LEWISTON — Sam Dexter and Damon Wallace drove in two runs apiece, helping Coach Ed Flaherty earn his 900th career win as the University of Southern Maine defeated Bates 10-4 on Thursday in a nonconference baseball game.

Flaherty is in his 30th season as a head coach, all with Southern Maine, and has a .690 winning percentage (900-403-4).

Dexter singled home two runs and scored during a five-run fifth inning that gave the Huskies (21-9) a 7-3 lead.

Dexter scored again in the sixth to help the Huskies widen the lead to 10-3.

Nick DiBiase had two hits and two runs, and Brendon Joyce contributed two hits, an RBI and a run.

Rockwell Jackson and Mekae Hyde led Bates (11-13) with a pair of singles each.

ST. JOSEPH’S 7, LASELL 0: Joe Coyne belted two home runs and drove in four, and starter Alex Valenti struck out eight while allowing just two hits over the first seven innings to lead the Monks (23-12) past Lasell (14-16) in a GNAC quarterfinal at Standish.

Coyne’s two-run homer in the third gave St. Joseph’s a 2-0 lead. He doubled home a run during a three-run sixth and capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth.

Valenti allowed the Lasers two singles before relievers Josh Partridge, Rily Cox and Corey McNamara held Lasell hitless in the final two innings.


USM SWEEPS UM-FARMINGTON: Erika Millett pitched a three-hitter for the host Huskies (22-14) in a 1-0 victory over UM-Farmington (4-18) in the first game of a doubleheader, and Southern Maine finished the sweep with a 9-0, five-inning win in the second game.

Jen Lynch scored the deciding run in the fourth inning of Game 1, when she doubled to left-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chantal Bisson.

Mary Caron had two hits, three RBI and two runs for the Huskies in Game 2.

BATES, UNE SPLIT: Kelsey Freedman had three hits, including a homer, and pitched a complete game to lead Bates (7-19) to a 5-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Biddeford, before UNE (17-18) rebounded with a 9-7 win.

Maddie Inlow singled home Kira Shaikh and later scored on Brennan Callahan’s safety squeeze as the Bobcats took a 4-2 lead in the opener with a three-run sixth. Bates added a fifth run in the seventh when Inlow singled home Freedman.

Sydney Helmbrecht had three hits, three runs and two RBI to lead the Nor’easters in the late game. Abby Lambert drove in three.

SMCC 8, CMCC 4: Anna Allard had four hits, including a triple, and scored twice to lead Southern Maine CC (8-11) against Central Maine CC (0-5) at South Portland.

Charlotte Lewis, with two triples, and Kathryn Gilio also scored two runs apiece for the Seawolves. Gilio added two RBI on three hits.