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Southern Maine Athletics | March 20, 2014

No. 3 Southern Maine sweeps doubleheader against Worcester

Forrest Chadwick

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Freshman right-hander Nick George threw a one-hit shutout in his first collegiate start Thursday to give No. 3 Southern Maine a doubleheader sweep of Worcester State. The Huskies won Game 1 by a 2-1 margin and took Game 2 by a 3-0 score.

Nick George surrendered a two-out single to junior Zach George in the first inning, then retired 19 in a row to gain his first win. He did not walk a batter, struck out three and faced only 22 batters.

In the opening game, sophomore Tyler Leavitt and junior Andrew Richards combined for a five-hitter as the Huskies downed the Lancers 2-1. The doubleheader sweep improved the Huskies' overall record to 7-2.  The Lancers have dropped five straight since a 3-1 start to fall to 3-6.

In the first game, the Huskies snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning, scoring an unearned run to take the win. With one out, freshman George Tsonis tripled to right field, and Paul McDonough followed with a walk to put runners at the corners. Tsonis scored on a throwing error when McDonough got caught in a rundown between first and second after being picked off.

In the second game, the Huskies gave Nick George all the runs he would need by scoring twice in the third inning. Junior Brendon Joyce led off the inning with a single, and advanced to third on a one-out single by McDonough. Joyce came home on a sacrifice fly by Carey, and McDonough moved up a base on a throwing error. Dexter followed with a double to right center to score McDonough.

USM added an insurance run in the sixth as senior Forrest Chadwick walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. After senior Chris Bernard walked, sophomore Nick DiBiase moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Jake Glauser brought Chadwick home with a squeeze bunt.