USM dismantles Plymouth State

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PLYMOUTH – The University of Southern Maine Huskies scored five runs in the first and never looked back as they defeated Plymouth State 15-1 in the first game of a doubleheader in Little East Conference baseball action Saturday.

Ryan Bourque, Max Arsenault, Eddie Skeffington and Ryan Pike all had three hits for USM (22-11). Skeffington also had two RBIs.

The Huskies scored four in the first highlighted by a two-run single from Ryan Bourque and Joe McGhee, who also hit an RBI single to lead Southern Maine to an 8-3 win in the nightcap. Huskie shortstop Nick Vardaro had three hits and an RBI, while Stefan Black hit a two-run single in the sixth.

Husson sweeps

BANGOR – Catcher Brian McGinl went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Husson to a 6-4 victory over University of Maine at Farmington in the first game of a doubleheader at Winkin Complex.

Chris McInni went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Husson. James Gray got the win on the mound for Husson with just two runs allowed on five hits. Chip Burnham had two hits with an RBI and a run scored for UMF.

In the second game, Jason Harvey went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs to carry Hebron to a 14-3 win to complete the sweep.

Justin Spenc had two hits and scored three times for Husson. Husson starting pitcher Anthony DeRo went the distance, surrendered two runs on six hits and had 11 strikeouts to earn the victory.

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Bowdoin sweeps

LEWISTON – In the first game, a solid outing by Bates starter Griffin Finan was spoiled in the top of the seventh when Bowdoin’s Chris McCann laced a two-out single to center field off Bobcat closer Brian Buckley on Saturday.

Chris Bucci scored game-winning run in a 3-2 victory for Bowdoin. Mark Bulger retired all eight batters he faced in relief to earn the win for Bowdoin and improve his record to 3-0 on the season. For Bates, Tyler Paul hit a two-out double to left field, that scored Erik Hood, then Adam Worral drove in the tying run for the Bobcats.

In the second game, the Bowdoin offense exploded for 12 runs on 13 hits in a 12-2 victory over Bates to complete the sweep. Bowdoin scored six runs in the fourth highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of starting pitcher Ricky Leclerc who pitched seven innings to pick up the win.

Colby drops pair

MEDFORD, Mass. – Bryan McDavitt hit a home run in each game as Tufts took both games of a doubleheader, 12-4 and 15-3, over Colby in baseball action Saturday.

Junior Tom Salemy hit a home run in each game for Colby and finished the day with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Sophomore Nick Spillane also had three hits for the Mules (9-20).

The Jumbos (19-12) had 29 hits in the two games combined, including five each by junior Brian Casey, senior Jim O’Leary and junior McDavitt.

Maine splits

VESTAL, N.Y. – Rookie pitcher Mike Powers earned a complete game victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader as Maine split with Binghamton, 3-1 and 1-4, in baseball action Saturday.

The Black Bears (26-12-1) took 1-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1, and had a scare in the sixth inning when the Bearcats (20-16-1) evened things up on an RBI single by Jeff Wertepny.

But Ryan Quintal led off the seventh with a double down the right-field line for Maine. Following a single by Curt Smith, rookie Kevin McAvoy ripped a two-run single to center field for the eventual game-winner.

Maine struck first again in Game 2, but the Bearcats scored the tying run in the fourth inning and grabbed three more in the fifth, two of which scored on an error.

Powers was outstanding in the opener, allowing just one unearned run on six hits. He fanned a career-high four batters in the victory.

Men’s lacrosse

Bowdoin 10, Trinity 6

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior captain attackman Ford Barker and junior Matt Chadwick each had three goals to lead Bowdoin to a 10-6 victory over Trinity in a NESCAC mens’ lacrosse matchup Saturday.

Tom McKinley had a pair of goals and an assist, while Connor FItzgerald had a goal and three assists for the Polar Bears (10-4). Peter McIntire led Trinity (6-6) with two goals and an assist.

Keene State 16, USM 4

KEENE, N.H. – Freshman attacker Tony Santa Fe found the back of the net five times and added an assist to lead Keene State to a 16-4 victory over University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference mens’ lacrosse action.

Greg Gonzales netted four goals, while Taylor Morasutti added three for Keene State (10-2). The Owls built an 11-1 lead at halftime.

Middlebury 9, Bates 8

LEWISTON – Senior attack Henry Sheehan scored the game-winning goal with 1:11 left in regulation to lift Middlebury to a 9-8 win over Bates in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.

Sophomores Justin Simon and Brent Morin, along with senior David Pritchard, notched two goals each for Bates.

