GORHAM, Maine -- Five former members of the University of Southern Maine baseball program have been named to the D3baseball.com All-Decade Team for the 2010’s that was announced earlier this week (https://www.d3baseball.com/awards/all-decade/2010-index). D3baseball.com selected three teams and an honorable mention list consisting of 82 players.
Named to the All-Decade first team were shortstop Sam Dexter (2013-16) and relief pitcher Andrew Richards (2013-2015). Outfielder Forrest Chadwick (2011-2014) was picked for the second team, and outfielder Tucker White (2010-2013) and infielder-relief pitcher Jake Dexter (2016-2019) were named to the third team.
The D3baseball.com 2010's All-Decade team includes eight players named as D3baseball.com Player of the Year and six of the D3baseball.com Pitchers of the Year in the decade. Southern Maine placed the most players (five) and two brothers (Sam and Jake Dexter) on the team. Birmingham-Southern was represented by four, including two first-team selections. Twelve programs overall had multiple players on the list. A total of 56 schools were represented.
The D3baseball.com and ABCA Division III Player of the Year in 2015 and a two-time first team All-American, Sam Dexter played in a school record 194 games over his four-year career. He compiled a .387 batting average (312 hits in 806 at bats) with 109 extra base hits and 157 RBI. Through the abbreviated 2020 season, Dexter still holds or shares 10 offensive school records.
A first-team D3baseball.com and ABCA All-American, and Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year, in 2015, Richards compiled a 29-9 record with 18 saves in 99 appearances over his three years with the Huskies. During the 2013 NCAA Division III World Series, Richards turned in one of the legendary pitching performances, hurling 12 innings in relief as USM downed Ithaca College, 5-4, to move into the title game. Richards came back to start the title game going 3.1 innings against eventual champion Linfield.
The first USM player to collect 100 extra-base hits in his career, Chadwick was a two-time D3baseball.com All-Region pick and a three-time NEIBA honoree. Chadwick collected his 100th career extra-base hit with a double in his final game against Emory at the 2014 NCAA Division III World Series. The 2011 LEC Rookie of the Year, Chadwick finished his career batting .357 (262 hits in 733 at bats) with 51 doubles, 22 triples, 27 home runs and 167 RBI.
A two-time D3baseball.com and ABCA All-American and the 2013 D3baseball.com and ABCA Division III Player of the Year, White batted .357 (250 hits in 699 at bats) with 42 doubles, 27 triples, 22 home runs and 171 RBI over 177 career games. White put together one of the finest all-around seasons offensively in 2013 batting .400 with 14 doubles, nine triples, 10 home runs, 59 RBI and 35 stolen bases.
The younger Dexter was tabbed as the All-Decade third team utility player after batting .345 (234 hits in 679 at bats) with 33 doubles and 104 RBI, and compiling a 16-9 record with a school record 34 saves in 91 relief appearances on the mound. A three-time All-American, Jake Dexter was named to the All-Little East Conference team all four years of his career.