huskies will play the winner of the game between Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston at 12:00 on Friday. The ECSU-UMB game was halted due to darkness in the fifth inning with ECSU leading 9-0. That game will be resumed at 9:30 a.m.

The Owls drop to 18-23 overall and are eliminated from the six-team, double-elimination tournament. The Owls lost their opening game in the tournament to Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday.

Yates walked only two batters as he improved to 6-1 on the year. The Owls only got one runner as far as third base against Yates, that coming in the fifth inning. Yates gave way to sophomore Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) who got the final four outs giving up only one hit and striking out one.

Freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) led Southern Maine at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI double. Senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored, and senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Maine) was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple. Junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) had a key RBI double and scored a run.

Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.), junior Andrew Gummow(Brookline, Mass.), and sophomores Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) andTyler Estevez (East Hartford, Conn.) had one hit apiece for Keene State. Freshman right-hander Alan Shiff (East Hartford, Conn.), who pitched 4.1 solid innings giving up two earned runs on five hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 1-1 on the year.

Yates and Shiff cruised through the first four innings, as each didn’t allow a base runner past second base.

The Huskies finally broke through with two runs in the fifth inning thanks to timely hitting. After Carey singled to lead off the inning, Thibodeau lined a double to right center to bring around Carey and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Thibodeau then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI double to left by Dexter giving Yates a two-run cushion.

The Huskies tacked on another run in the sixth to increase the lead to 3-0. Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) roped a double down the right field line to lead off the inning. Grady tripled to right field to bring around Chadwick. It was Grady’s team-leading 52nd RBI of the year. The Owls were able to halt any further scoring by the Huskies as senior right-hander Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn./East Windsor) — who replaced Shiff in the fifth — was able to get three straight ground outs to escape the inning.

Southern Maine added a single insurance run with two outs in the eighth on back-to-back doubles by senior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) and Carey to take a 4-0 lead.

Richards got the first batter he faced to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the eighth, and retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth on a ground out, fly out, and strikeout to end the game.


Husson NCAA game postponed

BABSON PARK, Mass. — Husson University’s opening game in the NCAA Division III softball regional Thursday has been postponed due to rain.

The game, against Rowan (N.J.), has been rescheduled for Friday morning at a time to be announced.

Springfield 2, St. Joseph’s 0

BABSON PARK, Mass. — Junior pitcher Jennifer Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) tossed a complete-game three-hitter, striking out a career-high 11 batters, and fourth-seeded Springfield College scored a pair of fourth inning runs en route to a 2-0 win over fifth-seeded St. Joseph’s College in game two of the NCAA Babson Park Regional on Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field.

With their 11th victory in the last 13 games, the Pride move to 27-18 on the season while the Monks fall to 33-12.

Seven different players registered hits for Springfield, including a home run from Breann Joyce (Trumbull, Conn.) and doubles by senior Kelly Blake (Watertown, Conn.) and first-year Elizabeth Joseph (Stamford, Conn.).

Juniors Connie Grovo (Limington, Maine) and Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine), along with senior Heather Tripp (Lovell, Maine), all recorded singles for St. Joseph’s, who did not have a runner advance past second base on the afternoon.

Both Joseph and the Monks’ starter, senior Kayla Vannah (Waldoboro, Maine,) were sharp early and made life difficult for both offenses. Joseph allowed just a single to Tripp in the top of the second inning through four frames and after Vannah gave up a pair of singles to first-year Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y.) and junior Christina Leader (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) in the first inning she retired nine straight batters into the fourth inning.

The Pride finally got to Vannah with two down in the bottom of the fourth as Joyce hit her seventh home run of the season to left centerfield, senior Chelsea Bender (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) followed with a single, and E. Joseph doubled to plate Bender for a 2-0 lead through four innings.

After having the game interrupted twice due to weather delays, Springfield threatened to break the game open as junior Ally Rivelli (North Kingstown, R.I.) singled up the middle and Blake doubled to left to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Junior Rae-Marie Copan (Newton, Mass.) came on in relief for St. Joseph’s and was able to get out of the jam by recording a strikeout and inducing a pair of fly ball outs to keep the Monks within two.

Joseph made the two-run advantage stand up, working around the delays that totaled two hours and 35 minutes to strike out the side in the top of the fifth inning before fanning a pair in the top of the sixth and the top of the seventh to close out the victory. The right-hander, who has won seven straight decisions, earned her third shutout of the season and is now 16-7 on the year.

Vannah took the loss, dropping to 11-7 on the year, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in four-plus innings of work, and striking out three. Copan tossed a pair of hitless innings and recorded two strikeouts in relief.

St. Joseph’s College will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm when they face eighth-seeded Lesley University in an elimination game while Springfield will take on Tufts University in a winners’ bracket game on Saturday morning.

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