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Southern Maine Holds Off Colby 9-6

Sophomore Henry Curran earned his first victory of the season with five shutout innings against Colby (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Henry Curran earned his first victory of the season with five shutout innings against Colby (file photo by Jason Johns).

(Courtesy of Colby College Sports Information)

Southern Maine Holds Off Colby 9-6

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine scored five runs in the fourth inning on the way to opening up a 9-1 lead before holding off a furious ninth-inning Colby College comeback to take a 9-6 victory in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Coombs Field.

            The Huskies, ranked fourth in New England, improved to 14-7 overall with their seventh straight win. Colby dropped to 5-14.

            The Mules scored five runs in the ninth inning, and had the bases loaded with the winning run at the plate. USM sophomore Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee), the fourth pitcher of the inning and the son of Colby assistant coach Tom Dexter, earned his third save of the year after getting the final out.

            Rookie Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, Maine) had two triples and a double to lead USM's offense.  Sophomore Zach Quintal (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood), who scored two runs and had a hit, led off the game with a single, stole second base, and came around to score on Hapworth's double in the first inning.

            The Huskies had four unearned runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-0.  Senior Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) had a one-out walk and promptly stole second base.  Dexter followed with a single to bring in the second run of the game.  After getting the second out, sophomore Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) reached on an error and advanced to second as Dexter went to third.  Junior Kyle Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled to bring in both runners.  After a walk to Quintal, senior Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) singled to bring in Heath from second base, and an error brought in Quintal.

            Hapworth led off the fifth inning with a triple and scored on McDonough's sacrifice fly to right field for a 7-0 margin.

            Colby broke the shutout in the sixth inning when senior Ryder Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) led off with a single. He advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by classmate Noah Tocci (Weston, Mass.).

            The Huskies scored what turned out to be important runs in the seventh and ninth innings. McDonough had a one-out walk, stole second, and moved to third on a grounder to the right side. Sophomore Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) had a two-out single to make it 8-1.

            Hapworth smacked a one-out triple and later scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning.

            Senior Grant Lowensohn (Fort Collins, Colo.) led off the Colby ninth with a single and took second on a single by sophomore Noah Paredes (Bedford, Mass./Malden Catholic).  After USM got the first out, junior Matt Treveloni (Ashland, Mass./Rivers School) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Arsenault had a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Lowensohn.  Rookie William Wessman (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) walked to load the bases again and junior Bobby Forese (New Canaan, Conn./St. Luke's School) picked up an RBI with a walk to force in Paredes with the third run.

            The Huskies elected to go with their third pitcher of the inning, but he was greeted by an RBI single from sophomore Matt Mitchell (Wayzata, Minn./Blake School) to plate Treveloni.  First-year George Schmidt (Worcester, Mass./Pomfret School) walked to bring in Wessman, and Lowensohn, batting for the second time, walked to force in Forese.

            Dexter, the closer for USM, suddenly was summoned into a save situation and he got the last out by fielding a comeback grounder for the final out.

            Bender finished with two hits and an RBI for the winners. McDonough scored twice and walked two times, while Heath had two hits.

            Lowensohn had a hit and two walks to lead Colby.

            USM sophomore left-hander Henry Curran (South Portland, Maine) started the game and earned his first win of the season.  Curran pitched five shutout innings, struck out five, and walked two.

            Southern Maine will travel to Saint Joseph's College (Me.) on Thursday (3:00 p.m.).  Colby will host Tufts University for a three-game NESCAC series starting with a single game on Friday (3:00 p.m.)