CONCORD, NH – After beating the NHTI Lynx (3-11) by a score of 5-1 in the first game, the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (8-16) needed an extra inning to take the second game 6-5, completing the sweep of NHTI.
Game 1 – UMPI def. NHTI – 5-1
Adam Begos (SR, Westbrook, ME) would get the first RBI of the day for the Owls as he would drive in Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, MA), who led off the game with a single. The home team would string together four consecutive hits to tie the game, but UMPI starter Andrew Bartlett (SR, Damariscotta, ME) would work out of the jam and strand the bases loaded.
Ryan Sanderson (FR, Cow Bay, NS) would give the Owls the lead once again in the second, ripping a double to start the inning and then scoring on a sacrifice fly. With two outs in the third, UMPI would rally to extend their lead. Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) would double and hustle home on an error. After a walk, Sanderson would rip a triple to right-center field, and the Owls would end the inning leading by a score of 5-1.
The Lynx would threaten again in the fourth by loading the bases with no one out. Bartlett would not give in, and worked to get to infield pop outs and a strike out to turn NHTI away. The Lynx would put another rally attempt together in the seventh. With one out, a walk, and two hits would load the bases once again. Jacob Powell (FR, Frankfort, ME) would enter the game and shut the door, inducing a pop up to third before striking out the final hitter of the game to earn the first save of his career.
Bartlett was earned the win on the mound, doing an excellent job of working out of some tough situations. He would scatter nine hits and walk four, while striking out four and giving up just one earned run through six and two-thirds innings.
Curry ended game one going three for four with a double and a run scored. Sanderson was two for three, a double, a triple, and two RBI.
Game 2 – UMPI def. NHTI – 6-5 (8 Inn.)
The Owls would start the scoring in the second game as well, this time in the third inning. After drawing a walk, Brady Rowe (SR, Halifax, NS) would steal second, then move to third on Curry's single. A wild pitch would score Rowe, and Begos would lift a sacrifice fly to right field to score the second run. With two outs, Sanderson continued his hot day at the plate and crushed a home run to the deepest part of the park, knocking the solo shot out to center field and putting UMPI up 3-0.
NHTI would tie the game in the fifth, taking advantage of a hit by pitch and manufacturing a run. The Owls would retake the lead when Jesus Garcia (SO, Jewett City, CT) would single with no one out. After moving him into scoring position and Rowe would drive him in with a single.
The Lynx would answer back once again, stringing together two out base hits to tie the game. The Owls would take the lead in the seventh again, this time it was Begos leading the inning off with a single. Pinch runner Cristian Nunez (FR, Mapleton, ME) would be waved home off of Saul Nunez's (SO, Mapleton, ME) single. A close play at the plate would go in the Owl's favor as a great slide to avoid the catcher resulted in a tag, but the ball coming loose allowing the go-ahead run to score.
It seemed as though UMPI would close out the game this time, as with two outs a softly hit ball was hit off the end of the bat towards first base. The unusual spin on the ball caused the ball to bounce off the first baseman's chest and just far enough into foul territory to allow the runner to reach safely. A stolen base and an RBI single later, and the game was tied once again, and going into extra innings.
In the eighth, Tommy Collins (SR, Pembroke, ME) would reach on a walk and move to second on a sacrifice bunt. Curry would lift a one out fly ball to center field to score him, and the Owls were once again three outs away from a win. This time would be different, as Garcia, the Owls' starting pitcher, would induce two fly balls to center, and then finish the game himself, cleanly fielding a sharp comebacker and flipping the ball to first for the final out.
Garcia would earn the win on the mound, pitching a complete game, striking out seven and giving up just three earned runs.
Adam Begos would collect three hits and one RBI in the game. Sanderson was two for four with a double, home run, and an RBI.
The Owls travel to South Portland on Sunday to face Southern Maine Community College. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.