May 17, 2013

COLLEGE BASEBALL: USM moves on in tournament

BY JAY N. MILLER Special to the Portland Press Herald

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Huskies catcher Matt Verrier singled to left, driving home two runs, and took second on the throw. Breton got one out, but then walked Jake Glauser, which ended his stint. WNEC righthander Mike Lospinuso got out of the inning with two groundouts, but not before Carey scored to close the gap to 5-4.

Southern Maine took the lead with another rally in the top of the seventh. White led off with a single, but was erased on a fielder's choice. But when Bernard blasted a double to center field, Grady scored all the way from first base with the tying run. After another out, a Verrier fly ball handcuffed the Golden Bears outfield and Bernard sprinted home. The Huskies had their first lead with the unearned run, at 6-5.

Southern Maine chased Lospinuso in the top of the ninth, yet couldn't pad their lead. White led off and reached on an error. Grady then executed a perfect hit-and-run, rapping a single behind the runner into right field, as White raced to third base. After a popup, Lospinuso was replaced with Kevin Jefferis, who fanned the next two hitters.

Richards set the WNEC batters down in order in the ninth, but not before White had to make a dazzling running catch at the fence on a Buckley blast.

The Huskies 11-hit attack was paced by Bernard and Verrier who had two hits and two rbi apiece. Richards allowed just three hits over his four innings.

"We can't look too far ahead in this tournament," said Flaherty. "We just have to play the next game and go from there. We're just lucky we have so many guys who can play so many positions, and play them well. Now, we just want to hear that our shortstop Sammy Dexter is going to be okay. It seemed like flu symptoms, and we're hoping that's all it was."

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