Endicott breaks out the lumber to subdue No. 5 Southern Maine, 16-7
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Junior Harry Oringer and senior EJ Martinez drove in five runs apiece Friday to lead Endicott College to a 16-7 victory against No. 5 Southern Maine.
The win was the fifth consecutive for the Gulls (7-2). The Huskies (10-4) had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Oringer had a home run and two singles while Martinez had a double and two singles to pace the Gulls’ 17-hit attack. Freshman Cam Farnham and sophomore Matthew Paolo each had a double and two singles. Every player in the Gulls lineup had at least one hit.
Rookie southpaw reliever Luke Morse picked up his second win of the season giving up one run on three hits and three walks in 2.2 innings of work. Senior Connor McLaughlin and freshman Colby Morris followed Morse on the hill and combined for 2.1 scoreless innings.
For USM, senior Forrest Chadwick equaled the Huskies’ school single-game record with two triples. Rookie Matt Bender had a double and a single, and senior Troy Thibodeau had a pair of singles. Sophomore Nick DiBiase had a double and three RBI.
Senior right-hander Chris Bernard started on the mound and was tagged with his second loss of the season.
USM took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Chadwick tripled and Bernard followed with a single. The Gulls responded with four runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good. Senior Tad Gold drove in the first run with a single, and Paolo followed with an RBI double. Martinez drove in Gold and Paolo with a double to right to make it 4-1.
DiBiase pulled the Huskies within one with a two-run double in the second inning, but Endicott broke the game open in the third, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring seven runs. Martinez brought in the first run with a bases-loaded walk that ended Bernard’s day on the hill. Farnham had an RBI single later in the inning, and Oringer hit a three-run homer to left center to cap the rally.
Southern Maine cut the deficit to 11-7 with three runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth. In the fourth, Bender had an RBI single, DiBiase picked up his third RBI with a fielder’s choice, and rookie Paul McDonoughhit a solo home run. Chadwick had his second triple in the fifth, and scored on Bernard’s groundout.
Endicott added four insurance runs in the fifth, and one more in the seventh. Martinez had RBI singles in both innings.