AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team claimed its first two conference victories of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Colby-Sawyer College in the RussMatt Invitational.
UMF won its sixth straight game against the Chargers with the doubleheader sweep and are off to its best start since the turn of the century. Farmington won the first game, 12-5, and then continued with the offensive momentum in the second game with a, 13-2, victory.
In the first inning, Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) started the scoring spree with a single down the right field line. McCrossin was able to advance to third after a failed pickoff move by CSC pitcher Mike Bowse. Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) continued his hot start to the season with a single up the middle, driving home McCrossin.
The Beavers powered a two-out rally with a single by Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) and Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine)was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Jordan Croteau (Sanford, Maine) hit a bases-clearing single up the middle. Colby-Sawyer got a run back in the bottom of the first inning and closed the gap, 4-1.
UMF added three more runs in the top of the second. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) led off the inning with an infield single and McCrossin gathered another hit. With Hisler in scoring position, Keene roped a single to left field and Hisler was able to pad the Beaver's lead. With the bases loaded, the Chargers had a chance to turn a double play and end the inning. Neal hit a grounder to first baseman Justin Devoid, who threw to shortstop, Tim Donovan, but Neal's wheels beat out Donavan's throw back to first for the fielder's choice and McCrossin scored on the play. On the next play, Keene scored on a balk and the Beavers held a commanding, 7-1, lead.
The Chargers scored two runs in the third and fourth innings and drew within a three-run deficit. The Beavers scored in every inning except for the third. Farmington came through again at the plate in the late innings, scoring two runs in the fifth, and one run in the sixth and seventh innings.
McCrossin, Keene, and Neal combined for 10 of the team's 17 hits in the contest. McCrossin hit 4-for-5 in the first game and scored three times. Keene went 3-for-5 with three RBI's and four runs scored. Neal matched Keene with a 3-for-5 day and three RBI's.
Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) went the distance for UMF for a complete-game five hitter. The senior allowed two earned runs and struck out four batters.
In the second game, the duel was scoreless until the third inning. Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) ripped a double to lead off the inning and McCrossin hit a double of his own to give UMF a, 1-0, lead. The Chargers took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two unearned runs.
Farmington retook the lead in the fourth inning with three singles by Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine), Cartmell, and McCrossin. The trio found holes in the Chargers' defense and four Beavers crossed the plate.
UMF blew the contest open in the sixth inning with seven runs. Keene hit a triple with the bases loaded and Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) singled to center field for the easy score. An RBI single by Riley Chickering and Cartmell reaching on an error gave Farmington a 12-2 advantage.
McCrossin had another strong game with two more hits and three RBI's.
Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) had a career day on the hill for the Beavers. The junior pitched a complete game, did not give up an earned run, and only three Chargers got a hit off of him.
UMaine-Farmington plays Fredonia State on Monday afternoon in the team's final game in Florida.