NEC notches NEAC East wins over UMF

NEC notches NEAC East wins over UMF

HENNIKER, N.H. -- New England College took a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division games from the University of Maine at Farmington as the Pilgrims defeated the Beavers 5-3, 9-8 this afternoon at Laurie Cox Memorial Field.

UMF (7-25 overall, 6-15 NEAC East) and NEC (20-16, 7-15) are scheduled to meet again on Sunday. The doubleheader has been moved up to a 10 a.m. start.

In the first game, the Pilgrims scraped together two runs on an error and a sacrifice fly to emerge from the opener with a 5-3 victory.

UMF's Ed Flaherty (Baileyville, Maine) smacked his first collegiate home run to tie the game at 3-3 in the fourth. Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine) rapped a pair of singles in the loss, while Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine) and Matthew Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine) each had an RBI single.

Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) took the loss with eight hits allowed, a walk and a strikeout over six innings.

Lucas Burgess singled, tripled and drove in a run for NEC, which received two doubles from Pierce Byrd and a single and a double out of Francisco DiRe.

Chris Wallace went the distance for the win, scattered eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

In the second game, NEC scored twice in the eighth to earn a wild win over the Beavers 9-8 in the nightcap.

With UMF leading 4-3 entering the seventh, Ben Yarian (South Berwick, Maine) connected for an RBI double and Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine) followed with a two-run two-base hit to give the Beavers a 7-3 lead. NEC pushed across four runs in the home half -- an RBI single each by Burgess, Juan Berrios and Scott Fortune -- to knot the contest at 7-7.

A sacrifice fly by Jack MacVane (Mechanic Falls, Maine) gave UMF an 8-7 edge in the eighth, but Byrd tripled, scored on an error, and Berrios singled home Chris Biskup to give the Pilgrims the 9-8 win.

Winchenbach finished with a single, double and four RBI with Colin Mello (Windham, Maine) providing two singles and a triple and Yarian chipping in two singles and a double. Keene had a single and a double and Wallingford singled twice in the loss.

Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine) took the loss in relief with four hits allowed and a strikeout.

Burgess singled twice and doubled and Berrios ended up with three hits to lead NEC.

DiRe went 6.1 innings in the victory with seven hits allowed, four walks and four strikeouts.


 Brett Wallingford  Joe Sullivan  Dale Winchenbach  Ben Yarian  Ed Flaherty