WATERTOWN, MA – The Eastern Nazarene Lions (9-6) took advantage of some defensive miscues by the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (4-11) to take a 15-2 victory.
The Lions got the scoring started in the second when Kurt Picarelli (JR, Montrose, NY) hit a homerun to left that bounced off the top of the fence and over. That was the only blemish for Owls' starter Matt Curry (SO, Caribou, ME) as he would go four innings on a limited pitch count, striking out five and giving up just one earned run.
The Owls would get their offense started in the sixth, when Tommy Collins (SR, Pembroke, ME) would lead off the inning with a single, and score on a booming double over the right fielder's head by Matt Cauchon (SO, Kingston, ME). Curry would drive in Cauchon two batters later to tie the game, but the Owls would strand a runner on third and fail to take the lead.
Eastern Nazarene would load the bases in the bottom half, and a Nick Story (JR, Gilbert, AZ) would triple to clear the bases. From there the UMPI defense would falter, as they would go on to give up 9 runs, only one of which was earned.
Cauchon led the Owls' offense, going two for four with a run and an RBI.
The Owls continue on their spring break trip and play St. Joseph's of Brooklyn in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.