Kyle Curley scored the decisive point with a 6-0, 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory at third singles as the University of Southern Maine men’s tennis team captured the Little East Conference championship for the first time since 2007 with a 5-1 win Saturday over UMass-Boston.
Southern Maine (14-3), on a 14-match winning streak, advances to the NCAA Division III tournament starting May 19 in Claremont, California.
Christopher Ross and Corey Dyke earned the first point with an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles. Max Wilkey and Curley won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, and the Huskies got singles victories from Scott Gagne and Tyler Adams.
MAINE SPLITS WITH STONY BROOK: Tommy Lawrence pitched his third straight complete game and Alex Calbick belted a home run to lead the Black Bears (19-24, 6-8 America East) to a 2-1 win over the Seawolves (26-15, 11-3) in a doubleheader opener at Stony Brook, New York.
Maine dropped the second game, 11-3.
Calbick gave Maine a 1-0 lead in Game 1 with his homer over the right-field fence in the fourth inning. The Black Bears added a run in the fifth when Luke Morrill scored on Sam Balzano’s single through the left side.
Lawrence allowed one run on eight hits while striking out seven.
BOWDOIN SPLITS WITH MIDDLEBURY: Chad Martin singled home Aaron Rosen with go-ahead run in the seventh inning to give Bowdoin (18-15-1) a victory over the Panthers (5-11) in the first game of a doubleheader at Middlebury, Vermont.
The Polar Bears tied the game in the fifth when Sam Canales doubled and scored on Sean Mullaney’s single.
In Game 2, Middlebury got all its runs in the fourth inning of a 3-2 victory.
AMHERST SWEEPS COLBY: Conner Gunn rapped a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Jeffs (26-7) a 4-3 victory over Colby (16-15) and a doubleheader sweep in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Amherst won the first game 6-3.
Tommy Forese hit a two-run homer for Colby in the first game, and Alec Finigan drove home two in the second game.
BATES SPLITS WITH TUFTS: Rockwell Jackson reached on a fielder’s choice, took third on Samuel Warren’s double and scored on Kevin Davis’ sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, giving the Bobcats (19-14, 7-4 NESCAC) a 6-5 victory over Tufts (27-5, 8-3) in the first game of a doubleheader at Lewiston.
Bates tied the game in the seventh when Steve Burke and Mekae Hyde scored on Nate Pajka’s triple to right.
The Jumbos came back with a 4-2 victory in the second game.
BRIDGTON ACADEMY 6, SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 2: Jacob Smith pitched a complete game as the Wolverines (25-9) beat the Seawolves (18-19) at South Portland.
Zach Horton and Ethan Bilderback hit RBI singles for SMCC.
MIDDLEBURY 2, BOWDOIN 0: Kelsey Martel hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored an insurance run as the Panthers (19-15) eliminated the Polar Bears (24-14) from the NESCAC tournament in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Middlebury pitcher Elizabeth Morris carried a no-hitter into the seventh before Emily Griffin and Hannah Wurgaft singled to put the tying runners on base. Morris struck out the last batter.
TRINITY 13, COLBY 10: Caroline Hayes scored three goals and the top-seeded Bantams (14-2) held off the fourth-seeded Mules (9-6) in a NESCAC semifinal at Hartford, Connecticut.
Colby was paced by Katharine Eddy with two goals and three assists and Sarah Lux with two goals and two assists. Lindsey McKenna and Katie Griffin also scored twice.