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USM Hosts LEC Baseball Championship Tournament

Six teams will battle for Little East Conference supremacy this week at Ed Flaherty Field.  The six-team, double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday morning.
Six teams will battle for Little East Conference supremacy this week at Ed Flaherty Field. The six-team, double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday morning.

USM Hosts LEC Baseball Championship Tournament

            GORHAM, Maine -- For the ninth time in the 21-year history of the Little East Conference Baseball Championship Tournament, the University of Southern Maine will be the host site for the annual event that gets underway this Wednesday morning.  The Huskies won the right to host the tournament by winning the regular-season title and are the top seed.

            The tournament is a six-team, double-elimination format featuring three games per day the first three days, and two games if necessary on the final day (see schedule below).  All games will be played at Ed Flaherty Field on USM's Gorham campus.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.  Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

            Southern Maine opens the tournament playing sixth-seeded Keene State College at 9:30 a.m.  Second-seeded University of Massachusetts will take on fifth-seeded Rhode Island College in game two starting at 12:30 p.m.  In the final game on Wednesday, third-seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth takes on fourth-seeded, and defending champion, Eastern Connecticut State University at 3:30 p.m.  The higher seeded team will be the home team on the first day.

            The Huskies are aiming for their fourth tournament championship since 2012, and sixth all-time.

            Veteran USM head coach Ed Flaherty's team comes into the tournament having won 21 of its last 23 games.  Newcomers Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) and Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) lead the Huskies' potent offense that heads into the tournament with a .328 team batting average.  Hapworth leads the team batting .430 with 24 extra-base hits and 39 RBI.  Quintal is batting .357 with 17 extra-base hits and 24 RBI.  Sophomores Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) are hitting .354 and .346 respectively.

            Sophomore right-hander Dalton Rice (Waterford, Maine/Oxford Hills) leads the pitching staff with a 6-1 record and a 3.06 ERA.  Senior left-handers Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) and Tom Fortier (Falmouth, Maine), and sophomore southpaw Henry Curran (South Portland, Maine), all have three wins.  Dexter and sophomore Matt Correale (Peabody, Mass.) have combined for eight wins and 11 saves coming out of the bullpen.

            The winner of the LEC tournament will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament that begins next week with eight regional tournaments across the country.

 

2017 Little East Conference Baseball Championship Tournament
(six-team, double-elimination, at Gorham, Maine) 

Day One, Wednesday, May 10

Game 1

#6 Keene State (14-21, 5-9) vs. #1 Southern Maine (28-9, 12-2)

9:30

Game 2

#5 Rhode Island College (17-17, 5-9) vs. #2 UMass Boston (29-9, 11-3)

12:30

Game 3

#4 Eastern Connecticut (20-14, 7-7) vs. #3 UMass Dartmouth (22-18, 9-5)

3:30

 

Day Two, Thursday, May 7

Game 4

Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2

9:30

Game 5

Winner of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 3

12:30

Game 6

Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3

3:30

 

Day Three, Friday, May 8

To be determined by the number of teams still alive

Game 7

 

9:30

Game 8

 

12:30

Game 9

 

3:30

 

Day Four, Saturday, May 9

To be determined by the number of teams still alive

Game 10

 

12:00

Game 11

(if necessary, 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 10)

 
 
 

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