SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle (8-18) dropped two closely contested games to the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves (11-14) by the scores of 5-4 and 3-2.
Game 1 – SMCC def. UMPI – 5-4
The Seawolves would manufacture runs in the first and second to take the early lead in game one. Caleb Burpee (SO, Kennebunk, ME) and Caleb Chambers (FR, Lebanon, ME) would hit RBI singles and SMCC found themselves up 2-0.
The Owls would answer in the third, as Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, MA) would rip a double to left center to drive in two. Brady Rowe (SR, Halifax, NS) would drive him in with double as well, and later score on an error and the Owls would take a 4-2 lead.
SMCC would change the tide in the bottom of the fifth. Cam Brochu (FR, Manchester, ME) would hit a two out single to score Chambers. A double by Shawn Murphy (SO, Poland, ME) would put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for the Seawolves. Burpee would then hit a ground ball towards the hole on the left side. Freshman Ryan Sanderson would range over and field the ball, but the long throw to get the third out of the inning skipped in to first. The first baseman was not able to make the tough pick, and the ball popped up in the air just long enough for Murphy to slide under the tag at the plate, and SMCC took the lead.
Sanderson would double in the sixth with two outs, but the Owls could not take advantage and would not muster much of an attack in the seventh, falling to SMCC in game one.
Matt Curry struck out six and gave up just two earned runs in his complete game effort on the mound for UMPI.
Game 2 – SMCC def. UMPI – 3-2
The Owls would jump out to a lead early, as Adam Begos (SR, Westbrook, ME) knocked a single through the right side to drive in the first run of game two in the top of the first. Solomon Fast (SO, Phillips, ME) would come up with a two-out single to plate another, and the Owls found themselves up 2-0 in the early going.
The Seawolves would take advantage of two walks to lead off the bottom of the first. Murphy would double to plate a run, then a passed ball would tie the game. With one out, Burpee would lift a fly ball to center to score the go-ahead run, putting the host team up 3-2.
From there the pitchers would settle in and take over the game. UMPI starter Saul Nunez (SO, Mapleton, ME) would pitch well, giving up just two more hits from that point on and striking out nine in the game. Nate Boyle (JR, Windham, ME) would mirror Nunez, only giving up five hits after the first and striking out eight in the matchup. The Owls would threaten in the fourth, putting runners on first and second with no one out. A sharp comebacker would result in a pitcher, to third, to first unconventional double play to stop that rally. Two-out singles by Cachon and Rowe were stranded in the seventh as Boyle would induce a hard ground ball to end the game.
Cauchon would go two for two in the game, and Fast would collect two hits in four at bats for the Owls.
UMPI's games at U Maine Farmington on Tuesday have been postponed due to inclement weather. A makeup date has not been announced. The Owls will next take the field on Friday in Bennington, Vermont as they take on Southern Vermont in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.