(BANGOR, ME) -- What was supposed to be the first actual home games of the season for the University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team became so in name only this weekend due to poor field conditions in northern Maine. Instead, the Owls "hosted" doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday against Newbury (MA) College at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, ME.
After winning both of Saturday's games, 4-3 and 4-3, the Owls (12-22) fell to the Nighthawks (10-28) 8-3 and 6-2 on Sunday. While the weekend marked the finish to Newbury's season, Presque Isle will have one more chance at its first home games next weekend, May 4th-5th, when they are set to host Eastern Maine Community College for doubleheaders on each day. Saturday's twinbill will have start times of 1pm and 3pm. On Sunday the teams will square off at 12pm and 2pm.
Saturday Game 1: OWLS 4, Newbury 3
WP- Worster (3-2)
Owls' starter Dylan Worster (Jr./Howland, ME) cruised through the first five innings of game one on Saturday. While he was holding the Nighthawks scoreless in the span, his offense was building a 4-0 lead.
The 1-3 batters in the UMPI order: Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI), Jordan Duffy (Sr./Fort Augustus PEI), and Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela), collected two hits a piece and combined to contribute 2 runs (Duffy 2), 2 RBI (Bergeron/Villoria), and 2 stolen bases (Duffy/Villoria).
CF Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) also had pair of base knocks as Presque Isle outhit Newbury, 10-7.
Worster ran into some trouble in the 5th, surrendering a pair of runs. However, he pitched into the seventh finishing with a line of 6.1 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, one walk, and 7 K's. Worster ups his record to 3-2 with the victory. Jordan Perry (Jr./Baileyville, ME) retired the final hitter of the game to notch the save.
Saturday Game 2: OWLS 4, Newbury 3 (8 innings)
WP- Perry (3-2)
LP- Ninteau (2-7)
Jordan Perry finished off a productive day by pitching a clean 7th and 8th innings in the Saturday nightcap to earn the win.
The Nighthawks took leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, before giving up a single run in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game and force extra innings.
In the bottom of the 9th, Chris Ninteau entered the game for Newbury. Ninteau walked two batters to put the potential winning run into scoring position. Game one offensive star, Justin Bergeron, then came to the plate and sent the UMPI faithful home happy with an RBI walk-off single.
Andrew Bartlett (Fr./Damariscotta, ME) started and pitched well for Presque Isle. The freshman hurler tossed the first 3 innings and gave up only 1 hit. He was charged with two unearned runs.
Bergeron finished game two 3-5, with 2 runs, and the game-winning RBI. All told, both he and Villoria wound up with 5 safeties on Saturday.
Sunday Game 1: Newbury 8, OWLS 3
WP- Ninteau (3-7)
LP- Geel (0-4)
The Nighthawks' Chris Ninteau shook off Saturday's game two loss to come back and toss a complete game, six-hitter earning the win in Sunday's opener. After walking two in his .1 IP performance the previous day, Ninteau did not walk any Owl hitters on Sunday and struck out 7.
The Presque Isle offense could not put much together in the opener, scratching out a run in the 6th to pull within 4-1 late. But Newbury scored 4-runs in the top half of the 7th to all but put out of reach any hopes of more walk-off heroics from the home team.
Villoria remained hot at the plate, punching two doubles into the gaps.
Adam Geel (Fr./Calais, ME) started and took the loss for UMPI. Geel went 6 innings, was hurt by 10 hits and 4 walks leading to 4 earned runs. He struck out three.
Sunday Game 2: Newbury 6, OWLS 2
WP- Wade (2-5)
LP- Thorne (0-1)
Solid pitching continued for the visitors from Massachusetts in game two as Travis Wade gave the Nighthawks their 2nd complete game of the afternoon. Wade was even more dominant, holding the Owls to only 2 hits and one earned run. He struck out 2.
Despite the quiet bats, the Owls still managed to strike first in the nightcap. Scoreless in the bottom of the third, Presque Isle starter Stephen Thorne (Sr./Dalhousie, NB) helped his own cause offensively with a single and later scoring the game's first run on a Villoria sacrifice fly. One hitter later, RF Shane Smith (Jr./Farminton, ME) scored via an error and the Owls were up 2-0.
That advantage would be short-lived however. In the next half inning, Newbury tied things up and with a 3-spot in the 5th, took the lead for good. In 5.2 innings of work, Thorne gave up 8 hits that, along with 3 UMPI errors, led to six-unanswered runs; only four of which were earned.
Neither team was able to push across a run in the 7th marking the first time in the two-day, four-game set in which at least one team did not dent the scoreboard in the final frame.