PHOENIXVILLE, PA – Ghazaleh Sailors entered the NCAA record books Thursday evening, becoming one of very few women to start and win an NCAA sanctioned baseball game as she led the Maine-Presque Owls to a 13-1 victory over Valley Forge Christian College.
In a game shortened to just five innings because of darkness, the University of Maine at Presque Isle took the lead in the first inning scoring two runs on a Justin Bergeron lead off base hit, an error, and a Cam Morrell RBI double.
The Patriots answered back in the bottom half of the first with an RBI double of their own by James Comenzo. Junior starting pitcher Ghazaleh Sailors would work out of a jam and leave the bases loaded to end the threat in the first. The Owls would extend their lead in the second with RBI's from Shane Smith, Adam Begos, and Alex Csiernik.
The Owls offense would add another run in the fourth and pour on six more in the fifth to build an 11-1 lead. The Patriots were shut down after the first, as Sailors scattered five hits throughout the game, giving up just the one earned run, while striking out eight and walking just one hitter.
Sailors earned the win, pitching all five innings. Adam Begos finished the night with 5 RBI's, going two for four with a double. Justin Bergeron and Alex Csiernik each collected two hits, while Shane Smith scored four runs for the Owls.
"I am proud of the effort this group has put in to this point of the season," said Head Coach Mike Pankow. "We are a much better team than our record shows and there are good things ahead for this group, but the key has been that this group has not been pressing or putting any unneeded pressure on themselves. They come every day relaxed and ready to improve themselves as ballplayers, and it has finally paid off in the win column."