LEWISTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (9-4, 0-4) forced five errors in Wednesday night's, 6-4, non-conference win over the Bates College at Leahy Field.
The Beavers crossed the plate for the game's first run in the top of the second innings. Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) reached on an error and found himself only 90 feet from the dish after a walk and then moving to third on a wild pitch.
Coach Chris Bessey was aggressive with his base running calls as Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) stole second after drawing the walk, then Croteau bolted for home on the catcher's throw.
The score stayed, 1-0, until the fifth inning when UMF tacked on four more runs. With nobody out, Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) drew a bases-loaded walk, then Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) reached on an error, but two more Beavers came home to score. Croteau stepped up and lined a single to center field as McCrossin trotted home from third. Bates committed three errors in the frame.
Bates got a run back in the bottom of the seventh when an RBI double from Brendan Fox (West Hartford, Conn.). In their next at-bat, the Beavers answered back by taking advantage of another Bobcats error.
Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) led off the seventh by reaching first the error, then advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt by Cartmell and advancing on a catcher's throw on a called third strike. Jimmy Parks (Springvale, Maine) came through with an RBI double as the freshman roped one to the right field gap and gave UMF a, 6-2, advantage.
After plating a run in the eighth inning, the Bobcats put on their rally caps and made things really interesting in the ninth inning. Bates scored two runs to draw within, 6-4, and had a chance to tie the game. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) was able to get the last batter to strike out looking to end the game.
Bradley Jackson had a solid outing on the hill for the Beavers. Jackson pitched 5 2/3 innings and only surrendered two hits and no runs.
UMaine-Farmington wastes little time getting back to the diamond, as the Beavers will host UMaine-Presque Isle on Thursday. The doubleheader starts at 10:00 a.m. at Alfond Athletic Fields at Kents Hill School.