STANDISH – Husson College got a strong pitching performance from sophomore Chad Lavway and Nick Arthers collected three hits as they downed the University of Maine at Farmingon in the the elmination game of the NAC Tournament.

Husson would later rally to eliminate Castleton State 6-5 in the nightcap to advance to the NAC finals on Sunday with St. Joseph’s College.

St. Joseph’s 12, Castleton State 1

STANDISH – Wade Oliver paced a 16-hit attack with three singles and a double as St. Joseph’s cruised to a 12-1 victory over first seed Castleton State in the NAC Tournament .

Dustin Spiller ripped a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. Luke Enman also smacked a homer for the Monks (29-8) while driving in two. Hurler Mike Burdin pitched seven and 1/3 innings only surrendering a run on one hit.

The Monks will look for their third consecutive NAC title when they face Husson College in the championship game on Sunday.

Maine sweeps Vermont

ORONO – The University of Maine swept a doubleheader from Vermont, 5-0 and 10-1, behind a two-hit shutout from Brad Hertzler and another outstanding pitching performance from senior Greg Norton in baseball action Saturday.

In Game 1, the Black Bears (16-26) capped the scoring with their fifth run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt McGraw singled and stole both second and third, before scoring on a Curt Smith single to left field.

The five runs were more than enough for Hertzler who allowed just two hits, while fanning eight batters.

In the nightcap, Maine jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when McGraw singled and scored on a Smith sacrifice fly. McGraw collected five steals in the doubleheader.

The Black Bears added three runs in the second inning and another three in the fourth. In the fourth inning, McGraw singled to center field and Jackson reached on a sacrifice fielders’ choice. Smith followed with a three-run dinger to left field, giving Maine a 7-0 lead.

USM sweeps UMass-Dartmouth

GORHAM – The University of Southern Maine locked up the third seed in the upcoming LEC championship tournament with a sweep of UMass-Dartmouth in their regular season finale, 7-2 and 5-0.

In the opener, USM scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning and tacked on four more runs in the eigth to seal the victory. Freshman Collin Henry picked up the victory for his third of the season.

Freshman Mark Schmidt combined with Pat Foley and Tim Therrian for a five hit shutout. The Huskies scored the only run they would need on a sac fly by senior Max Arsenault for a 1-0 lead. Ryan Bourque collected three hits for the Huskies (25-13).

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