NORTHBOROUGH – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (4-10) split a doubleheader with the Anna Maria AMCats (2-13) for the second day in a row. The Owls would have an offensive outburst in the first game, winning 10-3, before losing a hard fought 3-2 decision in the nightcap.
Game 1 – UMPI def. Anna Maria – 10-3
Anna Maria would take an early lead off of a Matthew Leahey (SR, Rutland, MA) solo homerun to left center in the bottom of the first inning. The lead would be short-lived as the Owls would string together four two-out singles that plated two runs.
The big blow would come in the third, when the Owls would collect eight hits on the way to six runs, which helped them build an 8-1 lead. UMPI would add two insurance runs in the fifth to cruise to a 10-3 victory.
Tommy Collins (SR, Pembroke, ME) would lead the Owls, going three for four with two RBI. Jesus Garcia (SO, Jewett City, CT) was two for three with three RBI. Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) would add two RBI in his two for five effort. Adam Begos (SR, Westbrook, ME), Ryan Sanders (FR, Cow Bay, NS), and Jacob Powell (FR, Frankfort, ME) would all collect two hits in the game as well.
Curry would get his second win of the season. He would go the distance, giving up six hits and three runs.
Game 2 – Anna Maria def. UMPI – 3-2
Matt Elliot (FR, Attleboro, MA) would scatter six hits and five walks to keep the Owls off balance, and earn the win on the mound for the AMCats.
Anna Maria would take the lead in the third. Camdem Brown (SR, Gardner, MA) would lead off the inning in with a single and steal second. An errant throw on his steal attempt of third would plate the first run of the game. Leahey would add an RBI single to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
The Owls would have plenty of opportunities to get runs on the board as they would out-hit Anna Maria eight to four and left nine men on base. Brady Rowe (SR, Halifax, NS), Curry, and Begos would each go two for four in the game, but the Owls once again struggled to hit with runners in scoring position.
The Owls put together a rally in the seventh, they would draw two walks to start the inning. Rowe hit an RBI single to get the Owls on the board. A hard groundball would score another run to pull the Owls within one, but the defense would step up and turn a double play. A two-out Begos single would not be enough, as the Owls rally would fall short, and Anna Maria would win 3-2.
Elliot would get the win on the mound, and Trevor Brown would lock the game down in the seventh for the save. Saul Nunez (SO, Mapleton, ME) pitched a complete game and took the loss, despite giving up just four hits and two earned runs.
The Owls play next at Eastern Nazarene on Friday, March 25th. That game marks the beginning of their spring break trip which will feature 13 games in ten days.