STATEN ISLAND, NY – In a play-in game for the CUNYAC Tournament, the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (12-26) lost to Lehman College (9-26) by a score of 8-2.
The Lightning would jump on the Owls in the first, as Christopher Lopez (SO, Bronx, NY), James Kennedy (JR, Stroudsburg, PA), and Anthony Careccia (JR, Bronx, NY) would all rip RBI singles in the inning to take a four run lead. Lehman would strike again in the third, when Juan Arias (JR, Bronx, NY) would double to lead off the inning. Matthew Prevosti (JR, Staten Island, NY) would drive him home with a triple to center, and later score on Careccia's single to right.
The Owls offense was held off balance all afternoon. Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) and Ryan Sanderson (FR, Cow Bay, NS) would both walk and an error would load the bases in the sixth inning. A sharply hit ball to short by Andrew Bartlett (SR, Damariscotta, ME) would drive in the first run for UMPI. Another error would allow Sanderson to score, allowing the Owls to cut the lead to 6-2.
The Owls would end up with just four hits in the game. Two unearned runs from Lehman in the top of the ninth would put the game out of reach, and the Lightning would move on in the tournament.
The loss ends the season for the Owls with a 12 win, 26 loss record.