Southern Maine beats Endicott for seventh regional title since 1989
HARWICH, Mass. -- Junior left-hander Logan Carman spun his second-career shutout in five days as Southern Maine blanked Endicott 9-0 Sunday afternoon to win the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional played at Whitehouse Field.
The regional title is the seventh for the Huskies since 1989, and their first since capturing the 2001 title on the same field. The Huskies, 42-8 overall, advance on to play in the NCAA Division III National Finals in Appleton, Wis. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament begins Friday with the Huskies opening the tournament playing Millsaps.
After losing to Endicott on Friday, the Huskies came back on Saturday to beat Western New England to earn the right to play Endicott for the regional title. The Huskies, needing to win two games, beat the Gulls in Saturday's late game to force Sunday's winner-take-all final.
Carman came back on three days rest to limit the Gulls to seven hits and one walk while fanning four for his record setting 12th win of the season against no losses. Carman had shared the record for most wins in a season (11) with Robert Aceto. He set the previous mark in 1991 while leading the Huskies to their first NCAA title.
Senior Nick Grady and junior Matt Verrier paced the Huskies' 15-hit attack with three hits apiece. Grady's fourth-inning single was his 89th hit of the season setting a single-season record. Grady broke the previous mark of 88 hits set by former All-American Bob Prince in 1991. Grady now has 90 hits in 216 at bats (.417).
Juniors Troy Thibodeau and John Carey, senior Anthony Pisani and sophomore Jake Glauser each had two hits. Thibodeau hit his fourth home run of the season in the Huskies' five-run, ninth inning outburst that put the game away. Verrier, Thibodeau and Glauser each had two RBI.
Freshman Matt Paola was the lone Endicott hitter to figure out Carman going 4 for 4 with a double. Senior right-handed hurler Brendan Pittsley, who went 6.1 innings allowing three runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three, took the loss to finish the season 7-1. Endicott, playing in its first regional final, finished the season 35-14.
Southern Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Grady singled, advance to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Thibodeau's ground out, and scored on a second wild pitch from Pittsley.
Grady sparked the Huskies' two-run fourth inning with a lead off single. After a Verrier sacrifice moved Grady to second, Thibodeau singled up the middle to plate Grady. Pisani and Glauser followed with singles to bring Thibodeau around with the second run of the frame.
USM added an insurance run in the eighth when Glauser singled home Verrier who led off the inning with a single.
The Huskies blew the game open in the ninth with a five-run eruption. After walks to senior Tucker White and junior Forrest Chadwick, Grady greeted Endicott senior reliever Kevin Dupras with a run-scoring double. Verrier followed with a two-run single to make it 7-0. Junior reliever Connor McLaughlin came on for Endicott and Thibodeau hit his second pitch over the left-center field fence.
Paolo reached Carman for a one-out double in the ninth, but the southpaw hurler left him stranded getting two ground outs to end the game.