HARWICH, Massachusetts — The University of Southern Maine’s quest for a third consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III College World Series came to an end on Friday.

Peter Rantz and Sam Elias combined on a seven-hitter, leading Wesleyan University to a 4-1 victory over the Huskies in an elimination game at the NCAA Division III New England Regional at Whitehouse Field.

The Cardinals (30-10) stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament, while the Huskies of Gorham closed out their season at 32-15.

Rantz (5-2) worked seven innings of five-hit shutout ball for Wesleyan before Elias pitched the last two innings. Ellis Schaefer singled three times among 11 hits to pace the offense.

Nick Micelli (double, RBI) and Marco Baratta provided two hits each for the winners.

Brandon Martins singled and scored for USM to support losing pitcher Andrew Richards, who allowed 11 hits and four runs (three earned) with 11 strikeouts and one walk while going the distance.

Wesleyan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Sam Goodwin-Boyd, then broke loose for three runs in the seventh. Micelli hit a run-scoring double and Donnie Ciminio plated a run when he reached on an error.

The Huskies scored their only run in the eighth. Martins reached on an error, Brendon Joyce walked and Damon Wallace singled to left. A double-play grounder pushed the run across.