Season Review: 2012 Baseball
Record: 10-26 (0-4 at home)
As is almost tradition for Owls baseball, the team began the season with 32 straight road games. On the team's annual trip to Virginia in February, they pulled out a win for the first time, a 6-4 decision over Greensboro College. There was even an opportunity for more on the trip as the Owls took Averett (3-2) and Washington & Lee (6-5) to the brink before falling.
Coach Leo Saucier's young team, which featured no seniors in 2012, then found a groove in April. During one 11-game stretch UMPI went 8-3, notching convincing wins over Fisher, Lasell, and Vermont Tech.
|Batting Average||Jorday Duffy||.347 (43-124)|
|Home Runs||Ted Walker||5|
|Runs Batted In||Carlos Villoria||27|
|Stolen Bases||Shane Smith||8|
Leo Saucier is the godfather of UMPI baseball. Where people may say it is too hard to try to make sport like baseball work in Northern Maine, Saucier continues to defy the odds. His willingness to schedule an entire season on the road if necessary is well documented. He finds kids that just want to play baseball and helps fundraise to keep his program afloat.
With his current team however, survival is not the goal. Winning is. A talented team matured as they won 10 games this season. Even more promising is the fact that nary a senior resided on the 2012 roster.
One achilles' heel that the team will look to shore up for next year will be fielding. the team committed 109 errors this season (compared to 63 by their opponents) which helped lead to 95 unearned runs.
But with a year of experience under their belts there is every reason for excitement for the 2013 Owls!