May 12, 2012



Gorham, MaineTop-seeded Southern Maine eliminated third-seeded Rhode Island College, 15-4, in game eight of the 2012 Little East Conference Tournament played at the USM Baseball Stadium.


The Anchormen (26-17) will now hope for an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on Monday, May 14. Southern Maine advances to face the winner of sixth-seeded Plymouth State and second-seeded Keene State tomorrow afternoon (noon).


Freshman right fielder Dean Grasso (Cranston, RI) continued his strong play at the LEC tourney, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Senior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI)  went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.


Freshman Dylan Cummiskey (Warwick, RI) took the loss (3-2).


 Sophomores John Carey (South Portland, Maine) and Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine) each had four RBI. Carey went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Verrier was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.  Every member of the Huskies lineup at least one hit.  Junior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine) and sophomore Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, MA) led the attack with three hits apiece. 


Southern Maine scored in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead, but six runs in the third and four in the fourth put the Anchormen behind the eight ball for the rest of the game.


RIC finally got on the board in the fourth as sophomore designated hitter Alex Verrecchia (Cranston, RI) was walked with the bases loaded and junior third baseman Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) contributed a sacrifice fly.


In the sixth, senior pinch hitter Victor Baez (Providence, RI) brought in one with a sacrifice fly, while Hopkins capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.


Senior left-handed pitcher Greg Holmes (West Newbury, MA) started for the Huskies and went 5.1 innings to pick up his first win (1-2) of the season.  Holmes gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out two.