GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine clinched the Little East Conference regular-season baseball championship Thursday by defeating UMass-Dartmouth 9-1 in the opener of a doubleheader at Flaherty Field.

The Corsairs recovered to take the second game, 4-3.

The championship meant that USM will host the six-team, double-elimination league tournament that starts Wednesday. The Huskies, 12-2 in the league with a 28-9 overall record, will meet the sixth seed in the tournament opener at noon.

In the first game Thursday, Dalton Rice struck out 11 and Zach Quintal hit a two-run homer for USM against UMass-Dartmouth (22-18, 9-5).

Jake Dexter and Andrew Oiszak each had three hits for Southern Maine.

Mac Curran singled in a run for the Corsairs.

In the second game, Mike Knell drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth for UMass-Dartmouth.

Paul McDonough had two hits for Southern Maine.

BATES 14, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 1: Will Sylvia hit a two-run homer in a five-run eighth inning as the Bobcats (15-13) downed the Beavers (5-29) at Farmington.

Leo Watson added two hits and drove in three runs. Bates scored four runs in each of the fourth and seven innings to take a 9-1 lead.

Robert Jones picked up the win, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out three in seven innings. Gage Cote hit a solo homer in the seventh for Farmington.


SUFFOLK 5, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Lindsay Pagano hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead the third-seeded Rams (27-15) over the second-seeded Monks (21-16) in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament at Standish.

Jennifer Murphy and Carla Tripp each had two hits for St. Joseph’s.

Delaney Sylvester had three hits for Suffolk.

Saint Joseph’s will play eighth-seeded Simmons in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at Providence, Rhode Island. If the Monks win, they will play Norwich or Albertus Magnus in another elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

Suffolk and Johnson & Wales are the remaining undefeated teams in the tournament.


BATES: Charlie Fay of Falmouth was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the year after leading the Bobcats to the No. 1 ranking in Division III.

Bates (14-0) will take on Middlebury (8-8) in the conference semifinals at noon Saturday at Lewiston.

Wesleyan and Tufts will meet in the second semifinal, with the winners playing Sunday for the title.

Fay, a senior, is three goals away from matching the school single-season record and 14 away from the career scoring high.

Fay also was a first-team, All-NESCAC selection for the third time. Senior Kyle Weber also was named to the first time and senior Scott Baber to the second team.


MAINE: The Black Bears signed Kira Barra, a 6-foot-3 forward.

Barra, a Dillingen, Germany, native, has competed in the European and German championships the past six years, and helped lead Germany to a first-place finish at the under-16 European championships in 2014.

Barra attended high school at Theo-Koch-Schile, Gruenberg in Gruenberg, Hesse, Germany.