ORONO, Maine – On a windy and rainy afternoon, the University of Maine at Farmington travelled to the University of Maine to face the Black Bears in a Division I versus Division III matchup at Mahaney Diamond. Maine claimed the regular season finale from the Beavers with a, 14-3, victory.
Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) led off the fourth inning with a double to left field and then moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. After the Beavers loaded the bases, Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) smacked a two-run double into the right center gap. UMF added one more in the inning with a sacrifice fly from Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine).
UMF had another scoring opportunity with one out in the sixth inning when Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) and Neal reached on a single, but the rally quickly ended when the Black Bears turned a 6-4-3 double play.
With two outs in the eight, Grady ripped a one-hopper to Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Ill.) at shortstop, but Chappell threw it away to give UMF a duck on the pond. The Beavers could not plate the run after an inning-ending groundout to Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) at first.
Nate Pushard (Auburn, Maine) started on the hill for the Beavers and struck out one Black Bear in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Relievers Bradley Jackson (Wilton, Maine), Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine), and Brett Elliott (Danville, Vt.), and Ethan Nash (Westbrook Maine) combined for three strikeouts, four earned runs, and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Prior to the game, Colby-Sawyer defeated Lyndon Sate, 5-3, in the first game of a doubleheader which allowed the Beavers to claim the final playoff spot in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament.
UMaine-Farmington will play in the first round of the NAC Tournament on Friday at Castleton. The Spartans earned the top seed and will host the tournament. Game time is still to be determined.