CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Southern Maine unleashed a 19-hit attack at MIT this afternoon that carried the Huskies past the Engineers, 16-4. Sophomore Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while senior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) led the Huskies with four hits in the win. Sophomore Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) drove in a pair of runs for MIT.
Southern Maine (10-3), ranked fifth in the latest NCBWA/D3Baseball.com poll, wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they pushed across four in the top of the first. After the Huskies leadoff batter walked, he then moved to second on an errant pick off attempt as was awarded third as well when it was ruled that the MIT pitcher stepped off before throwing to first. Dexter followed with an RBI single to left to plate the first run of the afternoon. Chadwick then doubled before senior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) doubled to left to make it 3-0. Junior Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) later added a two-out RBI single to complete the scoring.
Chadwick and senior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine) added RBI singles in the second as the Huskies scored three more to take a 7-0 lead. MIT (4-3) got on the board in the fourth when juniors Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) started the inning with a single and a double. With one down Helbert lashed a double to left center that gave the Engineers their first two tallies.
Southern Maine ended any hopes of a comeback attempt by MIT in the top of the fifth, answering the two runs by the Engineers with six more to put the game out of reach. Dexter and sophomore Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine) had the big hits for the Huskies, with each delivering singles that drove in a pair each.
Junior Reid Bishop's (Cypress, Texas) fielder's choice in the seventh and a groundout by freshman Spencer Bard (Lumberton, N.J.) in the ninth accounted for MIT's other two runs. Chadwick and Bernard added RBI singles for Southern Maine in the eighth.
Sophomore Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine) started for Southern Maine and improved to 3-1 on the season by going five innings and giving up four hits and two runs. He struck out three and walked three. Four pitchers followed Scates to the mound for the Huskies, with each throwing an inning.
MIT will be back at again tomorrow when the Engineers will host Brandeis University at 3:00 at Briggs Field. Southern Maine will also play tomorrow, traveling to Endicott College for a 3:30 p.m. game.