FARMINGTON, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle (10-25) dropped a close one with the University of Maine at Farmington (19-14) in game one by a score of 3-1, before jumping out to a five run lead and holding on for an 8-5 victory in game two.
Game 1 – UMF def. UMPI – 3-1
The Beavers would jump out to a lead in the first inning when Tom Grady (SR, Whitefield, ME) would triple to right with two outs to get the scoring started. He would be stranded at third though, and UMF would lead just 1-0 after the first.
Farmington would strike again in the third, this time it was Grayson Beressi (SR, Falmouth, ME) who would drive in a run with a double to left. Once again the Owls were able to get out of a jam and strand runners, but found themselves down two.
The UMPI offense struggled early, as UMF starting pitcher Brett Elliot (SO, Danville, VT) did not allow a baserunner in the first three innings. The Owls would snap that streak in the fourth when Brady Rowe (SR, Halifax, NS) would single with one out. Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) would give UMPI a threat when followed that up with a single to center. Rowe would score on a wild pitch with two outs, but with the tying run ninety feet away, UMPI hitters could not drive him in, and remained in the hole with a 2-1 score.
The Owls threatened again in the fifth with back-to-back singles by Andrew Bartlett (SR, Damariscotta, ME) and Saul Nunez (SO, Mapleton, ME), but once again the Beaver defense stiffened and did not allow the Owls to score. Grady would add an insurance run in the fifth for the Beavers with an RBI single, and the UMF bullpen would slam the door to secure a victory for Farmington.
Curry would take another tough luck loss on the mound, pitching a complete game and giving up just two earned runs while striking out three. Elliot would pick up the win, striking out four in five innings of work.
With the win the Beavers tied the all-time record for program wins.
Game 2 – UMPI def. UMF – 8-5
The Owls would collect five hits in the first to jump out to a lead in game two. After an error and a walk a perfectly placed bunt by Curry would result in a single. Heads up base running by Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, MA) would allow him to score from second on the play. Freshmen Ryan Sanderson (Cow Bay, NS) would connect with the big blow of the inning, driving a three run home run over the fence in right. The Owls would score one more as a leaping attempt to catch a line drive off the bat of Tommy Collins (SR, Pembroke, ME) would get scored as an error. Farmington would avoid complete disaster by stranding the bases loaded, but the Owls would hold a five run lead before the home team picked up a bat.
The Farmington bullpen would slow the Owls down until the fifth, when they were finally able to add to their lead. Curry would double to lead off the inning, and Sanderson would collect his fourth RBI of the game with a single to drive him in.
The Beavers would answer with a big inning in the fifth. A walk, an error, and five UMF hits would lead to a five run inning. The big blow would come off the bat of Ben Keene (SR, Livermore, ME), who would drive in two with a single. The Owls would escape the inning clinging to a 6-5 lead.
UMPI would answer back in the sixth. After two lead off singles, Cauchon would drive in a run with a ground ball single through the left side. Begos would add to the lead with a single to right to drive in one more, and the Owls would have a three run lead.
Starter Saul Nunez would shut down the Beaver offense the rest of the way. He would pitch a complete game to earn the win, giving up just two earned runs, while walking just one hitter and striking out four.
Tommy Collins would finish the game three for four. Sanderson was two for four with four RBI, Curry was two for three with an RBI and a run, and Jesus Garcia (SO, Jewett City, CT) would end two for four with a run.
The Owls conclude their regular season play on Saturday. They will host Central Maine Community College in a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.