DANBURY, Conn. – The University of Southern Maine pounded out 26 hits and scored 25 runs to sweep Western Connecticut State University, 13-4 and 12-5, in doubleheader baseball action Saturday.

In the opener, the Huskeis built a 6-0 advantage over the course of the first two innings. Senior outfielder Paul Tedesco did the damage in the first inning with a two-run homer. Junior outfielder Adam Lemieux of Cumberland ignited a four-run outburst with an RBI single, and Tedesco added a two-run single.

Though the Colonials (5-10) chipped away at the lead to pull within 7-4 after five innings, Marc Cahill and Ryan Adams combined pitching duties to keep them in check the rest of the way.

Before the rains shortened the nightcap, the Huskies (6-7) continued their offensive assault on the Colonial’s pitching staff. Brian Marshall went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Tip Fairchild from Monmouth participated in the foray with an RBI single in the third inning.

The Huskies put the game away with five runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Marshall’s two-run single. Ryan Johnston notched his first pitching victory of the season.

Maine sweeps NY Tech

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – The University of Maine swept New York Tech, 11-8 and 11-7, in doubleheader baseball action Saturday.

In the opener, the Black Bears (12-6) came up with strong middle innings, scoring all of their 11 runs in the third through fifth. Mike Ferriggi homered in the six-run fifth inning for three RBIs. Brett Ouellette also homered in the fourth and fifth innings to contributed three RBIs.

New York Tech (3-11) went down to defeat in an almost mirror-imaged nightcap. The Black Bears scored their 11 runs in the final four innings behind home runs of Alain Picard and Joe Drapeau for a combined five RBIs.

Mike McDonald and Mike Collar earned the mound wins.

St. Joseph’s 6, Brandeis 5

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior first baseman Jesse LaCasse of Madison went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to lift St. Josephs’s to a 6-5 win over Brandeis.

The Judges (7-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Monks senior hurler Charlie Buker of West Paris settled in after his shakey first inning to keep the Judges off the board until the eighth inning.

The Monks cut the lead to one in the fourth on LaCasse’s home run. The Monks then took a 4-3 lead when sophomore Andy Exley smacked a two-run single with two out in the sixth.

St. Joe’s scored another run before the sixth inning was complete and added an insurance run in the seventh. The Judges clawed back with a run in each of the eighth and ninth inning but could not tally the tying run.

Tufts dump Bates twice


MEDFORD, Mass. – Tufts starter Jon Lee recorded his second career no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over Bates in the opener of a NESCAC doubleheader.

Junior starter Randy Newsom then limited the Bobcats to two hits for a 5-0 triumph.

The Jumbos (8-4) scored all eight runs in the opener in the fourth inning on five hits. The Bobcats (0-5) contributed to the Tuft scoring frenzy by committing four errors. Greg Hickey went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs in game one for the Jumbos.

The Bobcats earned their first hit of the day in the fourth inning of Game 2 when Drew McKenna hit a line drive to right field. It was immediately followed by another line drive from John O’Neil that Tufts freshman first baseman Matt Clement stopped with a leaping catch to come up with a double play to deprive the Bobcats of a scoring opportunity.

Bowdoin splits with Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. – Kurt Piantek reached base all nine times, including a pair of home runs, to help Trinity escape with a split of a doubleheader with Bowdoin.

Trinity won the opener 10-9, but the Polar Bears took charge in the nightcap, 19-10.

One of Piantek’s homers traveled an estimated 450 feet.

Bowdoin rallied from an 8-0 deficit to tie the opener 9-9 in the seventh, before the hosts won itbin the eighth.

Jared Lemieux and Manny Lora led Bowdoin’s 19-hit attack in the nightcap with three hits apiece.

USM splits doubleheader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After dropping a 4-3 decision in extra innings of the opener, the University of Southern Maine blanked Rhode Island College, 2-0, in the nightcap of a Little East Conference softball matchup Saturday.

The Anchorwomen (9-7) rallied in the home frame of the sixth inning with two runs to knot up the game at 3-3 in the opener. Following a scoreless seventh inning, the Anchorwomen scored the winning run in the eighth when Megan Ponte hit a slow roller to shortstop Sarah McLean, who could not convert a throw fast enough to beat senior Melanie Miller to the plate.

