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April 26, 2014

Grover’s doubleheader cycle leads Beavers to sweep Owls

FARMINGTON, Maine -- University of Maine at Farmington freshman Kennadi Grover hit for the cycle over Saturday's doubleheader with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and recorded three runs, six RBI, and a home run to lead the Beavers to a 7-0, 10-3 doubleheader sweep of the Owls at Prescott Field.

Grover went 2-for-3 in the day's first game, including a lead-off solo home run she slammed to right field in the second inning for what proved to be the game-winning run. The Beavers added a second run later in the frame, when Katherine Smedberg's sacrifice fly to right field allowed Hannah Lust to score.

The Beavers tacked on a single run in the fourth on Grover's ground out to second that scored Katie Clark.

UMaine-Farmington effectively put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning on five hits, keyed by an Amy Jones RBI double to center and Grover's single through the left side to score an additional run.

Beaver freshman Courtney Fowler got the start in the circle and fanned four UMPI batters while scattering four hits in the complete game shutout victory. The Owls' Katelyn Dow allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in the loss.

UMaine-Presque Isle was able to generate a little more offense in game two, but Farmington scored three runs in the sixth to finish with a comfortable margin of victory.

Grover doubled down the right field line with one out in the first inning, allowing Clark and Natasha DeRoche to score and helping the Beavers grab an early 3-0 lead.

After the two teams traded single runs in the second inning, UMaine-Farmington grabbed a 6-1 lead in the third with a pair of runs. Grover belted a triple to right field to complete her cycle for the day and score DeRoche, who got aboard on an UMPI error. Grover crossed later in the inning on Haley Berry's grounder to second.

DeRoche extended the Beavers' lead to 7-1 with an RBI single in the fourth to score Dayle Jordan.

UMaine-Presque Isle closed the gap with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on three hits. Two of those runs crossed on one hit, Brittany Luetjen's two-out, bases loaded single into center field.

The Beavers got those runs back and then some in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs on Clark's two-run shot to left field and a wild pitch later in the frame that allowed DeRoche to score from third with two outs.

Farmington starter Kristen Manzo went the distance and got the win, despite allowing seven hits and issuing four walks. UMPI's Whitney Donovan allowed 10 runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks and took the loss.

UMaine-Farmington closes out its home slate on Sunday, April 27, when it hosts Johnson State College at 12:00 p.m. on Prescott Field. UMaine-Presque Isle will play the club program from the University of Maine in Orono on Sunday.

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