(SALEM, VA)– The Roanoke College baseball team earned two big wins over the University of Maine-Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon, winning 21-4 and 6-2. The Maroons now have a record of 4-4, while the Owls hold a record of 1-7.
In game 1, Maine-Presque Isle jumped on the board first in the top of the second as Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI) singled to right field, scoring Tanner Marshall (Fr./Cleburne, TX) who had reached on an error.
But the Maroons' bats exploded in the bottom of the 3rd. As the second batter of the inning, Jacob Clifton hit a huge two run bomb, to give Roanoke a 2-1 lead. With one out, five consecutive batters reached base, followed by a grand slam by Mark Manthe, putting the Maroons ahead of the Owls 10-1. After the second out of the inning, four more Maroons reached base, allowing Clifton and Cassady and Over the course of the third inning, the Maroons scored 10 runs off of nine hits to leave the bottom of the third with a 15-1 lead.
Andrew Carter (So./Carlo, N.B., Canada) (0-1) started and took the loss for the Owls. Carter pitched into the 3rd inning giving up 10 runs, all earned, on 8 hits. He struck out one.
Shane Smith (Jr./Farmington, ME) has two basehits in four trips to the plate for the Owls.
The Maroons were still hot in the second game, as they put up one run quickly in the first inning. Boonewell Hagy hit a single to right field, scoring Brian Kluge who reached base on an error. After the first inning, Roanoke led 1-0. The Owls responded in the second inning as leadoff batter, Ted Walker (Jr./Caribou, ME), hit a solo home run to start the inning, tying the game at 1-1. It was Walker's first home run of the season. The 1B led the Owls with 5 round trippers last season as a freshman.
The Maroons found the groove again in the bottom of the second, as the first three batters reached base, allowing Burton to single to left field, scoring both Cam Cassady and Clifton. Kluge followed things up with an RBI single of his own. Two batters later, Hagy hit a double that scored two more runs, bringing the Maroons run total to five for the second inning, and a 6-1 lead.
Maine-Presque Isle scored one more run in the top of the third, but that would be the final run of the game as Roanoke won the second contest, 6-2.
Tyler Grouten picked up the victory in the game, pitching five innings, and giving up two runs off five hits.
Jake Fillebrown (Sr./Stoneham, ME) started and went the distance for the Owls in a losing effort. Fillebrown pitched well going 6 innings, striking out 3 while walking only 1 and giving up only 3 earned runs. He was hurt 3 Owl errors that helped bring in 3 more runs for the Maroons.
After playing 8 games in 8 days over the school's February break, Presque Isle returns home for a month of practice before returning to the field on March 22nd for a game against Eastern Maine Community College. Gametime is set for 1:00pm.