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USM Spring sports early season update

Patrick Higgins

Posted on April 14, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

Byline: Nick Beauchesne, Sports editor

Baseball:

The Huskies find themselves at 8-5 with one game remaining in the early season non-conference schedule. Having beaten Bowdoin College Wednesday by a score of seven to two, the Huskies are looking to rebound from a stretch where they had lost three out of four games. Led by reigning DIII player of the year in senior  Sam Dexter (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee) and sophomore Sam Stauble (Harrison, ME/ Bridgeton Academy) USM opens up conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at UMASS-Dartmouth.

Softball:

At 13-3, USM softball finds itself off to a great start to open up the season. The Huskies have won five straight, including a three game stretch most recently where they have outscored their opponents by a count of 20-1. Solid pitching and defense have allowed USM to keep their opponents off the scoreboard, but the Huskies have not been struggling to put up crooked numbers themselves of late. With a team batting average of .330 on the season, to go with an opponent batting average of just .281, USM seems ready to continue their hot start going into Little East conference play.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team is coming off of a 9-6 win Wednesday night against St. Joseph’s college at Fitzpatrick Stadium. With the win, the team moves to five and three on the season. Their next game is a home matchup against conference rival Keene State on Saturday the 16th at 1:00 pm.

Women’s Lacrosse

The lady Huskies lost a close conference matchup last Saturday against Eastern Connecticut State by a score of 8-6. The loss drops USM to one and five on the season, but plenty of opportunities are coming up in the schedule to get right against conference opponents in the near future.The first of these chances is this Saturday when the team travels to UMASS Dartmouth for a 1:00 pm game.

Men’s Tennis

Off to a 3-0 start to the season, the men’s tennis team seems to be rolling at the right time as the season moves into the middle portion of the schedule. The team swept Johnson St. 9-0 Thursday afternoon. Paced by two-time conference player of the year Tyler Adams (Buxton, ME/ Bonny Eagle), USM looks to continue its hot start.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

The women’s track and field team returned to the northeast after a southern swing through Florida to open up the Spring season. With two scored meets under their belt, USM has two impressive finishes of second and fourth place out of 18 and 26 teams respectively. The team looks to open up regional competition strong as they attend the Bowdoin Invitational this Saturday.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

The Huskies head to Fitchburg State this Saturday. With a fifth place finish at the season opening meet at Tufts, the Huskies are hoping to build on that showing and take strides over the course of the season. The 4X400 relay team was recognized as the relay unity of the week for the Little East Conference during the first week of the season. If other units and individuals can step up similarly, USM would be well positioned to make a strong showing this season.