Southern Maine Outslugs Rhode Island College
GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomores John Carey (South
Portland, Maine) and Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine) each had four RBI
as the University of Southern Maine pounded out 18 hits en route to
a 15-4 victory over the Rhode Island College Anchormen in an
elimination game of the 2012 Little East Conference Baseball
Championship Tournament being played at the USM Baseball
The win moves the Huskies into Game 10 of the six-team, double-elimination tournament, and improved their overall 25-17. The Anchormen finished the tournament with a 1-2 mark, and concluded their season 26-17.
The Huskies will play Keene State College in Game 10 of the tournament starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The winner of that game moves into the championship game against Plymouth State University at 2:00 p.m. All three teams have one loss.
Carey went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and four RBI while Verrier was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. Every member of the Huskies lineup at least one hit. Junior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine) and sophomore Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.) led the attack with three hits apiece.
Senior left-handed pitcher Greg Holmes (West Newbury, Mass.) started for the Huskies and went 5.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season. Holmes gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out two.
Freshman Dean Grasso (Cranston, R.I.) led the Anchormen with three hits, including a double, and senior Dan Hopkins (Cranston, R.I.) had a pair of safeties. Grasso finished the tournament going 9 for 14 at the plate.
Freshman right-hander Dylan Cummiskey (Warwick, R.I.) was saddled with the loss. Cummiskey surrendered four hits, two walks and hit two batters to give up five runs in 2.1 innings before being lifted.
The Huskies blew the game open early scoring six times on the third inning and four more times in the fourth inning to take an 11-0 lead. Carey and Verrier each had two-run singles in the third inning, and Verrier had another two-run single in the fourth.