Endicott Downs Southern Maine 10-6
BEVERLY, Mass. -- The Endicott College Gulls took advantage of some timely hitting, walks and two costly University of Southern Maine errors to post a 10-6 victory in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at cold North Field.
The win snapped the Gulls' two-game losing streak and improved their record to 7-5 overall. The Huskies dropped to 7-5 overall. The two teams will meet again at USM on April 19.
Despite being outhit 8-7, the Gulls made the most of their scoring opportunities to earn their fourth straight win against the Huskies. Five of the Gulls' seven hits went for extra bases.
The Gulls scored twice in the first inning without the benefit of a hit, and added two unearned runs in the second to take the lead for good. In the first, the first three EC batters reached base on walks to load the bases. Senior Mike Kochiss (Fairfield, Conn.) brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly, and an error on the relay throw to third base allowed the second run to score on the play.
USM drew level in the second making EC pay for an infield error as sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) brought home two runs with a double to left-center field.
A two-out infield error in the home half of the second put the Gulls back out in front to stay. Junior Michael Casciano (Somers, Conn.) knocked in classmate Nick Berno (St. Albans, Vt.), who reached on the error that allowed the first run to score, with a double down the left-field line.
Endicott tacked up two runs in the fourth, and four runs in the fifth to go up 10-2. Rookie Joseph Deutsch (Fairfield, Conn.) drove in a run in the fourth with a double and later scored on a fielder's choice. In the fifth, Kochiss delivered a run with a double, and would score on a bases loaded wild pitch. Deutsch collected his second RBI with a fielder's choice groundout, and sophomore pinch hitter Matt Bald (De Pere, Wis.) doubled in the fourth run.
USM struck back in the sixth inning when senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) hit a three-run homer to left center to close the gap to 10-5. McDonough picked up his fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to account for the final run.
Sophomores Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) and Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) had two hits apiece to lead the Huskies' attack. Rookie Ian Schmidt (Plymouth, Conn.) was the lone repeat hitter for Endicott going 3 for 3 with three runs scored.
Senior right-hander Colby Morris (Newburyport, Mass.), making his first career start, went five innings to pick up the win for Endicott. Morris gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Graduate student Nick Quattro (Canton, Conn.) earned a save pitching the final four innings.
Sophomore southpaw Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.), the second of six USM hurlers, was tagged with the loss. Correale surrendered four runs (two earned) on four hits and no walks while fanning four in 3 2/3 innings. He entered the game in the first inning with the bases loaded and no outs.
Southern Maine looks to bounce back on Friday when it travels to Cambridge, Mass., to face M.I.T. in a single game. Endicott will host M.I.T. tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m.).