PLYMOUTH, N.H. -The University of Southern Maine pounded out 31 hits and scored 30 runs Saturday afternoon to sweep Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader at Panther Park, 14-2 and 16-1.
USM took the first game to support the strong starting pitching of junior Marc Cahill (Lynn, Mass.), then came back in the nightcap to win behind sophomore right-hander Tip Fairchild (Monmouth, Maine) and three relievers. The two wins extended the Huskies' winning streak to seven games. USM is now 17-8-1 overall and 7-2 in the conference. Plymouth State had its losing streak stretched to five games to fall to 3-22 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
In the opener, PSU starter Mike Bradbury (Chatham, Mass.) pitched well through seven innings before tiring in the eighth. The Huskies exploded for 11 runs over the final two innings to break open a one-run game and Bradbury absorbed his fourth loss against one win.
The Panthers had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) doubled and scored on an RBI single by sophomore C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.). PSU scored its only other run in the sixth when Rousseau reached on an error, sophomore Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.) and senior Vinny Smith (Alvord, Iowa) followed with singles, and Rousseau came home on a bases-loaded walk to senior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.).
In the nightcap, the Huskies scored in six of the first seven innings to give Fairchild plenty of run support. PSU freshman Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H.), who worked into the sixth inning, took the loss.
The Panthers could manage only one run in the second game when sophomore Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) reached on an error in the first inning and came around to score on a double by Rousseau.
The Huskies blew the game open in the sixth inning by sending 13 batters to the plate. They took advantage of four walks, a hit batsman, two PSU errors and three timely hits to score eight runs.
Southern Maine returns home to take on Thomas College Sunday in a non-conference doubleheader (12:00 p.m.). Plymouth State will take on the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a doubleheader at Husson College, also on Sunday.
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