Waterville, ME – The UMPI Baseball team took on North Atlantic Conference opponent Thomas College in their second doubleheader this weekend. The Owls would lose both games despite a close game two. Losing the first game 16-2 and losing the second 4-3 with a walk off single.
Nicholas Perfitt (Houlton, ME) started on the mound for the Owls in game one, pitching three innings allowing nine hits and six earned runs. Zach Butterfield (Whiteriver Jct. VT), Joey Lippo (Coupeville, WA) and Roberto De La Pena (Porterville, CA) each pitched for the Owls as well. Ryan Scepansky earned the win on the mound for the Terriers allowing four hit and no earned runs.
It was all Terriers early, as they score a pair of runs in both the first and second innings to give them a 4-0 lead early in the game. Thomas continued to bring in runs with three more in the third and three more in the fourth, coming off 11 hits in the first four innings by the Terriers.
The Owls were able to get on the board in the top of the fifth inning with a single shortstop by Joseph Blake (Standardsville, VA) to bring in pinch runner Campton Tinkham (Manchester, ME). The Terriers added another surge of runs in the sixth inning adding six runs and giving them a 16-1 lead. The Owls were able to put another run on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh from a bases loaded walk, before the game ended.
Jordan Hanscom (Lincoln, ME) earned his first start on the mound for the Owls, pitching 6.1 innings and only allowing six hits and four earned runs. Nathan Church (Dover Foxcroft, ME) would come in to finish the game in the seventh. Nicholas Howard started the game for the Terriers on the mound, while Jacob Lacroix earned the save.
Game two started in similar fashion with a quick start for the Terriers, scoring two runs in the first off a double. Although, this time the Owls were right there ready to answer. After allowing two hits and two runs in the first Hanscom followed with pitching a no hitter in the following three innings. Along with their defense, the Owls offense gave them the lead. In the top of the third, Joey Lippo (Coupeville, WA) hit an RBI single to bring home Campton Tinkham (Manchester, ME).
Although it was a big fourth inning that gave the Owls the lead. Payton Jones (Green Cove Springs, FL) led off with a single, then making his way to third off a stolen base and a Terriers error. William Stinson (Norridgewock, ME) then followed with a single to bring home the tying run. Stinson would eventually make his way to third, where Dalton Gillis (Middleburg, FL) would hit an RBI single to give the Owls the lead. The Terriers would then tie the game a three each in the bottom of the fifth. It was not until the bottom of the seventh that the Terriers got a runner in scoring position and end the game in walk-off fashion.