College Career Ends For Mr. Versatile
When the New England College baseball team beat the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the 13th inning to claim the NCAA Regional Tournament, it ended the college career of several outstanding senior players for the Huskies. None had a more diversified career than Jake Dexter.
The former Messalonskee High School Eagles standout pitched a career-high 6.1 innings in that game, giving up the one unearned run.
Not bad for a second baseman.
Longtime USM Ed Flaherty called Dexter 'the most valuable player' in college baseball
The numbers back him up.
Jake Dexter finished his college career appearing in 176 games. (His older brother Sam holds the USM record with 194 career games. He completes play with a .345 batting average, 234 hits and 104 RBI and made just 33 errors as a second baseman.
What made Jake Dexter unique was the fact that he also pitched in 91 of those 176 games. His 34 saves is a USM school record. In 147.1 innings, Dexter had 148 strikeouts and just 29 walks as the Huskies closer. His career ERA is 2.08.
Perhaps the most important stat - Dexter finished his career with the Huskies going 130-50 over the last four years.
Now the question becomes will Jake Dexter get a chance at the pro ball level?
NOTE: Older brother, Sam Dexter, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2016. He is now playing Independent League baseball for the Milwaukee Milkmen.