GORHAM, ME - Southern Maine (23-3) defeated Saint Joseph's
(21-10, 9-1 GNAC), 21-3, in a non-conference nine inning baseball
game on Thursday afternoon. The Monks mustered just four hits in
the loss, two of which were home runs by Ian
Lee '11 (Hampden, ME) and Michael
Burdin '10 (Gardiner, ME).
The win is the 11th straight for the Huskies, ranked fifth in latest national poll, and the loss for the Monks halts a five game winning streak.
Lee's solo blast off the scoreboard in left came in the top of the first with two out, giving the Monks an early 1-0 lead. All the momentum gained by Lee's long ball was lost in the bottom of the inning, however, as the Huskies managed to score seven two-out runs to take control of the game.
Burdin hit his fourth tater of the season, a deep shot to the power alley in left, came with one out in the third and cut the USM lead to 8-2. Southern Maine answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to gain a 12-2 advantage.
SJC catcher Travis Adams '10 (Saco, ME) helped the Monks tack on their final run with an RBI single in the fourth, scoring Eric LaBatte '11 (Rochester, NH), who reached on an error by Huskies second baseman Anthony Pisani '12 (Cheshire, CT).
Southern Maine went on to score nine unanswered runs to collect the victory. Saint Joseph's hasn't suffered a loss by such a large deficit, or allowed more than 20 runs in a game, in more than four seasons.
SJC starter Mason Roberge '11 (Franklin, NH) (0-2) lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing seven runs, three earned, four hits and two walks to suffer the loss. Andrew Keirstead '10 (Westbrook, ME), Shawn Hall '10 (West Newfield, ME), Chris Dion '11 (Lawrence, MA), Chris Nanof '10 (Clinton, MA) and Andrew Pooler '09 (Southwest Harbor, ME) all worked in relief. Nanof proved to be the most effective, with two strikeouts and one earned run off four hits in two innings.
USM starter Ryan Yates '12 (Norway, ME) plunked Ian Lee in the fifth inning, marking the 45th time a Monks batter has been hit by a pitch this season, which ties the program team single-season record, first achieved in 2007.
Huskies outfielder Ryan Pike '09 (Saco, ME) enjoyed a career day in the triumph. The senior slugger went 5-6 with three runs, nine RBI, two home runs and a double. The nine runs batted in ties a program single-season record. Josh Mackey '10 (Danvers, MA) was 3-5 with three runs, three RBI and was a long ball shy of posting a cycle. Starter Yates earned his first collegiate victory after allowing three runs, two earned, four hits and five walks while fanning three in 5 1/3 innings on the hill.
Saint Joseph's will host Emerson College on Saturday in a GNAC twin bill at 2:00 PM. USM will play at Plymouth State on Friday at 3:30 PM.