ANNVILLE, PA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (4-14) made a late game comeback, only to have it fall short as the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen (10-10) would walk off with a victory in the ninth by a score of 8-7.
The Dutchmen would strike early when Zac Edwards (JR, North Catasauqua, PA) would lead off the game with a single and later score on a sac fly. They would take advantage of an UMPI error to score two more in the second.
The Owls would strand runners in the second and fourth, passing on opportunities to cut into the lead. LVC would take advantage and string four hits to double their lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Owls found themselves down 6-0.
Adam Begos (SR, Westbrook, ME) and Ryan Sanderson (FR, Cow Bay, NS) would lead off the seventh inning with singles to spark the Owls offense. Begos would score on a groundball to short and Jesus Garcia (SO, Jewett City, CT) would single to drive in Sanderson.
A leadoff walk in the eighth would get things going again. Begos would shoot a single to right field to score the first run of the inning. Sanderson's single to center would score another. Then with two outs, a small bobble by a Dutchmen fielder was just enough for Garcia to beat out the high chopper, allowing the Owls to score two and tie the game.
A walk and a couple of hits would load the bases for the Dutchmen in the ninth. A stray pitch would hit the next batter, giving Lebanon Valley the lead once again. Owls reliever Frank Nunez (SO, Mapleton, ME) would get out of the one out bases loaded jam without any further damage, and UMPI would trail by just one run.
Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, MA) would lead off the ninth with a single, and then steal second with one out. Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) would rip a double to right field to tie the game once again. Greg Orlando (SR, Newton, NJ) would lead off the bottom half of the inning with a single. Sacrifice bunts would move him into scoring position and Glenn Dietrich (SR, Red Lion, PA) would line a single to right center to end the game.
Curry and Begos would lead the Owls offensively, going three for five in the game, each with an RBI. Sanderson was two for four with and RBI.
The Owls return to action on Wednesday as they will take on the University of Valley Forge in a doubleheader that starts at 2.