Swarthmore, PA -- Maine-Presque Isle got 2 hits from seniors Cam Morrell and Alex Csiernik, but dropped a messy 9 inning affair to Swarthmore College 6-5.
After giving up two unearned runs in the first, UMPI finally answered back in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, senior Cam Morrell belted a double to centerfield that cleared the bases. Sophomore Adam Begos then punched a single into right field giving the Owls a short lived lead.
A mental miscue in the bottom half of the inning resulted in an infield single and the start of a two run inning highlighted by Wesley Fishburn's RBI triple. Senior pitcher Jordan Perry managed to limit the damage and stranded Fishburn at third to get out of the inning tied 4-4.
An unearned run in the fourth gave Swarthmore the lead once again, but Perry seemed to get stronger as the game went on and kept the Owls in the game. Perry would cruise for the next four innings, allowing only 3 hits over that span of 12 outs.
With the Owls down 5-4, Sophomore Tommy Collins led off the top of the 9th inning with a walk and stole second. Justin Bergeron singled, sending Collins to third. After an out, co-captain Shane Smith singled hard to right, scoring Collins and Bergeron was called out trying to score the go-ahead run. With two outs and Smith on third, hot hitting Morrell was pitched around and walked. The Presque Isle rally would end with the next batter taking a called strike three.
Swarthmore would take their bats in the bottom of the 9th, tied 5-5. The home squad would set themselves up for the victory with their first two batters getting on base with hits, the second of the infield variety. The winning run scored when starting pitcher Jordan Perry overthrew his first baseman on a bunt attempt.
Senior hurler Perry went the distance taking the tough luck loss. Perry allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 4 in his 8 innings of work.
"I am proud of the effort from Jordan today," said Coach Pankow afterwards, "after our February trip we have stressed the importance of our pitchers being aggressive in the strike zone, and Jordan was just that. He was efficient and effective and did all he could to keep us in the game. Offensively we improved from our earlier trip with our approach at the plate and it showed. Unfortunately the strong defense we had on that first trip didn't show up today, when we are able to put all three aspects together we will be a very tough team."