Friday, March 7, 2014
By KEN CASTRO Special the Press Herald
HARWICH, Mass. - Backed by Logan Carman's complete-game, three-hitter, the University of Southern Maine opened the NCAA New England Regional Tournament with a 5-0 win over Daniel Webster College at Whitehouse Field Wednesday afternoon.
Carman (11-0), who collected his first career shutout, struck out five.
"He's a workhorse, he's pitched all of our big games," said USM Coach Ed Flaherty. "He throws strikes and he competes. Their pitcher held us tough, he was really strong. For Logan to put up zeros all the way through is a credit to him."
Southern Maine advances to play Western New England University at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The Huskies have won six straight and are 38-7, one shy of the school record for wins set by the 1997 team.
USM took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by DH Chris Bernard.
Bernard, a senior from Scarborough, scored Forrest Chadwick, who had singled and moved to second on a grounder to third.
Carman allowed a walk and no hits through the first 13 hitters.
The Eagles threatened in the fifth by loading the bases with two outs.
But Carman got Josh Chasse to line out to right fielder Troy Thibodeau, who made the grab moving in.
"I felt pretty good going into it," Carman said. "A little early on, my mechanics weren't quite synced up. But I think that whole bases-loaded thing got me going."
Carman followed the potential damaging inning with craftiness, hitting the corners with more frequency than he had at the start. The result -- a lone infield single, a hit batsman and a walk through his final 14 hitters.
"I was going to let him go the whole way, unless they got something going fast but he can pitch 120 to 130 pitches right now and he was only around 100 tonight," said Flaherty of the fact that his bullpen was absent of any warm-up action throughout Carman's outing.
The Huskies added to their lead with two runs in the seventh.
Chadwick opened with a hit before stealing second.
After flyouts by Nick Grady and Bernard, John Carey hooked an opposite-field double down the right-field line that scored Chadwick from second.
It was Carey's 100th career RBI, the third USM player to reach that milestone this year and the 36th all time.
Carey moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Matt Verrier's single.
In the eighth, Tucker White hit a two-run homer, his 10th this season and 22nd for his career.