(MALDEN, MA) -- Last weekend, the University of Maine-Presque Isle and Fisher (MA) College baseball teams played a pair of contrasting doubleheaders, with Falcon pitchers outdueling the Owl hurlers on the mound Saturday (3-0 & 4-0) and outslugging Presque Isle in two games on Sunday (15-7 & 23-4).
On Monday, the teams were back to displaying great pitching efforts as UMPI finally broke through on game one, 3-2, before the Falcons came back for a 3-2 win of their own in game two.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled to take place on Friday but moved due to poor weather conditions. The loss in game one was only the 2nd home defeat of the season for Fisher (15-2). Overall the team is 27-14, while the Owls have won 3 of their last 4 and now stand at 7-18.
Presque Isle will return to action this upcoming weekend. On Friday, April 19th they are in Portland for a doubleheader at Southern Maine Community College (2pm / 4pm). On Saturday, the team will play a single game at Eastern Maine Community College (5pm). Then the two teams will meet on the field again Sunday for a doubleheader (11am / 1pm).
Game 1: OWLS 4, Fisher 3
WP: J. Fillebrown (1-3)
LP: T. Baker (0-1)
All of the scoring in game one took place in the 2nd inning. In the top half, Presque Isle loaded the bases with one out. Josiah Brazier (Jr./Searsport, ME) put the Owls on the board with an RBI singled to left.
With the bases still loaded the Owls executed a suicide squeeze. As Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) broke towards home, Shane Smith (Jr./Farmington, ME) dropped down a bunt allowing McLaughlin to score and advancing runners to 2nd and 3rd.
One batter later, Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) scored on a wild pitch giving UMPI a 3-0 advantage.
The Falcons cut into the deficit right away in the bottom of the 3rd. A single, walk, and wild pitch put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. RF Dominic Zaher's 2-RBI single then trimmed the Presque Isle lead to 3-2. With nobody down and the tying run at 2nd, Owls' starter Jake Fillebrown (Sr./Stoneham, ME) buckled down and retired the next three hitters in order.
UMPI was unable to expand its lead the rest but it would not matter as Fillebrown ate up Fisher hitters the rest of the way. The senior righthander gave up only two harmless singles in the game's final four frames.
Fillebrown pitched his third complete game of the season in earning his first win. He pitched 7 innings, scattered 5 hits, gave up two runs and struck out two.
Game 2: Fisher 3, OWLS 2
WP: B. Rosa (2-1)
LP: J. Perry (1-3)
Making a bid for a sweep in the nightcap, the Owls rallied late to take a one-run lead. Falcons starter Brian Rosa had held UMPI hitters at bay early, allowing only one hit and facing the minimum through the first four innings. Presque Isle would break through in the fifth.
Tanner Marshall (Fr./Cleburne, TX) led off the fifth with a walk. Shane Smith pinch ran for Marshall and moved to second on a scarifice bunt from Daniel Lewis (Jr./Gardner Mines, Nova Scotia). After a Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) pop up to second the Owls were in danger of stranding a runner in scoring position. Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) made sure that did not happen, stroking a clutch RBI double to score Smith and tie the game, 1-1. Cam Morrell (Jr./Harpswell, ME) followed with a single, bringing around Fillebrown who had entered to pinch run for Csiernik and putting UMPI up, 2-1.
Playing in their fourth game in just over 24 hours, a tired Owl pitching staff struggled to maintain the lead. A Falcon RBI single in the 5th tied the game up and another in the 6th gave them a lead that they would not relinquish.
Fisher starter Brian Rosa settled down after the two-run fifth and only allowed three hits in the game. He earned the win, striking out 3 and walking only 1.