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Southern Maine Splits Two Games in Florida

Sophomore Andrew Olszak went 6 for 11 with seven RBI in two games Saturday (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Andrew Olszak went 6 for 11 with seven RBI in two games Saturday (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Defeat Westfield State 11-2, Fall to Oswego 15-14

            AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The University of Southern Maine baseball team split its two non-conference games in Florida on Saturday defeating Westfield State University 11-2 in the morning game before falling in a slugfest to SUNY Oswego 15-14 in the afternoon.

            The split leaves the Huskies with a 4-5 mark heading into the final game of their Florida swing tomorrow against Franklin and Marshall College in Winter Haven, Florida.  Westfield State finished its Florida trip at 6-6-1.  In addition to its win over the Huskies, Oswego defeated SUNY Fredonia in the morning and has won its last three to stand at 8-5. 

Game One

            Sophomore right-hander Cage Feeney (Cutler, Maine/Washington Academy) earned his first win of the season going 6.1 innings against the Owls.  Feeney gave up two runs on five hits while striking out nine.  He did not walk a batter.

            Sophomore Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and juniors Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) and Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) led the Huskies' 11-hit attack with two hits apiece.  Olszak had three RBI and Dexter had two.

            USM blew open a 4-2 game scoring seven times, all with two outs, in the seventh inning.  Olszak ignited the rally with a two-run double.  USM used seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman for their big inning.  Rookie Daren Wood (Wiscasset, Maine) got his first career hit, a two-run single, in the uprising.

            Junior Anthony Crowley (Bellingham, Mass.) accounted for one of the Owls' runs with his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning.  Rookie starting pitcher Vincenzo Camera (East Haven, Conn.) pitched well before running out of gas in the seventh.  Camera surrendered seven runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks.  He struck out five. 

Game Two

            Junior Mike Dellicarri (Congers, N.Y.) scored from third base on a wild pitch to end the Huskies-Lakers slugfest in the afternoon.  Dellicarri stroke a one-out double off USM closer Dexter in the ninth and moved to third on a wild pitch.  Following walks to seniors John Barnes (Greenwich, N.Y.) and Eli Holton (Hancock, N.Y.) to load the bases, Dexter let go another wild pitch to allow Dellicarri to score the winning run.

            The teams combined for 37 hits off nine pitchers.  Junior Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) led the Huskies' 19-hit attack going 5 for 5, including a single-game record-tying three doubles.  Olszak went 4 for 6, including a double, with four RBI, and Quintal was 3 for 5, including a single-game record tying two triples and a home run, with three runs scored and three RBI.  Dexter also had a home run and three RBI.

            Dellicarri, Barnes and senor Robert Donnelly (New City, N.Y.) paced the Lakers' 18-hit offensive with three hits apiece.

            Dexter took the loss on the hill for USM going one inning and allowing three runs.  Junior Matt Bowman (Endicott, N.Y.), the last of five Oswego pitchers, got his second win of the season with one scoreless inning of relief.