NASHUA, NH – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Baseball team (3-22) would get some late offense to rally and take a 4-2 win over Rivier (1-17) College on Friday.
The Raiders would get on the board in the first with a pair of singles plating a run. In the third Jonathan De La Cruz (JR, Haverhill, MA) would send a fly to left that would clear the wall and give the home team a two-run lead. From there UMPI starting pitcher Matt Curry (JR, Caribou, ME) would hold the Rivier offense scoreless. He would manage to dodge out of a two-out, bases loaded situation in the fifth to keep the Owls within striking distance.
The UMPI offense would finally string together a series of hits in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on first, Saul Nunez (JR, Mapleton, ME) would rip a double to left center. Nunez would touch the plate to tie the game two batters later when Jesus Garcia (JR, Jewett City, CT) would single through the right side.
The Owls would finally break the tie in the top of the ninth. UMPI would load the bases with one out and freshman Will Stinson (Skowhegan, ME) would draw a walk to score the go-ahead run. With the infield drawn in, Curry would hit a hard ground ball to the right side. A beautiful diving play by Tyler Ferdinand (JR, Middleboro, MA) would allow him to record the out at first and limit the damage, but the play would give the Owls a two-run cushion.
Curry would give up a leadoff single and a one-out error would put the tying run on base. The threat would end with a hard ground ball to first that would result in a double play, giving the Owls their third victory of the season.
Curry would go the distance and strike out eight while walking just two. Jonathan Chotkowski (SR, Tewksbury, MA) would get a no-decision, despite an excellent outing in which he would strike out ten in six and two thirds innings. The two runs credited to him were unearned.