BELLEROSE, NY – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (4-13) dropped two closely competed games. In the well-pitched first matchup the St. Joseph's College Bears (8-7) would win 4-1. In the second game both offenses would explode, with the Bears out-slugging the Owls 15-10.
Game 1 – St. Joseph's def. UMPI – 4-1
The Owls looked as though they were going to jump on the Bears, as they would load the bases in the first after lead off singles by Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, MA) and Brady Rowe (SR, Halifax, NS). A double play ball would end the threat and the Owls' best chance to score in the game.
UMPI would answer back from giving up an unearned run in the third when Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) would hit a booming triple into right field with two outs to score Rowe. Curry would be stranded at third.
Brian Luebcke (SR, Astoria, NY) would blast a homerun to left and the Bears would add two insurance runs in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Rosario DiLorenzo (SR, Howard Beach, NY) would go the distance, striking out eight and giving up just four hits for the win. Sophomore Saul Nunez (Mapleton, ME) would strike out four and walk two, but take the loss as he would give up three earned runs.
Luebcke would finish two for three with two RBI.
Game 2 – St. Joseph's def. UMPI – 15-10
The two teams followed up the pitcher's duel with an offensive outpouring in the second game. It would start as a back and forth affair, the Owls would score two in the first, and the Bears came back with four in the bottom half, including a John Condon (FR, Oceanside, NY) two-run homerun. The Owls would take the lead back in the second when Cauchon would blast a three-run homerun to left. A grand slam homerun in the bottom half of the second by St. Joseph's Francis Rapp (JR, Baldwin, NY) would put the Bears up big.
Though the Owls would continue to put pressure on the Bears, the scoring slowed down on their end, while the Bears would continue to build a 14-6 lead. Cauchon would homer again in the sixth, and freshman Ryan Sanderson (Cow Bay, NS) would hit a three-run blast to cut into that lead, but the Bears would add an insurance run in the bottom half and it would prove to be too much for the Owls.
Cauchon would go three for four in the game with four RBI. Sanderson would also have four RBI in his two for four effort, while Solomon Fast (SO, Phillips, ME) and Tommy Collins (SR, Pembroke, ME) would go two for four with an RBI. Adam Begos (SR, Westbrook, ME) would go two for three with two runs.
The Owls take Sunday off before returning to action Monday morning. They play USCAA opponent Penn State Schuylkill in a doubleheader at 10:30 AM.