Bangor, ME -- Presque Isle starters Andrew Bartlett and Ghaz Sailors pitched well, but errors and a punchless offensive Owl attack allowed the visiting Newbury Nighthawks to sweep the first two games 8-1, 9-0, of a four-game weekend set Saturday afternoon.
Game one: Newbury 8 UMPI 1
The Owls started poorly, with 3 first inning infield errors allowing the Nighthawks to ring up 7 runs to start the day up 7-0 on the Owls celebrating their senior day at the University of Maine-Orono baseball field.
After the Newbury fireworks had ended in the first, Bartlett pitched extremely well allowing only 3 hits to the remaining 22 hitters he faced.
The Owls registered 7 hits for the game, the same as Newbury, but just could not pressure the Nighthawk defense. The lone Owl run on the day was scored as the result of a Jesus Garcia 2-out double, followed by an RBI single from catcher Soloman Fast. Freshman Fast went 3-for-3 on the day and classmate Matt Cauchon added two hits and a stolen base.
Game two: Newbury 9 UMPI 0
Senior Ghaz Sailors was masterful on the mound early, keeping the Newbury hitters off balance with a variety of off speed pitches and the smart use of a well commanded fast ball. When Newbury made contact, it was on the ground and usually to second baseman Adam Begos who recorded outs or assists on seven of the first 12 outs.
Newbury used a leadoff single and a two-out triple from Nighthawk rightfielder Matt Sobray to open game two's scoring in the 4th inning. Sobray would score one hitter later and Newbury tacked on another run in the 5th to give the Nighthawks a 3-0 advantage.
Nighthawk starter Ryan Sinclair was effectively wild, holding the Owls to only 4 hits but 3 of those 4 Owl baserunners died in scoring position as the Blue & Gold just could not construct anything close to a true threat.
The Nighthawks did a majority of their damage in the last inning, scoring 6 runs during a rally that was started by the leadoff hitter getting on via error and the Nighthawks smacking seven consecutive hits, six of which were singles.