GORHAM – Bobby Chatfield struck out five and walked three while pitching a four-hitter to lift sixth-seeded Plymouth State to a 3-2 win over top-seeded Southern Maine on Wednesday in the opening game of the Little East baseball tournament.

Plymouth State (18-20) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Paul Reny doubled, advanced to third on an error and scored on a groundout.

Southern Maine starter Logan Carman did not allow another run until the seventh inning when the Panthers scored twice on four consecutive singles.

Dustin Stanton came in to get the final out of the seventh for the Huskies (23-17) and combined with Greg Holmes to retire the final seven batters.

Tucker White led off the bottom of the ninth for the Huskies with a single, and Nick Grady followed with a double to leave runners at second and third.

Forrest Chadwick drove in the first run for the Huskies on a groundout and Grady scored on an infield error to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The Panthers threw out the potential tying run on a steal attempt and Chatfield recorded the final out on a groundout.

The Huskies will play against fifth-seeded UMass-Boston at 9:30 a.m. today.

ST. JOSEPH’S 10, BATES 2: Alex Lorenc went 4 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI to lead the Monks (37-5) as they downed the Bobcats (23-17) in a nonconference game at Standish.

Chad Rafferty gave up just two unearned runs on three hits with six strikeouts and no walks over eight innings to earn the win for the Monks.


COLBY 21, ENDICOTT 5: Alex Mintz scored four goals to lead the eighth-ranked Mules (14-2) as they raced to a 13-4 halftime lead and cruised to a win over Endicott (12-6) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Waterville.

Kate Pistel, Claire Donegan and Katie Griffin added three goals apiece for the Mules, who improved to 5-0 all-time in NCAA tournament opening-round games.

Colby advances to face 10th-ranked Messiah College in a second-round game Saturday at Trinity College.


BAYLOR: Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner is recovering from a broken right wrist sustained in a longboard accident.

Coach Kim Mulkey told The Associated Press that Griner will be in a cast for four weeks.

The school released no other details about the injury on the longboard, an elongated skateboard. Mulkey was attending an awards banquet in New York City on Tuesday night when she first revealed Griner was hurt.

The injury comes only weeks after Griner finished her junior season and the Bears ended the first 40-win season in NCAA history with their second national championship.

Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game. She was the first Baylor player to be named the AP women’s college basketball player of the year, and was also recognized as the top women’s player with the John R. Wooden Award.

WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest hired former star player Jen Hoover as its women’s basketball coach.

Hoover starred for the Demon Deacons from 1987-91, and holds the program’s career records with 1,728 points and 1,006 rebounds.

In her only season as the head coach at nearby High Point, she guided the Panthers to a 20-13 record, a berth in the Big South title game and an appearance in the WNIT.