FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (16-14, 9-11) nearly erased an eight-run deficit in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Castleton State (26-9, 18-4) at Hippach Field. The Spartans claimed game one, 11-9, and then had a strong offensive showing the second game with a, 15-2, victory.
The Beavers tried to dig themselves out of an early, 8-0, hole in the third inning. Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) singled home a run and then added one more on an RBI groundout.
After Castleton tallied three more runs in the fifth, Farmington put together a four-run rally in the sixth inning to draw within two runs of tying the game. Cabaniss charted his second RBI hit of the afternoon and then after another RBI groundout, Tom Grady smacked a two-run single.
UMF could not gain any ground in the seventh inning with a one-two-three inning.
Cabaniss was 3-for-4 in the first game with a pair of runs scored and four RBIs. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) also had three hits and crossed the plate three times.
In round two, the Beavers tried to climb out of another hole but this one was just too deep.
Trailing 6-0 after an inning and a half, Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) crushed a home run to left field to get UMF on the scoreboard. In the third, Beressi drove home the only other run for Farmington with an RBI single to left field.
Castleton's pitching held UMF to only four hits in the second game.
Beressi recorded a hit in two trips to the plate with a run scored and drove in UMF's pair of runs.
Castleton and UMaine-Farmington will square off for a doubleheader on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday's doubleheader also marked the "You Can Play" game for UMF and the North Atlantic Conference. To find out more information about the NAC's involvement with"You Can Play," visit the NAC You Can Play webpage.