Beavers battle back for Thomas twinbill split

Beavers battle back for Thomas twinbill split

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Jack MacVane (Mechanic Falls, Maine) singled twice and drove in a pair of runs as the University of Maine at Farmington grabbed a 4-3 win over Thomas College for a split of a North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division baseball doubleheader at Hippach Field this afternoon.

The Terriers trounced UMF 16-5 in the opener.

The Beavers (6-21 overall, 5-12 NEAC East) are slated to visit Lyndon State College Thursday at 2 p.m. for a divisional doubleheader. Thomas (21-10, 16-2) is scheduled to travel to Husson University in NEAC East play Thursday at 4 p.m.

In the first game, Thomas got off to an 8-0 first-inning start and rolled to the 16-5 victory.

The Terriers turned in 18 hits, headlined by two singles and a double by Jeff Richardson (Rochester, N.H.) and two singles and a double for Joshua Gray (Eliot, Maine). Ben Goodall (Norway, Maine) singled and homered in the win with Taylor Livingston (North Andover, Mass.) and Rob Nutter (Kennebunk, Maine) each supplying two singles.

Goodall slugged a two-run blast and Richardson smacked an RBI double to lead the Terriers out to an 8-0 command after one inning. Thomas led 12-0 before the Beavers struck in the sixth with a Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine) two-run double.

Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine) also had a double for UMF, while Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine) singled twice.

Austin Clark (Jay, Maine) took the loss for the Beavers with eight hits allowed and two free passes.

Chris Farrar (Sidney, Maine) threw six innings with four hits allowed, a walk, a hit batter and four strikeouts to earn the victory.

In the second game, MacVane helped the Beavers build a 4-0 lead and Casey Ashey (Searsport, Maine) closed out the first collegiate win for Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) as UMF took the 4-3 win.

Sullivan allowed eight hits, while walking four and striking out two over 5.2 innings. Ashey retired four batters with a strikeout for the save.

Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine) and MacVane each plated a run with a hit in the third and MacVane and Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine) had an RBI single each in the fifth as the Beavers took a 4-0 advantage. Goodall and Gray delivered back-to-back sacrifice flies and Nutter had an RBI single to chase Sullivan from the contest in the sixth. Ashey got the final out of that frame and a 1-2-3 seventh to finish the win.

MacVane and Wallingford each had a pair of hits for the Beavers.

Nutter and Cody Vigue (Skowhegan, Maine) each smacked two singles for the Terriers.

James McLamb (Livermore Falls, Maine) took the loss for Thomas with a walk and two strikeouts over 4.2 innings.