The University of Southern Maine Huskies held on for four scoreless innings to eliminate Ithaca College and advance to the NCAA Division III championship baseball game against Linfield College late this afternoon in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The score, tied since the bottom of the ninth, before Chris Bernard’s home run in the thirteenth inning drove in Nick Grady on second to bring the score to 6 to 4. Bernard’s home run was disqualified, however, when he failed to touch home plate. Grady’s run brought the score to 5 to 4.
Relief pitcher Andrew Richards through the bottom of the thirteenth and held off Ithaca to give USM the game.
USM will play Linfield for the national title at 5:05 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday, May 28. The game can be seen live at