LYNN, Mass. – Fisher College junior Jefry Castro threw a complete game two-hitter to pace the Falcons to a 4-0 non-conference victory over the University of Maine at Farmington, in game one of a non-conference doubleheader Saturday at Fraser Field.
The Falcons completed the sweep over the Beavers with a 6-4 victory in game two.
Castro fanned 10 UMaine-Farmington (1-2) batters on his way to the win, while yielding just two walks.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Fisher (17-12) tacked on three runs on three hits in the third. Jose Paulino drew a bases loaded walk, and Joshua Boyd followed up with a sacrifice fly to left. Sammy Alejandro plated the third run of the frame on a fielder's choice to shortstop.
Colin Mello (Windham, Maine/Windham) and Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) recorded UMaine-Farmington's two hits. Starter Ben Pearson (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) took the loss for the Beavers after going five innings and allowing four runs on six hits. Pearson walked five in the outing while striking out two.
In game two, Fisher's Joshua Boyd took a 2-1 fastball to deep left field in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Falcons a 6-4 lead over the Beavers – a lead Fisher would keep through the top of the seventh for the win.
Boyd's homer capped a four-run inning that saw the Falcons erase a two-run deficit.
The Beavers' seventh-inning rally efforts began when Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) drew a two-out walk, but Falcon starter Casey Reed induced a line out to center field for the last out of the inning and the game.
UMF got off to a fast start by scoring two runs in the top of the first. Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) reached on an error by shortshop Paulino, and came around to score one the very next hitter when Jenkins singled to right field. Boyd's attempt to throw out Wallingford at third base was too high, allowing both runners to advance and giving UMF a 1-0 lead. Jenkins would score two batters later when Woodbury singled up the middle.
The Beavers doubled their lead in the top of the third when Wallingford singled to right. He would move into scoring position when Jenkins reached on an error. Mello then singled to right center, scoring Wallingford. After advancing to 3rd, UMF's Jenkins added their fourth run scoring on the back end of a Woodbury double play.
It took until the fifth inning for the Falcons to get on the board when Boyd started with an infield single. An error by UMF's third baseman allowed runners on second and third for the Falcons. Junior Brett Remon drove in Fisher's first run with an RBI groundout to short before Daurys Batista's pinch hit ground out plated Fisher's second run of the inning.
UMF had two players picked off in the top of the sixth to help Fisher escape the inning without any damage. With the momentum on Fisher's side, senior Eridani Dume led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to deep left field. Two pitches later Anthony Peguero singled to right, scoring Dume, then advanced to second on an error by the right fielder.
Yuliano Rodriguez was hit by pitch to give the Falcons runners on first and second, before a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. The Falcons tied the game when Davidson Peguero's sacrifice fly to left was deep enough to score Peguero, setting the stage for Boyd's round-tripper to give Fisher the lead
With the game tied, Boyd sent the Fisher bench into a frenzy by sending the fastball well over the left field fence. The comeback allowed senior Casey Reed to earn his 3rd win of the season. The right-hander went all seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. The senior struck out eight of the 30 batters faced.
Jenkins logged a pair of singles for the Beavers, while Wallingford, Mello, and Woodbury each had a base hit. Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits over his six innings of work in the loss, and logged just one strikeout.
The two teams close out their three-game series with a match up Easter morning at Fraser Field, with first pitch slated for 10:00 a.m.