|University of Southern Maine||Wisconsin-Stevens Point|
AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) had three extra-base hits and four RBI as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6-4 in the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Field. The Huskies went on to sweep Pointers rallying from a 4-0 deficit to take another 6-4 victory in the nightcap.
The sweep improved the Huskies’ overall record to 4-2 with five games remaining on their Florida swing. The Pointers had their three-game winning streak snapped by the double dip, and fell to 4-5 on the season.
Hapworth was the hitting star in the opener for USM pounding out two doubles and a triple. He had a two-run double in the first inning as the Huskies scored three unearned runs, and another two-run double in the eighth inning to snap a 3-3 tie.
The Huskies took advantage of a passed ball in the first to score three times. Sophomore Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) knocked in the first run with a single ahead of Hapworth’s two-run double.
UWSP chipped away at USM’s lead scoring twice in the third on senior Clint Rose’s (Watertown, Wis.) two-run single, and tied the game in the fifth when Rose successfully executed a squeeze bunt to score rookie John Popham (Waupaca, Wis.).
In the eighth, a pair of two-out walks proved costly for UWSP as Hapworth delivered a two-run double down the left-field line. Sophomore Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) brought Hapworth home with a triple.
Sophomore Kyle Mrozinski (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) got one run back for UWSP in the eighth with a solo home run to left field.
USM sophomore left-hander Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season, and classmate Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) earned the save. Junior Cole Erickson (Deerfield, Wis.) was the tough-luck loser going 7.1 innings allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks while fanning five.