WATERVILLE, Maine -- University of Southern Maine scored five runs in the fourth inning on the way to opening up a 9-1 lead before holding off a furious Colby College comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 9-6 non-conference baseball game Tuesday.
The Mules scored five runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with the winning run at the plate. Jake Dexter, the fourth pitcher of the inning and the son of Colby assistant coach Tom Dexter, earned his third save of the year after getting the final out.
The Huskies had four unearned runs in the the fourth inning to go up 6-0. Paul McDonough had a one-out walk and promptly stole second base. Dexter followed with a single to bring in the second run of the game. After getting the second out, Andrew Hillier reached on an error and advanced to second as Dexter went to third. USM catcher Kyle Heath singled to bring in both runners. After a walk to Quintal, Matt Bender singled to bring in Heath from second base and an error brought in Quintal.
Colby broke the shutout in the sixth inning when Ryder Arsenault led off with a single. He advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Noah Tocci.
Hapworth smacked a one-out triple and later scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning.
The Huskies elected to go with their third pitcher of the inning, but he was greeted by an RBI single from Matt Mitchell to plate Treveloni. George Schmidt walked to bring in Wessman and Lowensohn batted for the second time and walked to score Forese. Dexter, the closer for USM, was suddenly in a save situation and he got out of it by fielding a grounder for the final out.
Lowenhohn had a hit and two walks to lead Colby.