April 2, 2013

Carter's Complete Game Gem Gives Owls 4th Win

GLASSBORO, NJ – The University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team picked up its second win in three games on Tuesday, defeating Rowan (NJ) University, 3-1.

The Owls improve to 4-11 while the Profs are now at 11-7 on the year .  Right-hander Andrew Carter (So./Carlo, NB, Canada) pitched a complete game for the win.  Carter (1-1) only allowed three hits and one earned run in 9 innings of work.  He struck out five.  Righty Brian Sietsma was saddled with the loss.  In two innings of relief, Sietsma (0-2) gave up one hit and two earned runs. 

The game was a pitcher's duel through six innings between Carter and Prof's starter Mike Behar.  Rowan got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Nick Kreiger scored on a wild pitch.  That was it for scoring until the Owls evened things up in the top of the 7th. 

Designated hitter Tanner Marshall (Fr./Cleburne, TX) got things going with a single.  Daniel Lewis (Jr./Gardner Mines, Nova Scotia) followed by reaching on a fielder's choice with Marshall moving to second on the play.  After an Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position with one out, Cam Morrell (Jr./Harpswell, ME) provided an RBI groundout to tie the game, 1-1.

The score remained knotted until the 9th.  In the top half, Owls' 1B Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela) continued his torrid hitting by leading off with a double.  Marshall was hit by a pitch to put two on.  An out and a walk later and Presque Isle had a chance to take the lead with the bases loaded and only one down.  That is when Morrell (Jr./Harpswell, ME) once again delivered with an RBI single to centerfield.  An error on the play allowed a second run to score and the Owls were up 3-1. 

Carter came out to pitch the ninth, allowed two batters to reach base with one out, but was able to coax a pop up to first and a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the rally and secure the win.

The Owls will go for two in a row on Wednesday when they play at Eastern (PA) University at 3pm.

 

Game Notes

*  The complete game was the first in the UMPI career for Carter.  It was the 4th complete game thrown by an Owl pitcher this season but first in a 9-inning game.

*  With his 3-4 performance at the plate, Villoria has hits in 7 of his last 8 at bats and 14 of his last 22 in a stretch of six games.  He is now hitting .424 on the season.  He leads the Owls in batting average, hits (25), doubles (6), and RBI (10).

Shane Smith (Jr./Farmington, ME) stole second base in the top of the third inning of Tuesday's ballgame.  Smith now has three base swipes on the season.  He has yet to be caught stealing.

*  Csiernik drew a walk for the 7th time in the 11 games he's played this season, good enough to lead the team.  He also has struck out a team low 2 times (for players seeing action in 6 or more games this season.)  That plate discipline has led to the catcher sporting a .400 on-base percentage.