Farmington splits NAC season closer against Lyndon State

Farmington splits NAC season closer against Lyndon State

LYNDON, Vt. -- University of Maine at Farmington senior Zach Keene (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) drove in five runs while freshman brother Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) plated three more to lead the Beavers to a 13-4 win over Lyndon State College, in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Skip Pound Field.

Zach Keene doubled home three runs in the top of the fifth inning, keying a four-run uprising by UMaine-Farmington to stretch its lead to 8-0. Ben Keene hit a sacrifice fly to left field later in the frame, allowing Zach to score.

Lyndon State cut the Farmington lead in half with four runs in the home half of the fifth, with Dylan Newton driving in two runs with a double.

Colin Mello (Windham, Maine/Windham) increased the Beavers' lead to 10-4 with a two-run double in the sixth, while Zach Keene, Ben Keene, and Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) all singled in additional runs.

Zach Keene finished the day 3-for-4 with five runs batted in and three runs scored, while Ben Keene went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and one run.

Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) lasted six innings on the mound and picked up the win, fanning six Hornet batters while allowing four earned runs on 10 hits.

In game two, Lyndon State's Ian Sackett hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to plate the game-winning run and lift Lyndon State to a 9-8 victory over UMaine-Farmington.

Trailing 8-5 heading into their last at bat, the Hornets loaded the bases and pushed across two runs against Beaver reliever Ben Pearson (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler), who walked three of the six batters in the frame. After a walk to pinch-hitter Kyle Whitworth, that plated a run and moved the winning run into scoring position, Sackett came through with a line drive single to right that decided the issue.

Sackett, Newton, R.T. Trucott and Michael Cartularo had two hits each in the contest in support of senior Sam Matthews, who closed out his Lyndon career with a victory. He allowed five earned runs on 11 hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Newton and Cartularo each hit two-run homers in the game for Lyndon State.

Woodbury was a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles for Farmington and Ben Keene added three hits and two runs batted in. Pearson took the loss, allowing two earned runs on one hit while walking three and falling one.

UMaine-Farmington will close out its 2013 home slate on Tuesday, April 30, with a doubleheader against Colby College at Hippach Field. Game one of the doubleheader starts at 2:30 p.m.