Owl Baseball Battles Through Sunrise Conference Tournament

LYNN, Mass. - The University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball team had their season come to an end on Saturday evening in a 7-5 loss against SUNY-Canton in the 2011 Sunrise Conference Baseball tournament. The Owls had dropped their opening game of the tournament to Fisher on Friday afternoon, before beating Vermont Technical College on Saturday afternoon.

With the 1-2 tournament effort, the men's baseball team moves to 7-27 on the season.

The Roos stretched a 1-0 lead to 5-1 with four runs scored in the fourth inning. The Owls came back with three runs in the third inning and then both teams traded runs in the ninth inning.

Dylan Worster (Howland, ME) took the loss for the Owls as he allowed nine hits, while striking out five batters in six innings. Andy Brown (Princeton, ME) came on in relief and had one strikeout in three innings. Senior captain Corey Harding (Plymouth, ME) went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Stephen Thorne (Dalhousie, NS) also doubled and drove in two runs, and Ted Walker (Caribou, ME) added a triple.

In the first game of the day on Saturday, No. 4 University of Maine at Presque Isle fought off elimination as they beat No. 3 Vermont Technical College 3-2 in the second round of the Sunrise Conference baseball championship at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass.

The Green Knights held a slim 1- 0 lead through five innings before the Owls tied the score with a run in the top of the sixth. Presque Isle tacked on another run in the top of the eighth and one more in the top of the ninth, which proved to be the game-winning run after Vermont Tech got one back in the bottom half of the inning.

Sophomore hurler Jake Fillebrown (Stoneham, ME) went all nine inning on the mound for the Owls
 and fanned 12 batters while allowing 10 hits and no walks in the complete-game win. Sophomore first baseman Carlos Villoria (Caracas, Venezuela) went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. James Cirell (Bingham, ME), Corey Harding (Plymouth, ME), Matt Nadeau (Auburn, ME), Alex Csiernik (Hamilton, Ontario), andCam Morrell (Harpswell, ME) each singled for the Owls.

VTC's Reed Brown also tossed a complete game for the Green Knights as he posted nine strikeouts and allowed seven hits and three walks in nine innings.

In the opening round of the Sunrise Conference baseball championship, the 4th seeded Owls battled to a 15-5 loss against top-ranked Fisher College on Friday afternoon.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but the Falcons opened a large margin after Reynaldo Nunez smacked a grand slam to centerfield to give Fisher a 5-1 lead. The Falcons put up three more runs in the inning to stretch the margin to 8-1 and then put up seven more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Owls battled back tallying three runs in the top of the fifth, and one more run in the seventh.

UMPI sent six pitchers to the mound in the game; Walker, Harding, Brown, Ryan Thompson (East Millinocket, ME), Brian Andrews (Fort Fairfield, ME), and Evan Kingsbury (Frankfort, ME) all saw time at the mound for UMPI.

From the plate, Corey Harding went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and James Cirelll went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Carlos Villoria earned a base hit and drove in a run, while Seth Cote (Otis, ME) finished with a 2-for-4 with a plated run. Matt Nadeau, Stephen Thorne, and Anthony Batcheder each earned a base hit in the effort.