HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Virginia - The University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball team battled to a 13-4 loss against the Hampden-Sydney Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at Yank Bernier Field. With the non-conference loss, the Owls move to 0-4 on the season.
UMPI opened up scoring in the top of the first inning when 1b Ted Walker (Caribou, ME) earned an RBI double, scoring Cam Morrell (Harpswell, ME) who had reached first on a walk. Hampden-Sydney answered back with three runs in the bottom of the same inning off three hits and one error. The Tigers scored another run, which was unearned, in the bottom of the second inning, bringing the score to 4-1.
Matt Nadeau (Auburn, ME) earned a base on balls in the top of the fourth to get things going for the Owls; an Andrew Csiernik (Hamiliton, ON) single advanced Nadeau to second. Seth Cote (Otis, ME) singled, and then Shane Smith earning an RBI single, scoring Nadeau.Stephen Thorne (Dalhousie, NS) scored an RBI on a sacrifice ground out to shortstop, making the score 4-3.
Hampden-Sydney scored another run in the bottom of the same inning, but then had a breakout inning in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five runs off four hits and no fielding errors. The Tigers scored one more in the sixth and two in the bottom of the seventh. reaching their game total of 13 runs.
Presque Isle rallied in the top of the eighth as Evan Kingsbury (Frankfort, ME) earned an RBI single with only one out on the board for the Owls, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers held on for the 13-4 victory.
Walker finished 1-for-4 from the plate with an RBI double, while Kingsbury and Smith earned RBI singles. Csiernik and Cote were both 1-for-3 from the plate with singles.
Anthony Batchelder (Enfield, ME) earned the lost for the day, completing 4.1 innings from the mound; Batchelder allowed seven hits, eight runs, while walking five and striking out two.
The Owls return to the diamond on Wednesday, February 23rd, as they travel to Roanoke College for a 3:00 pm game.