Canton Bats Stay Hot; Blast Owls on Sunday
(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- For the second straight day the SUNY-Canton baseball team handled the April weather conditions better than the University of Maine-Presque Isle. With the sun shining bright and wind blowing out, the Roos hit early and often beating the Owls 16-0 and 17-5. In 4 games over the weekend (all wins for the visitors), Canton outscored UMPI 59-19.
SUNY leaves Presque Isle 9-25. UMPI finishes its official season 10-26. The Owls will play three exhibition home games next weekend against Eastern Maine Community College. The two teams will face each other at 6pm on Friday then play a doubleheader at 11am and 1pm on Saturday, May 5th.
Game #1: Canton 16, UMPI 0
Roos' CF Gerardo Torres set the tone early, leading the game off with a booming home run off Owls' starter Anthony Batchelder (Jr./West Enfield, ME). Canton went on to score six runs on six hits and chased Batchelder from the game before the inning was over.
The Roos collected hits off of five Owls pitchers while their own starter Zach Rosenthal only gave up 5 hits in throwing a complete game shut out. Every UMPI hit came when two were out.
Canton DH Jordan Hunneyman finished game one 3-5, collecting two doubles, scoring twice, and knocking in three.
Batchelder was hung with the loss. His pitching line: 2/3 IP, 6H, 5ER, 1BB, 1K.
Game #2: Canton 17, UMPI 5
A 7-run 5th inning for the visitors broke open what had been a close game and led to Canton completing the sweep, 17-5 in game two.
6 UMPI errors in the infield did not help the Owls' cause.
The Roos' pounded out 18 hits. Again Hunneyman was a monster in the middle of the order. The sophomore from Redwook, NY hit a big 3-run home run in the 4th inning for an 8-1 lead. The very next inning, Hunneyman came up again with runners in scoring position and poked an RBI single through the infield. Hunneyman reached base four times and drove in four.
UMPI pushed four runs across in the bottom of the 5th. With one on, two-out, and two runs already in, sophomore Ted Walker (So./Caribou, ME) took starter John Mancini out of the park for a 2-run, home run. For Walker, it was his team-leading 6th HR of the season.
Jordan Perry (So./Baileyville, ME) started for the Owls. He went four innings, giving up 9 hits and 8 runs (6 earned).