NORTON, Mass. - A strong eighth inning pushed the visiting #16 University of Southern Maine Huskies past the Wheaton College baseball team 9-0 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.
The loss drops the Lyons to 24-10 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 21-9. The win is Southern Maine's second over Wheaton this season.
Henry Curran collected his second win of the season for the Huskies after giving up just four hits in 6.1 innings of work. The first-year stuck out five, while walking two.
Jordan Jenkins picked up his first loss of the year for the Lyons, despite giving up just one run on two hits and striking out three.
After leading off with a single down the right field line, Sam Stauble quickly moved around the bases, coming in to score later in the inning to put Southern Maine on top 1-0.
Despite the early run, both sides settled into a defensive battle over the next five innings. The Huskies finally broke the game wide open in the eighth inning after plating five runs on five hits and a Wheaton error. Kip Richard started the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle that brought in Stauble and Paul McDonough. With runners at second and third, Jake Dexter picked up two RBI's of his own with a double to left center. The first-year came around to score moments later on a single to center by Brandon Martins.
Southern Maine added three more runs in the top of the ninth, including two on a homerun over the fence in left by Nick Bowie.
Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday, April 26 with a 4 p.m. non-conference contest at Wesleyan (Conn.).