Cory DeMedeiros hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added a two-run double in the ninth to lead third-seeded UMass-Dartmouth (21-20) to an 8-3 win over second-seeded Southern Maine (29-11) in the second round of the Little East tournament Thursday at Mansfield, Connecticut.
The Huskies pulled ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the second when Troy Thibodeau hit an RBI triple and scored on Jake Glauser’s bunt.
After falling behind on DeMedeiros’ homer, USM tied the game in the fifth when Glauser hit a leadoff double and scored on a grounder.
The Corsairs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth. They added another run in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
The Huskies face sixth-seeded Rhode Island College in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
ST. JOSEPH’S 3, ENDICOTT 2: Nick Whittaker gave up one earned run on eight hits, striking out nine and walking two in a complete game for St. Joseph’s (28-13) as the Monks held on for a win over Endicott (30-14) at Standish in their final game before the NCAA tournament.
In the top of the ninth inning, St. Joseph’s right fielder Alex Lorenc threw out the potential tying run at home plate following an Endicott single.
Joe Coyne gave the Monks a 3-0 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth.
AMERICA EAST NOMINEES: University of Maine soccer players Lisa Bijman and Maggie Malone are among nine nominees for the America East Conference’s Woman of the Year award, while runner Kelton Cullenberg was nominated for the Man of the Year honor.
The awards recognize service, leadership, athletics and academics.
The fields will be narrowed to three on May 20, and the winners will be announced in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on June 3.
MORSE NAMED: Sam Morse, a 17-year-old native of Carrabassett Valley and 2013 graduate of Carrabassett Valley Academy, was named to the U.S. Alpine ski development team.
Morse had an outstanding season last winter as a post-grad at CVA, capped by a second-place finish in the downhill in the U-18 age category in the junior world championships in Slovakia.
He also had five top-30 NorAm results, seven FIS wins and a 21st in the slalom in the U.S. nationals.
Morse was accepted at Dartmouth College but has been granted a deferment.
“I can go to school later,” he said. “I had a limited opportunity for how long my body will allow me to chase the dream.”
Morse will spend the summer training with the U.S. team in Park City, Utah.
PGA: Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer tied the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead over Russell Henley in the opening round of The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
MADRID MASTERS: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was eliminated in the third round by 46th-ranked Santiago Giraldo, 6-3, 6-2.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be coming to Maine for the first time when Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center hosts a UFC Fight Night card on Saturday, Aug. 16. UFC president Dana White, a 1987 Hermon High School graduate, confirmed plans on Twitter. No bouts have been announced but the show is set to air live on Fox Sports 1.
– From staff and news services