Saturday, March 8, 2014
Verrier, Grady lead Huskies in twinbill split a Gorham
Matt Verrier and Nick Grady combined for seven RBI as Southern Maine (32-7) took a 16-3 win the opener before falling 9-4 to Keene State (15-21) in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Gorham.
Verrier went 2 for 3 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored, and Grady was 2 for 4 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
• Jeremy Gearty had two hits for Southern Maine CC (22-21-1) in a 13-2 loss to Bridgton Academy in the first game of the best-of-three 302 Challenge Cup series at South Portland.
WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Jenna Cyr scored with 1:15 remaining to send second-seeded University of Southern Maine (12-6) to a 13-12 win over No. 3 Keene State (11-7) in a Little East Conference semifinal at Gorham.
The Huskies will host fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the title game on Sunday.
Sarah Pelligrinelli scored four goals and Rosie Forster had three for USM.
SOFTBALL: Middlebury (26-9) took a 3-0 victory over Bowdoin (28-13) in first-round play of the NESCAC tournament in Medford, Mass.
The Polar Bears now play an elimination game against Wesleyan on Saturday at 10 a.m.
LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn weathered the wind and kept her lead in the Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Va. The 17-year-old Thai player is a shot ahead of second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford.
PGA: Phil Mickelson opened with two birdies and made back-to-back birdies late in his round for a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte, N.C. Through two rounds, he has taken only 50 putts.
Nick Watney shot a 70 and was in a group two shots behind with George McNeill and 37-year-old tour rookie Scott Gardiner. Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood were another shot back.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mike Goodes shot a 3-under 69 in wind that gusted to 30 mph to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas.
NASCAR: X Games star Travis Pastrana won his first career pole on the Nationwide Series at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
The 10-time X Games gold medalist-turned-NASCAR driver starts up front in Saturday's Aaron's 312.
Pastrana called his second Top 10 start in only 17 Nationwide races "a dream come true."
WBC: Robert Guerrero, 30, who will challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Saturday, is a 7-1 underdog to pull an upset for the World Boxing Council welterweight title at the MGM Grand.
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 knockouts) is a former world featherweight and super-featherweight champ who left the sport for 15 months in April 2011.
WBA, IBF: Under Wladimir Klitschko's disparaging gaze, Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15KO) did not give much away during an open workout before he challenges the Ukrainian for his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Pianeta, who has lived in Gelsenkirchen since he was 6, was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year and knows the formidable challenge of dethroning the 37-year-old Klitschko, who was also based in Germany.
Klitschko (59-3, 51KO), whose older brother Vitali holds the WBC belt, hasn't fought since November, when he was taken the distance by Poland's Mariusz Wach.
SOFTBALL: Berwick Academy beat Concord Academy, 20-4, at Berwick, as Taylor Lyman hit three doubles, drove in three runs and scored three. Anna Cosentino also had three hits and three RBI while Juliet Moore knocked in four runs.
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