Southern Maine Drops Baseball in LEC Play

Southern Maine Drops Baseball in LEC Play

GORHAM, Maine -- Senior southpaw Tom Fortier earned his third win of the season pitching eight-plus innings as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons, 4-2, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game Tuesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, University of Southern Maine 4

UMass Boston (17-9, 4-3 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (18-7, 7-0 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Fortier pitched into the ninth inning giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven.  The Beacons nicked Fortier for a run on the first on an RBI triple by junior Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.), but were shut down over the next seven innings.  At one point, Fortier retired 10 consecutive Beacon hitters.

The Huskies scored all the runs they would need in the second inning pushing three runs across the plate.  USM loaded the bases on consecutive singles from senior Paul McDonough and sophomores Jake Dexter and Devin Warren.  Sophomore, Kip Richard brought home McDonough with a sacrifice fly to center.  After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet, rookie Andrew Olszak grounded a single through the left side to bring home both runners and give USM a 3-1 lead.

After Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) was pulled Bryan Kaufman (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was summoned from the bullpen and got the Beacons out of the inning without any further damage.  Last season, Burgos completely owned the Huskies as he went 2-0 against USM. 

Fortier and Kaufman matched zeros on the scoreboard from the third through the seventh innings.  USM got a big insurance run in the eighth inning when rookie Dylan Hapworth led off the inning with his seventh home run of the season.

UMB would not go quietly on the ninth.  Sophomore Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) led off the frame with a single to end Fortier's day.  USM sophomore left-handed reliever Matt Correale sandwiched a pair of outs around a double by sophomore Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) that put runners at second and third.  Correale surrendered a walk to load the bases, then hit rookie Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) with a pitch to force in a run.  The Huskies turned to Dexter to get the final out of the game via a strikeout.

Hapworth, Dexter and Olszak had two hits apiece to pace the Huskies' 10-hit attack.  Fowler, Herzog, Huegi and Josh Lopez had two hits each for the Beacons.  Burgos took the loss allowing three runs on five hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings.  Kaufman gave up just the one run on five hits without walking a batter and striking out five over 6 2/3 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Fowler extended his hit-streak to 19 straight games, while Kyle Boudrias saw his hit-streak end in Tuesday's loss
  • The 6.2 innings for Kaufman marked a season-long for the junior righty
  • Southern Maine ended the Beacons three-game win-streak over the Huskies with UMB winning all three meetings in 2016
  • Despite the loss, the Beacons still maintain a firm hold on third place in the conference standings.  UMass Dartmouth sits second at 6-1 with USM still leading the LEC

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to Salem State University tomorrow for a 3 p.m. non-conference game.

Information for this release provided by Southern Maine sports information department