Sullivan pitches UMF baseball to split versus Thomas

Sullivan pitches UMF baseball to split versus Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine – Sophomore righthander Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) scattered four hits and fanned six Thomas College batters to lead the University of Maine at Farmington to a 3-1 win over the Terriers, to salvage a split out of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Ryan Field.

UMaine-Farmington dropped game one of the twinbill to Thomas, 5-4. The Beavers are now 3-11 on the season, 2-8 in the NAC, while Thomas improved to 6-13, 5-1 NAC.

Sullivan allowed just one earned run and issued one walk in the complete game win, improving to 1-2 on the season.

The Beavers scored all the runs they would need for the win in the top of the first inning. Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) stroked a lead off single into center field, and advanced to second on Brett Wallingford's (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) sacrifice. After a fly out to deep center that allowed him to scamper to third, Winchenbach scored on a passed ball.

Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) and Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) each hit two-out singles, and Woodbury scored on an error at first base to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.

Farmington added a third run in the fourth when Jenkins got aboard with a lead off single and scored on error by the Thomas catcher.

In game two, Thomas built a 5-1 lead through five innings and held on despite UMaine-Farmington's comeback bid.

Dillon Emers belted a two-run double to account for both Terrier runs in the fourth inning, after the first two Thomas batters reached on a single and a walk. Emers' single to right field drove in two of Thomas' three runs in the fifth, with a Zack Groat sac fly to center field plating the third Terrier run.

The Beavers got two runs back in the sixth, with a single by Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) to right field that scored Colin Mello (Windham, Maine/Windham). A Terrier error with two outs and a runner on third would result in the other run, as Ethan Jean (Jackson, Maine/Mt. View) crossed home plate.

Mello belted an RBI triple to center field for another run in the seventh, bringing Farmington to within one run of Thomas with the trying run at third. Terrier reliever Cody Vigue got out of the jam with a strikeout to seal the win.

Ben Pearson (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) started on the mound for Farmington and struck out six Terriers, but allowed five runs on four hits and four walks over four-and-a-third innings for the loss. Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) came on in the fifth with two on and one out, and allowed just one hit over his one-and-two-thirds innings on the hill.

Mello and Jenkins each finished the day 3-for-6 at the plate; Jenkins tallied two runs scored, while Mello had one run scored and two runs batted in on his two doubles and one triple.

After 10 games over the past seven days, UMaine-Farmington baseball will finally get to enjoy a couple days off before returning to action this Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, with a four-game series at Colby-Sawyer College.

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