NORTHBOROUGH, MA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball team (0-8) would drop a doubleheader to the Newbury College Nighthawks (2-0) on Saturday afternoon. After a tightly contested 2-0 first game, the Newbury offense would awaken in the second game and the Owls would drop that one by a score of 12-6.
In game one the Owls sent Jesus Garcia (JR, Jewett City, CT) to the mound. Garcia was excellent in his outing, pitching a complete game and giving up just three hits while striking out four and walking six. Unfortunately for the Owls he would also give up two unearned runs.
In the bottom of the second an error would set up a Matthew Sobray (JR, Santa Clarita, CA) RBI single to get the Nighthawks the lead. Newbury would add to their lead in the fifth, when a leadoff walk would score on Sorbay's ground ball that was also credited as an error.
The Owls would collect five hits in the game, including a double by Ryan Sanderson (SO, Cow Bay, NS). UMPI's biggest threats were in the first and third innings when they would put runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but they were unable to string together hits to plate runs.
Matt Cauchon (JR, Kingston, MA) would go two for three for the Owls.
In game two the Owls would jump on the board first with a Matt Curry (JR, Caribou, ME) single to left. UMPI would leave the bases loaded in the inning, and Newbury would respond in the bottom half to tie the game, and then take the lead in the bottom of the second. The Owls would grab the lead back in the third by leading off the inning with back-to-back-to-back doubles by Angel Morales (FR, Windsor, CT), Curry, and Sanderson. Sanderson would later score on a ground out to make the score 4-3 in favor of UMPI.
Newbury starter Jacob Pringle (JR, Acushnet, MA) would settle in from that point and the Nighthawk pitching staff would only allow one more hit for the rest of the game. Newbury's offense would continue and score in every inning, eventually building an insurmountable lead. Pringle would get the win on the mound for the Nighthawks in five innings of work.
The Owls continue their series with Newbury on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon.