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Southern Maine Stuns Husson 6-1

Erin Brown

Posted on April 19, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

Byline: Erin Brown Free Press Staff

Dexter tallies two runs and three RBIs in Huskies’ victory over Eagles.

Tuesday afternoon the University of Southern Maine Huskies took down the Husson University Eagles 6-1 with help from senior Sam Dexter (Oakland, ME/ Messalonskee) who smashed  a home run and tallied three RBI’s. Junior Paul McDonough (Wells, ME/ Wells) also contributed to the team’s success with two runs, three hits, and one RBI. With Tuesday afternoon’s win, the Huskies improved their 2016 season record to 14-5.

The Huskies went up early in the bottom of the first inning. With Paul McDonough on first base Sam Dexter doubled in McDonough to pick up the game’s first run. With sophomore Sam Stauble (Harrison, ME/ Bridgton Academy) up to bat, it was Dexter’s turn to cross home plate after a throwing error by Husson’s shortstop. Southern Maine headed back to the dugout after the first inning leading Husson 2-0.  

In the bottom of the third, with McDonough on second base, the Huskies’ lead doubled as Dexter stepped up to bat and homered to left field. As both rounded home plate, Dexter grabbed two more RBIs and the Huskies were up 4-0 over the Eagles.

Designated hitter McDonough assisted the Huskies again during the bottom of the fourth. After he was able to double to right center, freshman Kip Richard (Kennebunk, ME/ Kennebunk) advanced home for the Huskies when McDonough singled and picked up an RBI for himself in the process. Due to a fielding error, McDonough advanced to second and freshman Kyle O’Connor (Lynn, MA/ Lynn English) headed to third. The Huskies were up 5-0 when the Eagles intentionally walked Dexter to load the bases. The Eagles brought freshman Joe Skoczylas (Winthrop, MA/ Malden Catholic) to the mound to relieve sophomore Tommy Burns (Eddington, ME/ John Bapst. Memorial). After the change up, off of a wild pitch, O’Connor scored Southern Maine’s sixth and final run of the evening.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Eagles scored their lone run of the afternoon. Freshman outfield/pitcher, Alex Chapman (Westford, VT/ Bellows Free Academy) ran home from third base after a single from senior infielder JT Whitten (Waterville, ME/ Waterville Senior) drove him in. The Eagles could’ve doubled up on runs as freshman Mike Wong (Lewiston, ME/ Lewiston) was just behind Chapman on second but was beaten to third when senior leftfielder Nick Dibiase (Portland, ME/ Deering) connected with short-stop Dexter who found sophomore Brandon Martins (Manorville, NY/ Eastport South Manor) on third base to close out the inning and end any ideas Husson had of narrowing the margin.

Sophomore Bobby Delaney (Merrick, NY/ Kellenberg Memorial) picked up his first start of the season as pitcher and his first tally in the win column. Delaney threw six full innings, only allowing Husson five hits and one run.

Freshman Tanner Laberge (Windham, ME/ Windham) and senior Ryan Browner (Georgetown, MA/ Georgetown) both made their appearances on the mound during the game. Laberge came in to relieve Delaney at the top of the seventh and Browner for Laberge at the top of the ninth. Both held Husson hitless while on the mound

Tommy Burns started on the mound for the Eagles. After giving up six runs, Joe Skoczylas would relive Burns in the middle of the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Eagles made another switch on the mound as sophomore Steven Hanscom (Bar Harbor, ME/ Mount Desert Island) came in to finish out the game for Husson.

The Huskies will be back in action  on their home field Wednesday April 20th at 3:30 against the Endicott College Gulls and again Thursday April 21st at 3:30 against Babson College Beavers.

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