FARMINGTON, Maine -- University of Maine at Farmington baseball (19-14) tied the 1988 squad for the most wins in a single season after winning the first game of Thursday's non-conference doubleheader with the University of Maine at Presque Isle (10-25). The Beavers took game one, 3-1, but their comeback efforts were denied in game two with an 8-5 loss.
Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) got the ball rolling for UMF to start the first game with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the third, Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) lined an RBI double down the left field line to add an insurance run for the Beavers. The double gave Beressi his 100th-career hit as the senior became the 13th member of the 100 hit club and fifth active player.
UMPI came back in the top of the fourth with a run. Brady Rowe and Matt Curry started the inning off with a pair of singles and then moved up a base on a groundout. Rowe came home to score after a wild pitch and trimmed UMF's lead in half, 2-1.
Grady came through in the bottom of the fifth with his second RBI of the game. The senior crushed a single to right field as Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine/Erskine Academy) came into score from second base.
Brett Elliott (Danville, Vt./Danville) tossed five innings, including three hitless innings to begin the outing, and surrendered one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts. Riley Chickering (Otisfield, Maine/Oxford Hills) came in to shut the door in the top of the seventh to earn the save.
In the second game, the Beavers faced an early hole as the Owls posted five runs in the top of the first. Ryan Sanderson produced three runs with one swing of the bat as the freshman hit a three-run home run over the right field fence. Sanderson recorded his fourth RBI of the nightcap with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.
Facing a 6-0 deficit, UMF's offense came alive with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) made it a one-run ballgame with a two-run single into left center.
UMPI tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth for the final margin of victory.
Kevin Carter (Bowdoinham, Maine/Mt. Aratat) had a solid game of relief work. The freshman pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief and only surrendered one run on three hits. At one point, Carter retired eight batters in a row and ten of 11 hitters he faced during the stretch.
UMaine-Farmington wraps up the regular season this weekend with a four-game series against Colby-Sawyer College.