PRESQUE ISLE, ME – Rain and wet field conditions limited the Owls Baseball team (2-16) to just three games over spring break. On Sunday, March 26th UMPI matched up with Norwich (5-11) at Husson and played two extra-inning games. The Cadets would walk-off in the first one with a 5-4 win, while the Owls would take the nightcap in the tenth by a final score of 9-5. On Wednesday the Owls matched up with CCNY and lost a back-and-forth contest 11-7.
NU 5 – UMPI 4 (8 Inn.)
In the second inning, Will Stinson (FR, Skowhegan, ME) would single in a run and Matt Curry (JR, Caribou, ME) would score on a passed ball to give the Owls their first lead of the game. After surrendering that lead in the third, UMPI would respond. Solomon Fast (JR, Phillips, ME) would double to center to drive in a run and score on Angel Morales' (FR, Windsor, CT) single, and the Owls would have a 4-3 lead late. The Cadets would rally, and with two outs, get a pinch hit single from Leland Goodenough (JR, Brookfield, VT) to tie the game. UMPI would go in order in the eighth, and Brandon Pedley (SR, Northfield, VT) would single in the bottom half to drive in the winning run.
Tyler McLaughlin (JR, Fremont, CA) would get a no-decision, starting and going seven for the Owls. He would give up nine hits and four runs, but walk just two. Jacob Powell (SO, Frankfort, ME) would get the loss, his run was unearned.
UMPI 9 – NU 5 (10 Inn.)
Martin Egan (FR, East Bridgewater, MA) would single in Matt Cauchon (JR, Kingston, ME) in the first to get the Owls up early. Norwich would answer back with two in the second, but Ryan Sanderson (SO, Cow Bay, NS) would drive in Cauchon with a sacrifice fly in the third. Fast would give the Owls back the lead with a single later in that inning.
An Eddie Gates (JR, Griswold, CT) would plate two, and a three-run third would give the Cadets back the lead. It wasn't until the fifth that UMPI would respond, as they would load the bases to start the inning. A fielder's choice would plate one run, and a second groundout would score another, tying the game.
Both offenses would be relatively quiet until the eighth. After two singles led off the inning, a sacrifice bunt would put those runners into scoring position. The Owls would elect to intentionally walk the next hitter, but the Cadets looked to be in good shape with the bases loaded and just one out. Owls' starter Saul Nunez (JR, Mapleton, ME) would get a hard, one-hop groundball right back at him which he would glove cleanly, throw to Stinson at the plate for the second out, and the relay to first would complete the double play, allowing the Owls to get out of trouble.
In the tenth, Norwich would get the first two outs before Fast would hit a double to center. After Stinson would walk, Justin Mason (SO, Stamford, CT) would line a single to center to score Fast. Morales would step up to the plate next and double to right center, driving in Stinson. After a pitching change, Cauchon would drive in two insurance runs with a double to right. Nunez would finish off the tenth inning for the complete game victory on the mound.
Nunez would strike out six, and give up five runs on nine hits while earning the win on the mound. Cauchon would lead the offensive effort, going four for five for the Owls, with two RBI, and two runs scored. Fast would finish three for five with two RBI.
CCNY 11 – UMPI 7
CCNY would lift two fly balls to right that would carry out to right, one of which would be a grand slam and the other a three run shot as the Beavers would come from behind twice to take the win.
The Owls would have a 3-0 lead early before the Adrian Pena (SR, Bronx, NY) would give the host team a 6-3 lead. The Owls would respond in the seventh as Curry, Fast, Stinson, and Morales would all collect RBI singles, and UMPI would reclaim the lead.
Anthony Cacchione (JR, Drexel Hill, PA would hit his three run home run in the seventh and Edgar Arrango (JR, Brooklyn, NY) would drive in two in the eighth with a double. The Owls would strand a runner in both the eighth and ninth as they were unable to string together hits to come back for a third time.
Sanderson would go three for four with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Stinson would also collect three hits in five at bats, scoring a run and driving o