GORHAM – Ben Goodall singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Thursday and Thomas went on to a 7-5 victory against the University of Southern Maine in a nonconference baseball game.

It was the first victory for Thomas against USM since April 19, 1984.

Goodall’s single for the Terriers (11-19) broke a 5-5 tie.

Trailing 5-2, the Huskies (14-13) got two runs back in the sixth on a two-run double by Lucas Marks, then tied the game on a homer by Greg Holmes in the seventh.

Collin Henry and Nick Grady had two hits apiece for Southern Maine.

CENTRAL MAINE CC 8, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 6: Justin Staires singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to help the Mustangs get by the Seawolves (18-17, 10-5 YSCC) at South Portland.

Stairs finished with three hits and a run.

Central Maine took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Southern Maine tied it on Scott Madden’s RBI triple and Montana Colby’s sacrifice fly.

FOOTBALL

BCS: The Bowl Championship Series released its formula for determining how conferences such as the Mountain West can earn an automatic bid to the big-money bowls.

The BCS said it has three ways to measure conference strength. They are the ranking of the highest-ranked team in the final BCS standings, the final regular-season computer rankings of all the teams in a conference, and the number of teams in the top 25 in the final BCS standings.

These rankings are compiled over a four-year period and the conferences are measured against each other.

Six conferences — the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Pac-10 — have automatic bids that are contractually bound through the 2013 season.

Another conference could earn an automatic bid if it hits certain targets in all three categories.

For the first two categories, the goal for leagues such as the Mountain West or Western Athletic Conference is to be ranked among the six best conferences in the country.

A points system is used in the third category that takes into account how each team in a conference is ranked at the end of the season.

“putting out the data we’re hoping we can uncomplicate it,” said the BCS executive director, Bill Hancock.

 

BOISE STATE: Coach Chris Petersen’s new five-year, $8 million contract was approved by the Idaho state board of education.

Trustees voted 8-0 to approve the new deal.

TRACK

PENN RELAYS: Phoebe Wright and Jackie Areson led Tennessee to its second straight Penn Relays women’s distance medley victory and third in four years.

The Volunteers finished in 10 minutes, 54.65 seconds — the ninth-fastest time in event history. Wright ran the third leg in 2:02:12, handing a large lead to Areson.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

LOUISIANA-MONROE: LSU assistant Keith Richard was hired as coach.

Richard took over for Orlando Early, who resigned this month after five seasons to become an assistant at South Carolina.