May 5, 2013

Flourish at the Finish

(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) --  1B Carlos Villoria (Sr./Caracas, Venezuela) set the University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team record for hits in a season and the Owls created a new standard for program wins in a season as they swept a doubleheader vs. Eastern Maine Community College on Sunday.

The Owls won the opener, 11-0, and then took the nightcap, 12-1, in the 2013 finales for both teams.  Presque Isle finishes the season 16-23, two more wins than they had in their previous season high (2009).  EMCC ends its campaign 3-22.

Villoria's double in the bottom of the fourth of game one topped the mark of 58 set by Tyler Delaney also in 2009.  By going 4-8 on Sunday, Villora finishes the season with 62 hits.

Game 1:  OWLS  11, Eastern Maine CC 0
WP-  Fillebrown (3-5)

LP-  Seamans

Jake Fillebrown (Sr./Stoneham, ME) tossed a complete game, 3-hit, shutout in game one to get the Owls to their 14th win of the season.  At one point in the middle of the game, the lanky right hander retired 9 straight Golden Eagle batters en route to notching his 3rd win of the season.

Presque Isle broke open what had been a 1-0 in the fourth inning.  Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) led off with a single.  Shane Smith (Jr./Farmington, ME) then came in as a courtesy runner and proceeded to steal second and third base during Cam Morrell's (Jr./Harpswell, ME) at bat.  After Morrell struck out, Josiah Brasier (Jr./Searsport, ME) lifted an RBI SAC fly to right bringing in Smith.  

With two down and nobody on, the Golden Eagles were unable to minimize the damage.  Three straight singles by Stephen Thorne (Sr./Dalhousie, NB), Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI), Jordan Duffy (Sr./Fort Augustus PEI), and a double from Villoria plated three more runs, putting the Owls up, 5-0. 

UMPI put the game out of reach in the sixth, taking advantage of a couple EMCC errors to keep the inning going and allow Presque Isle to score six runs on six hits.  The big blow came off the bat of Csiernik whose 2 RBI double brought in Logan McLaughlin (Fr./Mars Hill, ME) and Villoria.

Presque Isle owned the hit column, 14-3.  Bergeron and Csiernik each collected 3 base knocks, while Brazier and Villoria contributed two a piece.


Game 2:  OWLS 12, EMCC 1
WP-  Sailors (1-1)
 LP-  Landeen

Eight UMPI runs in the third inning of game two broke open a 2-0 game and allowed the home team to cruise to a 12-1 victory.   Defensive miscues hounded EMCC, who committed 2 errors in the decisive 3rd, and four for the game.  Royce Landeen started and took the loss for the Golden Eagles, but of the 10 runs he surrendered in his 4 innings of work, only 4 would be earned.

Game one winner, Fillebrown, was a factor from the plate in the nightcap.  In the lineup at DH, Fillebrown lifted a 3-2 pitch from Landeen in the top of the 2nd over the fence in left field for his second home run of the season.  The Stoneham, ME native added a double and single before his day was done finishing 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.

As was the story all weekend, Owls pitchers dominated on the mound.  Game two starter, Ghazaleh Sailors (So./Santa Barbara, CA) pitched into the 6th inning, allowing just one EMCC run on six hits.  She picked up her first win of the season while lowering her ERA from 9.82 to 7.78.

Fillebrown was joined in the 3-hit club by Duffy (3-4, 2R, 2RBI) and Thorne (3-4, 2R, RBI) as Presque Isle doubled up the Golden Eagles in the hit column, 16-8.

Max Mayer (Sr./Oxford, ME) and Lucas Molloy (Jr./Lovell, ME) each tossed a scoreless frame to close out the UMPI sweep.

 

Game Notes:

*  Presque Isle finished the 2013 campaign 9-3 in their final 12 games.

*  Molloy's scoreless 7th secured a 0.00 ERA in his junior year.  The pitcher appeared in 9 games, worked 7.1 innings, allowed 4 hits and did not give up a run, earned or otherwise.

*  Duffy and Villoria were outstanding at the plate in their senior seasons.  Villoria led the Owls in nearly every offensive category:  Hits (62), Doubles (16), Triples (3), RBI (34), Stolen Bases (14), Batting Average (.443), On-Base Percentage (.484), and Slugging Percentage (.621).  Duffy led in runs (30), but also put up fantastic numbers across the board:  47 hits, 9 Doubles, 20 RBI, .379 BA, .451 OBP.

*  Fillebrown's 7 innings on Sunday pushed him past Dylan Worster (Jr./Howland, ME) for most innings pitched in 2013 (55.2 IP to Worster's 49.2).  Fillebrown led the Owls with 42 strikeouts and finished witha 3.76 ERA.