FARMINGTON, Maine – After splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, the University of Maine at Farmington baseball team split with New England College again on Sunday in doubleheader action. NEC came out on top in game one, 4-1, but UMF rebounded with a, 12-0, victory in the nightcap.
The first game was very much a pitcher's duel with defensive support. Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) reached on an error in the first inning but Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) came home to score.
NEC came back in its next at-bat to tie the game with an RBI ground out.
The game was deadlocked at one-apiece until the fourth inning when momentum swayed to the Pilgrims' side. The Beavers had a runner in scoring position with two outs when Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) smacked a triple to center field, but after and appeal by New England College, the umpires called Keene out for not touching first base on the pursuit of a triple.
In the top of the sixth, NEC's Steve DeLuca launched a two-run homer to left field for the go-ahead scored and then the Pilgrims tacked on one more run later in the inning.
Bradley Jackson (Wilton, Maine) had a strong outing for the Beavers in 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.
Despite only having three hits in the first game, UMF rebounded in the second game with twelve hits and scored in every inning except for the first.
Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine) ripped an RBI double to left center field in the second inning. UMF opened up back-to-back extra base hits in the third inning and pushed the lead to, 3-0. Keene powered an RBI triple to left center and Ethan Gouin (Sidney, Maine) followed up with an RBI double.
Tyler Flayhan (Sanford, Maine) and Hisler hit back-to-back RBI singles to left field in the fourth inning and then the duo caused havoc for the NEC defense in the fifth inning. Hisler hit a sacrifice fly to left field, then Flayhan stole second later in the inning and Chad Snowman ran home on the catcher's throw to second.
The Beavers added three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Jordan Daigle (Topsham, Maine) got his first career hit and RBI in the sixth inning.
Croteau was 3-for-4 in game two with a pair of runs scored.
Southpaw Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine) gave up only one hit in the second inning on his way to a complete game shutout. The lefty specialist had seven strikeouts.
UMaine-Farmington plays Fisher College on Monday for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.