White Team Remains Atop the Leaderboard
PRESQUE ISLE – The UMPI Baseball team took advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday and held their third intersquad scrimmage of the five game series. Unlike the previous matchup in the unique three team format, the standings stayed steady after this game, with the White Team holding firmly at the top.
Despite being down a player on the day, the White Team spread their offense evenly throughout their lineup. Frank Nunez (FR, Mapleton, ME) was two for five with a double, a walk, and two RBI, Tyler Seeley (FR, Presque Isle, ME) was two for six, and team captain Andrew Bartlett (JR, Damariscotta, ME) was two for six with a double and two RBI. Bartlett also got the start on the mound, going four innings, and giving up three runs, however none of them were earned. He also struck out four in the outing. Austin Bernier (FR, Fort Fairfield, ME) took the mound for his first time this fall, and looked good, despite giving up two earned runs. Under the new scoring format (runs scored – ERA) the White Team was able to add just over 6 points to their score, and now lead the series with 20.47 points.
The Gold Team was the run leader on the day, plating six. Team captain Adam Begos (JR, Portland, ME) was the hot hitter for the day, going three for five with a double and two runs scored. Brady Rowe (JR, Halifax, NS), Jesus Garcia (FR, Jewett City, CT), Keagan Page (FR, Ashland, ME) all chipped in with two hit games as well, with Page collecting two RBI. Garcia took the ball for a start on the mound, and pitched a solid four innings, giving up three earned runs. Nathan Cameron (FR, Epping, NH) and Page also pitched in relief, both slamming the door on their opponents in the fifth and allowing no runs. The Gold Team scored slightly higher than the White Team in overall points on the day, but it was not enough to close the gap as they end the day at 16.82 points.
For the second straight game the Blue Team was not able to take advantage of the runners they had reach and only plated one run on the day. Matt Curry (FR, Caribou, ME) was two for five with two doubles and scored the team's only run by stealing home on the back end of a double steal. Team captain Ghazaleh Sailors (SR, Santa Barbara, CA) and Cole Giberson (SO, Woodstock, NB) each added a hit on the day, but it was not enough to spark the Blue offense. Matt Curry pitched four strong innings, giving up one earned run over five innings of work. The Blue Team's overall score saw a small climb up to 3.70, as they will look to get their bats going in the final two matchups.
"Overall this was a much better performance than the last outing," remarked Owl's Head Coach Mike Pankow. "We cut down on errors and the ones we did have were more physical errors then a 'lack of focus' error. Our hitters continue to improve their ability to put the ball in play and make things happen by putting pressure on defenses and our pitchers did a great job of pounding the strike zone and daring the hitters to beat them."
The series will continue on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30 PM.