Southern Maine opens New England Regional with win vs. Daniel Webster
HARWICH, Mass. -- Junior left-hander Logan Carman spun a three-hitter en route to his first career shutout as top-seeded Southern Maine opened play in the 2013 NCAA New England Regional tournament by blanking eighth-seeded Daniel Webster 5-0 at Whitehouse Field.
With the victory, the Huskies advance to Game 7 of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament and will face fourth-seeded Western New England on Thursday. WNEU moved into Game Seven after posting a 5-2 win against fifth-seeded MIT in the opening game of the tournament.
The Huskies extended their current winning streak to six games and raised their overall record to 38-7. The 38 wins is one shy of the school record of 39 wins set by the 1997 team.
Daniel Webster, champions of the New England Collegiate Conference, fell to 28-11 on the season. DWC will play MIT in an elimination game on Thursday morning.
Carman did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when the Eagles got back-to-back singles from seniors Tyler Bonin and Rich Lizotte to open the inning. Carman got the next batter on a strikeout, but threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Carman induced an infield popout for the second out before hitting senior Joe Morin with a pitch to load the bases. He got out of the jam, getting senior Josh Chasse to line out to right field.
Carman retired the Eagles in order in the sixth and seventh innings. The Eagles mounted a two-out threat in the eighth when Chasse walked and senior Darrik Marstaller singled, but Carman got the final out on a fly ball to right field. Carman set the Eagles down in order in the ninth to secure his 11th win of the season; tying the USM single-season record for wins set by Robert Aceto in 1991. Carman had five strikeouts in the game.
DWC senior starter Greg Dubela, who came into the game sporting an 8-0 record and a 1.39 ERA, matched Carman through the first three innings, permitting only one hit. The Huskies managed a run in the fourth inning when junior Forrest Chadwick singled with one out, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on junior Chris Bernard's RBI single.
Dubela set the Huskies down in order in the fifth and sixth innings before giving up two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Chadwick singled to lead off the inning. After two fly ball outs, Chadwick stole second. He scored when junior John Carey doubled down the right field line. Carey moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by junior Matt Verrier.
USM added two more insurance runs in the eighth when senior Tucker White slammed a two-run homer. The home run was the 10th of the season and the 22nd of Tucker's career.
For the Huskies, freshman Sam Dexter and Chadwick had two hits apiece.