Beavers take two off Thomas to close regular season

Beavers take two off Thomas to close regular season

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The University of Maine at Farmington closed out the 2014 regular season with the most wins in 15 seasons after a 3-1, 6-0 sweep of Thomas College, in a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday night at Ryan Field.

UMaine-Farmington heads into the NAC Tournament with a 13-20 overall record, 12-10 in conference play.  The Beavers' 13 wins are the most since a 13-16 mark in 1999. UMF has won seven of its last nine games heading into post-season play.

Thomas was eliminated from post-season contention with the two losses, and closed its 2014 campaign with a 9-29 overall record, 8-15 in the NAC.

GAME ONE

UMaine-Farmington got on the board first in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Ben Keene, knocking in Sean Cabaniss. The Beavers added two more runs in the top of the sixth, coming off a single from Jordon Croteau, driving in Grayson Beressi and Chad Snowman.

Thomas looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. The Terriers comeback attempt came up short, only pushing one run across on a sacrifice fly from Anree Benitez, scoring Jordon Gibson.

Mark Leahy picked up the victory for the Beavers, throwing six innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking two and striking out one.

James McLamb took the loss for the Terriers, throwing 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out five.

GAME TWO

UMaine-Farmington pushed across all six of their runs in the fifth in inning, while holding Thomas scoreless to take the nightcap, 6-0.

The Beavers had three hits – all doubles – in the fifth and took advantage of two Terrier errors on their way to plating the game-winning runs.

Cabaniss doubled to score Snowman and Brett Wallingford, then Jimmy Neal hit a double to score Keene and Cabaniss. Ethan Gouin scored the final two runs of the inning on a two RBI double that plated Beressi and Neal.

Despite being on the mound for the five runs, only one was earned for CJ Pendleton, who suffered the loss in 4.2 innings of work. Rett Adams suffered the other earned run, while Isiah Fleming tossed 1.1 innings of relief, and Tim Brosnahan threw a shutout third of an inning.

Bradley Jackson earned the win on the bump for the Beavers, going six innings and giving up just two hits. Ryan Camire threw the seventh inning in a non-save situation, giving up two hits and a walk, but was able to get a double play and a strikeout and get out of the jam.

UMaine-Farmington will open the 2014 NAC Tournament on Friday, May 2, at 2:30 p.m. when the third-seeded Beavers face second-seeded Husson.  No. 1 seed Castleton State, who face No. 4 seed Lyndon State in Friday's opening game, will host the tournament.

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