Baseball Sweeps Florida Trip; Off to Hottest Start Since '91

Baseball Sweeps Florida Trip; Off to Hottest Start Since '91

LAKE WALES, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (6-0) is off to its hottest start in 24 years. The Beavers topped Fredonia State, 4-3, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon.

UMF head coach, Chris Bessey, was a player when the Beavers started 6-0 in the 1991 season and won nine of the team's first 10 games.

Farmington grabbed the early lead in the top of the second inning.  After Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a groundout, Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) singled and Leahy trotted home to give the Beavers a, 1-0, advantage.

Fredonia answered back in their at-bats with a pair of runs. A pair of singles gave the Blue Devils some life and then both runs advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. A groundout and a fielder's choice sent players home for the tying and go-ahead scores. 

The Blue Devils padded their lead in the third inning with another run. A lead-off double and then an RBI single gave Fredonia a 3-1 lead. 

UMF got a run back in the fourth when Leahy reached on an error and advanced into scoring position on a groundout. Jimmy Parks (Springvale, Maine) singled and the Beavers were back in the game.

The game remained, 3-2, until the top of the eighth inning when UMF took the lead for good. The Beavers hit back-to-back singles and then Parks came through in the clutch. The junior doubled to right field, which drove home both runners.  

Parks came through in a strong way for the Beavers. The freshman was 2-for-4 with three runs batted, including a double.

Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) pitched an inning of relief and earned the win. Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) shut the door in the eighth and ninth inning and struck out three Blue Devils.

UMaine-Farmington travels to Fisher College for doubleheaders on both this Saturday and Sunday.