MANSFIELD, Conn. — Cam Seymour capped Southern Maine’s comeback from a late five-run deficit by hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Huskies a 7-6 win over Eastern Connecticut State in the final game of Little East Conference baseball championship series Friday.

Brogan Searle-Belanger led off the ninth with a double. One out later, Seymour hit a drive to left for his team-high 12th home run of the season.

USM (31-9) earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The tournament field will be announced Sunday night.

The second-seeded Huskies fell behind 5-0 and were held without a hit until the seventh inning, when they rallied for four runs. Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School graduate Janek Luksza and Tom Vesosky sandwiched RBI singles around a two-run single by Searle-Belanger.

Luksza then tied the game with another RBI single in the eighth.

Gage Feeney pitched five scoreless innings in relief for USM before Luke Broadhurst led off the ninth with a home run that put top-seeded Eastern Connecticut (32-6) back in front. Colton Lawrence came on to finish the inning and was credited with the win.


ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: Maine’s Nick Sinacola broke the America East single-season strikeout record, but Albany (22-21, 20-16 America East) got three runs in the eighth inning for a 3-0 extra-innings victory over the Black Bears (19-20, 14-17) in a doubleheader opener in Orono.

Sinacola (8-3) finished with 14 strikeouts to bring his season total to 128 – nine more than the previous conference record. But the Great Danes broke up a scoreless deadlock with two outs in the eighth, as Will Feil hit an RBI single and Johnny Marti followed with a two-run homer.

In Game 2, Marc Wangenstein hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the fourth inning and Marti added another two-run homer as Albany completed the sweep with a 9-3 win.


LINFIELD 10, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Katie Phillips drove in three runs and invoked the mercy rule with a two-run single in the fifth inning as the third-seeded Wildcats (37-7) beat the fourth-seeded Huskies (31-5-1) in the opening round of an NCAA Division III regional in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

USM will need to beat top-seeded Wisconsin-Oshkosh (25-11) on Saturday morning to stay alive in the double-elimination regional. Oshkosh won its first game, 4-2 against Illinois College.


USM scored in the top of the first on Lauren Leidemann-Smith sacrifice fly after singles by Erin Martin and Ashley Tinsman and a walk to Kaitlyn Nelson. But the Huskies were held to three hits the rest of the way, including a home run by Tinsman in the third inning.

Linfield got three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fifth.


UCONN: Coach Geno Auriemma’s contract has been extended through 2025 in a deal worth $15 million, school officials announced.

Athletic Director David Benedict said the five-year extension is retroactive to April 2020 and includes an annual base salary of $600,000. The Hall of Famer will get $2.2 million for speaking, consulting and media obligations in the first year, an amount that will increase $100,000 annually under the contract. It also includes bonuses based on postseason wins.

Auriemma, 67, has led UConn to a record 11 women’s national championships and 13 consecutive Final Fours.



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