The Bobcats (9-4) jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, and extended it to a 6-2 advantage with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Bates controlled the game going into the final quarter, but had trouble clearing the ball in the late going. They failed on seven out of 10 chances, and were outshot in the period 14-1.

The Panthers (10-3) were fueled by sophomore attackman Jim Cabrera, tallying three goals and an assist.

Women’s lacrosse

Keene State 9, USM 6

GORHAM – Junior Stephanie Georgevits had three goals in the first half to lead Keene State to a 9-6 victory over University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women’s college lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Hodgdon Field. Kristal Lundegaard and Colleen Murphy scored two goals apiece for Keene State (7-9). The Owls scored eight of their nine goals in the first half.

Ashley Dyer and Virginia Flood each netted three goals for Southern Maine (5-9). The game was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Bates 15, Connecticut College 12

LEWISTON – Molly Wagner, Hannah Meyer and Katherine Farmer each scored hat tricks as Bates College defeated Connecticut College 15-12 in womens’ lacrosse action Saturday.

Meg Coffin and Sarah Peters each netted two goals for Bates (6-7).

The Camels (4-11) were led by Lindsey Coit who scored a game-high four goals and forced five turnovers, while Kelsey Sullivan and Aly Ridgway scored two goals apiece.

Colby 15, Trinity 9

HARTFORD, Conn. – Kate Sheridan had one goal and three assists to reach 50 points in her first year as Colby cruised to a 15-9 win over Trinity in women’s lacrosse action Saturday.

Allie Libby added two goals and an assist for the Mules (13-2) to move her season totals to 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points to lead the team.

Bowdoin 13, Wesleyan 8

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Brooke Nentwig had a big offensive game with four goals to lead Bowdoin to a 13-8 win over Wesleyan in women’s lacrosse action Saturday.

The Polar Bears used a 6-0 run over an 11-minute span of the second half to turn a tight 4-3 contest into a comfortable 10-3 lead and coasted to a 13-8 win in the end. A pair of goals from senior Jena Davis and junior Taylor White helped trigger the decisive win.

Softball

Bates drops pair

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior Sara Dougherty tossed a two-hitter in the first game and earned the win in the circle with six innings of relief work in the second game to lead Trinity College to 7-1 and 9-6 victories over Bates College in NESCAC softball action Saturday.

In Game 1, the Bobcats (15-13) struck first with an unearned run on a double by junior Katie Franklin and a sacrifice by freshman Stacia Saniuk in the top of the fourth inning. The Bantams (22-8) answered quickly, scoring once in the bottom of the fourth and five times in the fifth frame, including a three-run home run by Dougherty.

In the nightcap, the Bobcats scored two runs in the opening inning on a two-run homer by Saniuk. Saniuk had a pair of home runs in the game.

Colby, Tufts split

WATERVILLE – Lauren Olmsted completed her college career with a complete game for a 3-2 win for Colby before Tufts University responded with a 13-5 win in the nightcap in softball action Saturday.

Olmsted, who led the NESCAC in earned run average at 1.13 heading into the game, allowed no earned runs, struck out two and walked two. Both teams scored once in the eighth inning, while Tufts went up by one again in the top of the ninth. But, the Mules (11-20) got RBI singles from Olmsted and Essie Widlanski to pull out the victory in the ninth.

Maine sweeps

ORONO – The University of Maine set a new school record for wins in a single season with 33 with a doubleheader sweep over Binghamton with a 1-0 win in Game 1 and a thrilling come-from-behind 5-3 win in the nightcap. The Black Bears (33-15) gave the Bearcats a 3-0 advantage on a three-run homer by Meghan Quinn in the fourth inning of Game 2. But starting pitcher Sarah Bennis settled down and did not allow a run the rest of the way.

The Black Bears completed the come-from-behind win by plating three runs in the fifth inning with two outs.

A Tara Vilado single was all Maine needed to pull out the win in Game 1.

USM Sweeps

KEENE, NH – Senior pitcher Katie Mainville and freshman pitcher Bree Loon each turned in solid performances on the mound to lead University of Southern Maine Huskies to a Little East Conference doubleheader sweep of the Keene State Owls with a 4-3 victory in the opener and a 4-2 win in the second game.

In the first game, Christen Lachapelle broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh with an RBI single that scored Sabrina Mills for the game-winning run. Mainville scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, with eight strikeouts.

In Game 2, the Owls were down 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Campbell and Kaity Conklin each hit RBI singles to tie the game at 2-2. The Huskies came back with two runs in the top of the seventh on a sac-fly from Mills and a squeeze bunt from Dawn Ross that scored Danica Martin.

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