Huskies Extend Winning Streak to 15 Games
PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Sophomore Kip Richard (Kennebunk, Maine) snapped a 6-6 tie in the 12th inning with a sacrifice fly and the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies went on to defeat the Plymouth State University Panthers 8-6 in the nightcap of the teams' Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park on Saturday. The Huskies took the first game by a score of 6-3.
The sweep extends the Huskies' winning streak to 15 games, and improves their overall record to 22-7. The Huskies sit atop the LEC standings with a 9-0 mark. The double dip dropped the Panthers to 12-13 on the season and 3-6 in conference play.
Sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine) paced the Huskies' 11-hit attack with three hits, and pitched the ninth inning to record his seventh save of the season. Junior Sam Stauble (Harrison, Maine/Bridgton Academy) and rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) had two hits apiece for the Huskies.
Sophomore right-hander Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford Hills) picked up his fourth win of the season going 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high 12.
USM jumped out quickly getting a run in the first inning on a solo homer by Stauble. Richard drove in the Huskies' second run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly. The Huskies made it 5-0 with three runs in the third on an RBI single from senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) and a two-run homer by Hapworth. The round tripper was the eighth of the season for Hapworth.
PSU got two runs back in the home half of the third when senior James Garnet (Newport, R.I.) hit a two-run shot to center field. Garnet, who had three of PSU's five hits in the game, would account for the Panthers' final run with a solo homer to left field in the sixth.
Southern Maine added an insurance run in the eighth when senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) tagged a solo home run, his fourth of the season.
Sophomore David Simpson (Bellingham, Mass.) went eight innings on the hill for PSU and took the loss.
Southern Maine scored twice in the 12th inning to take the victory. McDonough walked to lead off the inning. Dexter singled, and a Panther error on a sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the bases for Richard. The sophomore lifted a fly ball to center field to score McDonough and advance Dexter to third. Rookie Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) then laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Dexter.
Plymouth State tied the game in the bottom of the ninth against Dexter. After getting two outs, Dexter walked sophomore Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.). Senior Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.) nearly won the game for the Panthers with a double off the right-center field fence to score Goulet, forcing the game into extra frames.
USM had built a 6-1 lead in the fifth with three runs in the third, a single run in the fourth on a home run by sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood), and two more in the fifth.
Plymouth State got three in its half of the fifth on a two-run double by freshman Andrew Salta (Laconia, N.H.) and a sac fly from Leitch.
Goulet drove in a run with a single in the seventh to make it a one-run game.
Plymouth State outhit USM in the nightcap 13-9. Salta had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Leitch, senior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) and junior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass/Wachusett Regional) had two hits. Krajewski hit a solo homer in the second for the Panthers first run. Quintal, Stauble and Hapworth were repeat hitters for the Huskies.
Dexter picked up his third win of the season going 5 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on five hits and three walks while fanning eight. Junior Ryan Perro (Glen Head, N.Y.) took the loss working seven innings in relief.
Southern Maine is back in action on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) traveling to the University of Massachusetts Boston. Plymouth State hosts New England College tomorrow (12:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.