NORTHBOROUGH, MA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls Baseball team (1-14) took on the host Anna Maria College in a five game series over the weekend. The AMCats would win the first four games before UMPI would avoid the sweep with a 22-10 win.
Game 1 – AMC 12, UMPI 4
UMPI would score single runs in the first, third, fourth, and seventh, but a big fourth inning for Anna Maria would sink the Owls. The AMCats would bunch five of their 12 hits into the bottom of the fourth to build a 10-4 lead that UMPI was not able to recover from.
Matt Curry (JR, Caribou, ME) would go two for four with a run scored, while Ryan Sanderson (SO, Cow Bay, NS) would go two for three with two RBI and a triple. Curry took the loss on the mound, striking out two and walking just one in four innings of work.
Game 2 – AMC 20, UMPI 9
The Owls would get a two-RBI triple from Martin Egan (FR, East Bridgewater, MA) in the top of the first to grab the lead. He would score on Will Stinson's (FR, Skowhegan, ME) single to left, and the Owls were in good position early. Anna Maria would respond with two in the bottom of the first, and then explode for 14 runs in the bottom of the second. The AMCats would collect 12 hits in the inning to put the game out of reach and sweep day one of the series.
Stinson would go three for three in the game, with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. Egan finished the game two for four with an RBI and a double and a triple, and Sanderson would go two for four with an RBI.
Game 3 – AMC 4, UMPI 2
Day two of the series would start with a tightly contested pitcher's duel. The Owls would threaten in the second, loading the bases with one out, but would not be able to plate a run, keeping the game in a scoreless tie. The AMCats would finally get on the board in the third, when Darren Belliveau (FR, Baldwin, MA) would reach on a single and later score on a sacrifice fly.
A single, two walks, and an infield single off the bat of Jesus Garcia (JR, Jewett City, CT) would tie the game in the sixth inning. A bases loaded walk would give the Owls the lead, but Anna Maria would respond. An error would allow the tying run to reach and an infield single would allow him to score. Tanner Jakola (JR, Leominster, MA) would deliver the big blow later in the inning, singling to center and driving in two runs on the play. The Owls threatened in the seventh, but a line drive double play would end the game.
Solomon Fast (JR, Phillips, ME) would end the game two for four from the plate. Tyler McLaughlin (JR, Fremont, CA) gave up just two earned runs and strike out five in six innings of work for the Owls.
Game 4 – AMC 10, UMPI 9
A four-run second and a three-run fourth had the Owls looking in control of the fourth game. Angel Morales (FR, Windsor, CT) would deliver a two-RBI single in the second for the Owls, while Fast would double in the fourth to drive in two, helping UMPI build a lead.
A four-run fourth would get the AMCats back into the game. The Owls would add a couple of runs in the fifth, but would not be able to hold their lead. In the bottom of the sixth Anna Maria would get a leadoff double off the bat of James Marcello (SR, Mansfield, MA). After a hard line out, the home team would string together three hits to put the pressure on the Owls' defense. An error would pull the AMCats to within two, and an errant throw with two outs would plate two runs, tying the game heading into the seventh. The Owls would get nothing in the top half, and a single and an error set up Jonathan Roy (SR, Worcester, MA) for the dramatic finish. On an 0-2 count he would drive a liner into the right center gap, plating the winning run.
Curry would end the game three for three with an RBI and a run scored. Fast would go two for four with a double, a run scored, and two RBI, while Sanderson would end the game two for three with a run scored and two RBI.
Game 5 – UMPI 22, AMC 10
The Owls bats came alive in the finale, pounding out 22 hits and amassing 22 runs to earn their first win of the season. Anna Maria would never hold the lead, but would be within striking distance through much of the game. After a three-run first by the Owls, the AMCats would get two in the second. UMPI would respond with five in the third, only to see their opponent plate four runs in the bottom half, making the score 9-6. After the Owls added a run in the fourth and sixth, Anna Maria would respond with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth. The seventh inning finally allowed the UMPI team to get some separation, scoring seven in the top half. Though AMC would score two in the bottom half, the Owls would close out the game, adding five insurance runs in the ninth to secure their first victory of the season.
The top six batters in the Owls' lineup all collected three hits, and every starter had at least one. Egan would lead the way with a three for five performance, including five RBI, a double and two runs scored. Curry would go three for five as well, hitting two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in four runs. Sanderson would also hit two doubles in the game. Angel Morales would pick up his first win of his career, pitching three and a third innings in relief.
The Owls will kick off their spring break trip by playing Norwich on a neutral site on Sunday, March 26th. That doubleheader will take place at Husson University and start at 11 AM.