Owls Take, Then Lose Lead in 8th
(GREENSBORO, NC) -- Greensboro College scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to come from behind to beat the University of Maine-Presque Isle, 6-3, on Monday afternoon. The win for the Pride moves them to 6-4, while the Owls remain winless at 0-3.
The game was shaping up to be a classic pitcher's dual through the first seven. Presque Isle's Jake Fillebrown (Sr./Stoneham, ME) cruised through 7 in his first start of the season. The senior gave up 5 hits and only 1 earned run while showing pinpoint control in striking out 9 and walking none. Still, heading into the 8th, Fillebrown stood to take the loss as Pride starter Kristopher Peeden held the Owls scoreless through that same stretch. In the eighth however, he ran into trouble.
As most big innings do, the inning began with a walk. Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario Canada) earned the free pass and immediatley moved on to second on a wild pitch. Peeden got Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI) to line out to 2nd base before giving way to reliever Kyle Zembsch. Zembsch faced two hitters, walking Andrew Carter (So./Carlo, NB, Canada) and striking out Shane Smith (Jr./Farmington, ME). Staked to a 2-0, Brian Robbett was brought in to get the final out. Robbett became the 3rd Pride pitcher of the inning to walk to first batter he faced when Jordan Duffy (Sr./Fort Augustus PEI, Canada) coaxed a base on balls to fill the sacks full of Owls.
Finally, 3-hole hitter Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela) made Greensboro pay for the walks with a 2-RBI double to left to tie the game. One batter later, Ted Walker (Jr./Caribou, ME) provided and infield RBI single, and the Owls were up, 3-2.
Unfortunately for the Owls, the lead was short-lived. Relievers Andy Brown (Jr./Princeton, ME) and Ryan Thompson (Jr./East Millinocket, ME) combined to give up 3 hits and 2 walks while the Owl defense committed two errors. The end result was four runs, only two earned, and the Pride regaining their lead for good.
Robbett earned the win in relief. Brown (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
UMPI continues its eight games in eight days stretch over the school's February break from classes tomorrow when they return to Guilford College. Guilford defeated Presque Isle on Sunday, 7-6.