LAKELAND, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball rallied from a tough loss in game one to post a 4-3 victory over Medaille College (N.Y.) in game two and salvage a split in the two teams' non-conference doubleheader at Tenoroc High School.
The Beavers fell to the Mavericks, 9-4, in the opener of the twinbill.
UMaine-Farmington improved to 3-1 overall with the split, while Medaille completed its week in Florida with a 4-4 mark.
The Beavers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to break a 2-2 lead, thanks to a Medaille miscue on a one-out sacrifice laid down by Trevor Hisler.
Maverick pitcher Erik Balcerzak's throw to first on the play sailed wide of the bag and rolled a long way down the fence in the expansive foul territory at Tenoroc High School, allowing Jordan Croteau and Chad Snowman to score from third and second. Hisler ended up at third, but was unable to score.
Farmington took a 2-0 led in the second inning on two-out RBI singles by Croteau and Hisler. Medaille responded in the fourth with two runs, after the first two batters reached on an HBP and a single and were sacrificed home later in the frame.
Croteau, Snowman, and Hisler accounted for three of UMF's five hits in the 6-7-8 spots in the batting order in game two.
Beaver starter Jimmy Neal was lifted early in the game in favor of freshman Brandon Soper, who scattered three hits with two strikeouts in the win. Balcerzak was charged with two earned runs on five hits with one strikeout, and took the loss for Medaille.
In game one, the Beavers managed eight hits but stranded nine base runners and struggled to get their offense in gear, after the Mavericks got on the board with some early big innings.
Medaille plated four runs in the first inning, including a three-run double to deep left-center off the bat of Ryan Markiewicz. A long single to left field by T.J. Serba scored two more runs, and Markiewicz punctuated a three-run third with a solo home run to left center.
UMaine-Farmington cut into Medaille's 9-1 lead with two runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Ethan Gouin, and Snowman put up one run for the Beavers in the seventh with an RBI single to right field.
Four different pitchers saw action for Farmington in game one, with starter Mark Leahy getting tagged with the loss. He was charged with all nine runs on six hits with five walks.
The Beavers continue play in Florida on Sunday with a twinbill against Utica College.