Southern Maine Sweeps Rhode Island College 13-6 and 12-4
GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) hit a record tying three home runs to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 12-4 victory over the Rhode Island College Anchormen in the second game of the teams Little East Conference (LEC) doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.
Southern Maine swept the doubleheader coming from behind in the opener with a combined eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a 13-6 win. The two wins stretched the Huskies winning streak to 10 games, and improved their overall record to 17-7. USM sits atop the LEC standings with a 6-0 mark. The Anchormen have dropped their last three games slipping back to .500 at 12-12 overall, and 1-5 in LEC play.
Hapworth went 4 for 5 with four RBI in the nightcap, including solo home runs in the third and fifth innings. The rookie outfielder had an infield single leading off the seventh, and hit a towering fly ball down the left-field line in the eighth for a two-run homer. Hapworth equaled the USM single-game record of three home runs set by Pete Misiaszek in 1993, and equaled by Craig Gureckis in 2002 and Eddie Skeffington in 2008.
The Huskies had to come from behind in the opener as the Anchormen roughed up USM sophomore starter Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford Hills) for six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and one walk over the first 4 2/3 innings.
The Anchormen erase a 1-0 deficit with four runs on the third inning on two-run singles from sophomore Mike Webb (Pawtucket, R.I.) and rookie Nate Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.). USM responded in the home half of the third with two runs on a Hapworth double.
Rhode Island College added a single run in the fourth on an RBI triple from junior Brad Douglas (Wakefield, R.I.), and another in the fifth on an RBI double from senior Nate Cahoone (Westerly, R.I.) that ended Rice's day
USM picked up single runs in the fifth and sixth to stay within one of RIC. Hapworth scored in the fifth on an RBI groundout from sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee). Junior Sam Stauble (Harrison, Maine/Bridgton Academy) drove in a run in the sixth with a double.
The Huskies scored twice in the seventh on an RBI double from junior Kyle Heath (Westbrook, Maine) and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Kaleb Bridgham (Minot, Maine/Poland Regional) to take the lead 7-6.
USM added sixth runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run single from Hapworth and Dexter's two-run homer to clinch the win.
Southern Maine pounded out 18 hits against four RIC hurlers. Stauble and senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) led the way with three hits apiece. Hapworth went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBI, and Dexter had three RBI. Senior Tom Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) picked up his second win throwing 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, and sophomore Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.) earned a save.
Douglas led the Anchormen's12-hit attack with a triple and two singles. Rookie reliever Riley Miller (Newport, R.I.) was tagged with the loss.
Southern Maine jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap on a two-run homer in the first from Stauble, and two runs in the second on an RBI groundout from rookie Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and an RBI single from senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.).
RIC scored three unearned runs in the third when senior Austin Barry (North Kingstown, R.I.) launched a two-out, three-run homer to left field after a costly USM infield error.
Hapworth hit his fourth homer of the season leading off the home half of the third. Hapworth's second round tripper, a one-out lined shot over the left-center field fence, in the fifth inning countered a RIC run in the top half of the frame.
The Huskies added an unearned run in the sixth on a Bender single, two more in the seventh on a two-run single by Dexter, and three in the eighth to pull away. Bender had a sacrifice fly RBI before Hapworth hit his third home run of the game.
USM relievers Gage Feeney (Cutler, Maine/Washington Academy), Correale and Dexter combined to three 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Feeney picked up his second win of the season with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Hapworth led the Huskies' 15-hit attack with four hits. Bender had three hits and two RBI while Stauble and Dexter had two hits and two RBI apiece.
Rookie Rommy Morel (Providence, R.I.) was the lone repeat hitter for the Anchormen who were limited to five hits in the game. Sophomore starter Mike Webb (Pawtucket, R.I.) was saddled with his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Southern Maine will host the University of Massachusetts Boston on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game. Rhode Island College hosts Suffolk University in a non-conference game on Monday (4:00 p.m.).