PRESQUE ISLE – The UMPI Owls Baseball team held Game Two of the Fall Classic Series on Tuesday night. Strong pitching performances all around kept the bats in check, but defensive miscues allowed runs to cross the plate.
The White Team took the early lead, playing a little bit of small ball to score the run. Justin Bergeron reached on an error with one out and proceeded to steal second. Senior Ryan Thompson completed his job with a ground out to the right side to move the runner to third, and an infield base hit from Adam Bartlett plating the run. Bergeron would get things going again in the second, this time with a two out double to center field, and would later score on a wild pitch. The Blue and Gold teams were relatively silent through the first four innings offensively, while The White team took advantage of an error filled bottom half of the fourth to extend their lead 3-0-0.
The Gold team finally tallied a run in the top of the fifth when Freshman Isaiah Straubel reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch. The middle of the fifth put the Blue team on the board when Alex Csiernik was able to score off of a sacrifice bunt from Lucas Molloy that turned into an error. The White Team managed to add a run in the bottom of the sixth off of Jordan Perry's ringing double, taking a commanding lead in the series with nine runs scored. The Blue team is in second with five runs, while the Gold team trails with four runs.
The pitching was strong throughout, with Senior Jordan Perry setting the high mark, striking out seven in four scoreless innings. Andrew Bartlett also contributed four scoreless, while senior Dylan Worster absorbed the brunt of the errors, giving up three runs, just one earned through his four innings of work while striking out five.
"I am happy with the pitching staff," said Coach Pankow of the effort, "they were put in many tough situations throughout the night and stepped up, limiting the damage and avoiding big innings. Defensively we need to a better job of supporting our pitchers and not forcing them to throw extra outs. Through all the sloppy play, there were no innings tonight in which any team scored multiple runs, which shows a certain mental toughness that we are able to overcome our mistakes." Andrew Bartlett led all hitters with a two for five night, including a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.
The Owls return to action on Saturday against Eastern Maine Community College at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. The double header starts at 11 AM. The Fall Classic will resume on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30. Game four is scheduled for October 17 at 6:30 and will conclude on Friday, October 18 with a scheduled 1:30 first pitch.
UMPI fans braving the cool October air for Game two