WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team struggled to get effective pitching as it took on a Utica College squad that was playing its first games of the season, and dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Pioneers on Sunday at the Chain of Lakes Baseball Complex.
Utica posted a 22-6 in over UMaine-Farmington (3-3) in game one, and knocked off the Beavers, 15-1 in five innings, in game two. The second game was shortened due to impending darkness.
The Beavers used seven pitchers over the combined 12 innings in two games, and yielded 30 earned runs on 30 hits and 23 walks against 16 strikeouts.
Utica (2-0) jumped all over Farmington pitching early in game one with a four-run first inning, keyed by a three-run home run by Ryan Watson.
The Beavers rallied with six runs on seven hits in the top of the second, two of which crossed on a Ben Keene single through the right side.
The Pioneers added a single run in the bottom of the second and took the lead with two runs in the third on RBI walks drawn by Ben Hobaica and Alec Choleva. Utica extended its lead to 14-6 in the bottom of the fourth with seven more runs, including a two-run blast by Thomas Dinnen.
Two more Pioneer runs in the fifth and six in the sixth helped seal the game one win for Utica.
Reliever Bradley Jackson was charged with the loss for the Beavers; he came on in the second inning and allowed six runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in two innings of work. Utica reliever Vincent Burillo earned the win in his four innings of work.
In game two, Utica again got in the board early with two runs in the first inning, and took a commanding lead with six runs in the second. The Pioneers plated their six runs on just two hits and five walks.
A two-run double by Burillo keyed a five-run third inning for Utica, and the Pioneers added two more runs in the fourth.
Ben Pearson got the start in game two for the Beavers, lasting two innings and getting charged with the loss after allowing eight earned runs. Ryan Camire came on in the third and pitched three innings with six strikeouts.
Choleva earned the five-inning, complete game shutout, scattering five hits and fanning five UMF batters.
UMaine-Farmington concludes its Florida trip on Monday morning with a single 9-inning game against Sewanee.