HARTFORD, Conn. — James Sinclair allowed just four hits in 8 1/3 innings and Brogan Searle-Belanger drove in two runs Saturday night as Southern Maine won a second elimination game in its NCAA Division III baseball regional, 4-1 against Wheaton.

Earlier, Bryce Afthim scattered eight hits as USM (34-10) stayed alive with a 4-0 win against Oswego State.

The two victories move top-seeded USM into Sunday’s regional final against the winner of an early game between Wheaton and Salve Regina.

Sinclair struck out nine and walked two. Ben Lambert retired the final two batters for a save.

In Game 1, Cam Seymour’s three-run homer in the fifth broke a scoreless tie.

Sam Troiano had an RBI single in each game.

STONY BROOK 15, MAINE 9: Brett Paulsen went 4 for 4 with three RBI, pacing a 16-hit attack as Stony Brook (31-18) eliminated Maine (22-22) from the America East tournament in a rain-delayed game in Stony Brook, New York.

Maine took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, sparked by consecutive doubles from Scout Knotts, Joe Bramanti and Jake Marquez.

But the Seawolves answered with six runs in the bottom half, then broke it open with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Maine didn’t score again until the eighth, when four Stony Brook errors led to a six-run rally. The Seawolves then answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Stony Brook advanced to face NJIT in the finals, needing two wins over the Highlanders to win the title.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates won its fourth consecutive women’s rowing national championship, scoring the maximum 42 points by taking first place in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight grand finals in Sarasota, Florida.

The Bobcats’ varsity eight won its grand final for the third year in a row and finished an undefeated season, completing the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 34.872 seconds.

The second varsity eight was victorious for the seventh straight year with a time of 6:48.503.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nyagoa Bayak of Westbrook qualified for the Division I championships by clearing 5 feet, 9 3/4 inches in the women’s high jump at the East Preliminary meet in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bayak, a freshman at LSU, will be one of 24 jumpers competing in Eugene, Oregon, on June 12.

• Bates athletes Elise Lambert and John Rex earned fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Division III championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lambert posted a time of 2 minutes, 11.85 seconds in the 800 meters. Rex competed in the hammer throw, with a best mark of 189 feet, 9 inches.

USM senior Adela Kalilwa of Lewiston was sixth in the women’s triple jump at 38-4 1/2.

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