Don't be surprised when two of the top Division III baseball teams in New England meet this afternoon, the USM Huskies and UMass Boston, that Jake Dexter is right in the middle of whatever happens.

Move over Shohei Ohtani.

Dexter is the Huskies version of the two-way player. The former Messalonskee HS standout is a junior for coach Ed Flaherty's 16-6 Huskies. He has played second base in all 22 games, hitting .379 with two HRs and 21 RBI. Dexter has scored 18 runs.

On the mound, Dexter is the USM closer, appearing in 12 games, getting two wins and eight saves. In 14.2 innings, Dexter has 20 strikeouts, walked just two and has an ERA of 1.84. He now owns the USM career saves record with 21.

This is not a new thing for Dexter. Last season, he was named All-LEC first teamer as a second baseman and relief pitcher. He was an ABCA/Rawlings D-III All-American 2nd Teamer as a utility player.

NOTE: Today's 3pm game in Boston features 22-5 (6-0 Little East Conference) #1 UMass Boston hosting the #2 Huskies at 16-6 (5-1 LEC). It will be the first of two regular season meetings beween the Huskies and Beacons.

2018 D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25, Week 8

Through games of Sunday April 15, 2018

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Trinity (Texas) (16) 28-3 612 1
2 Wooster (4) 20-3 574 3
3 UW-Whitewater (3) 15-3 571 2
4 Randolph-Macon 24-3-1 534 6
5 Mass-Boston 22-5 495 8
6 Cortland (1) 25-6 480 10
7 Rowan 22-5 474 7
8 Concordia-Chicago 17-5 462 4
9 Christopher Newport 27-6 426 5
10 Case Western Reserve 23-4 361 11
11 Shenandoah 24-6 312 18
12 TCNJ 19-5 310 17
13 Roanoke 22-7 306 9
14 Texas Lutheran 26-8 276 13
15 Marietta 18-6 230 14
16 UW-Oshkosh 14-4 226 16
17 Methodist 27-9 199 12
18 Redlands 28-9 176 20
19 Salisbury 23-7 167 24
20 Spalding 22-5 160 15
21 La Roche 18-5-1 106 21
22 Franklin 22-2 82 rv
23 Southern Maine 16-6 76 rv
24 Oswego State 18-8 71 19
25 Adrian 20-5 46 rv