GORHAM – Dustin Stanton pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in relief as the University of Southern Maine captured the Little East Conference baseball championship with a 6-1 win Sunday over Plymouth State.

It was the second win of the day for the top-seeded Huskies (27-17), who beat Keene State 2-1 to advance to the final game. USM earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament by winning four straight after dropping its opener in the double-elimination conference tournament.

Stanton relieved starter Logan Carman in the third inning and held Plymouth State (20-22) to four hits the rest of the way. He struck out four and walked none.

Forrest Chadwick hit a sacrifice fly during a three-run third inning, then singled home two more runs in the fourth as USM opened a 6-1 lead.

Chadwick also was the offensive hero fo Sunday’s first game. He lined a sharp single to right field to drive home Tucker White with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

USM pitcher Ben Ives (9-0) allowed only one unearned run on three hits while striking out 10.