Huskies catcher Kristen Tong led off the nightcap by reaching on a throwing error. She subsequently moved over to second on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. The unearned run would be enough for freshman pitcher Katie Mainville, who struck out five and scattered six singles to earn the complete game win.

Southern Maine added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, when freshman Kristi Steward stroked a single to left field, scoring McLean from second base.

Bowdoin takes two


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Bowdoin College cruised to a 6-0 victory in the opener, while squeaking by, 7-6, in the nightcap over Wesleyan.

Wesleyan (6-12) committed three errors in the first inning of the opener, leading to an unearned run.

Wesleyan stranded nine runners, including six in scoring position. Bowdoin pitcher Erin Hanley scattered seven hits for the shutout.

The Polar Bears (4-7) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the nightcap before Wesleyan scored three in the third and another two in the fourt for a short-lived 5-4 lead.

Wesleyan evened up the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the sixth, but the Polar Bears rebounded in the seventh when Kristi Royer knocked in Rachael Gordon by doubling to right field.

Erin Haley relieved Abby Daley for the final five outs of the game and picked up her second win of the day for the Polar Bears.

Men’s lacrosse
Amherst 11, Colby 9

WATERVILLE – Amherst College darted out to a 9-3 halftime lead and survived a Colby College resurgence to take an 11-9 victory in NESCAC men’s lacrosse action Saturday.

The Lord Jeffs (4-1) began strong, outscoring the White Mules (1-3) by a margin of 4-2 in the first quarter. The Lord Jeffs continued their offensive momentum with five goals in the second quarter, securing a six goal cushion which was pivotal in the victory.

Barron Butler notched a hat trick and an assist for the White Mules, while teammate Joshua Cleaver pitched in with a pair of goals. Matt Margolis and Chris Condlin each had three goals for Amherst.

Bowdoin 11,

Conn. College 9

BRUNSWICK – Kyle Courtiss notched a hat trick to power Bowdoin College to an 11-9 win over Connecticut College.

Following an evenly matched first haf that ended in a 5-5 tie, the Polar Bears (3-3) used four goals in the third quarter to pull away from the Camels. Sophomore Phil Stern sparked the Polar Bears uprising with two goals.

The Camels (3-2) were paced by dual three-goal efforts from Kevin Burke and Mike Hasenauer.

Topher Grossman made 21 saves for the Camels, while Grant White stopped 12 shots for the Polar Bears.

Springfield 18, Bates 12


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Paul Purdy totaled five goals and three assists to lead Springfield to the 18-12 victory over Bates College.

The Pride (2-3) held a slim, 7-6, lead at halftime, before going on a 7-1 run to put the contest out of reach. Freshman Taylor Brown added four goals and two assists.

The Bobcats (4-6) were led by junior attackman Brad Frost with three goals and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Matt Bognacki captured three goals.

Women’s lacrosse
Amherst 17, Colby 12

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior midfielder Liz Martin paced Amherst with six goals for a 17-12 victory over Colby College in NESCAC women’s lacrosse action Saturday.

The Jeffs (3-0) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the White Mules (3-3) mounted a furious comeback to even up the score at 7-7 early in the second half when senior Ally King weaved through a pair of defenders and netted her third goal of the contest.

The Jeffs regained the lead when Martin sent a missile past senior goalie Anna Scherr. Amherst found the back of the net nine more times to seal the win.

Bowdoin 11, Connecticut 10

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Colleen McDonald netted five goals for Bowdoin, including the game-winner in the second overtime frame, to power the Polar Bears to an 11-10 victory.

Catherine Clark sparked the Camels offense with four goals in the first half to push Connecticut (1-4) to a 6-3 lead at intermission.

The Polar Bears (4-1) reversed the momentum in the second half and with 1:54 remaining in regulation, McDonald netted her third goal of the frame to even up the contest at 9-9 and force overtime.

Though the combatants matched goals in the first overtime frame, McDonald managed to pop off a goal with just one second remaining in the second overtime. Kendall Cox stopped 13 shots in net for the Polar Bears.

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