FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington manufactured 10 runs on 11 hits aided by four New England College errors to take game one of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader, 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at Hippach Field.
New England College bounced back to win the rubber game of the four-game series, 10-6, pounding out 18 hits off three different Beaver pitchers.
In game one, UMaine-Farmington plated three runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy), a ground out by Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), and a sacrifice fly by Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth).
A two-run fourth inning for New England College was keyed by Scott Fortune's (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) single to left-center field, but the Beavers responded with two runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.
McCrossing finished with two runs batted in, while Grady scored twice. Grady, Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence), Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls), and Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) each had two hits. Starter Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston scattered five hits and struck out two Pilgrim batters in the complete game win.
Christopher Smith (Raynham, Mass.) had a pair of hits for the Pilgrims in the losing cause.
In game two, New England College built a 6-1 lead by the midway point of the fifth inning, thanks to a four-run fifth for the Pilgrims behind two-run doubles by Eric Johnson (Whitman, Mass.) and Smith.
Farmington answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits, including an RBI double by Ben Keene, to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Pilgrims came right back with four runs in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 10-4 lead, with Bradon Adorno (Ft. Myers, Fla.) plating two runs on a double to right center. The Beavers put up two runs in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to overtake NEC.
Ben Keene finished game two with two doubles and a triple for three RBI, while Grady was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in.
Smith, Johnson, and Matthew Krum (Paramus, N.J.) each had three hits for the Pilgrims, with Smith plating two runs and Johnson driving in three. NEC pitchers Jordan Hubbard (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Chris Wallace (Manchester, N.H.) combined to keep the Beavers in check, with Hubbard getting credit for the win after going five-and-two-thirds innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Wednesday, April 24, when it faces Bates College in a single game, while New England College will head to Lyndon State for an NAC doubleheader.