FARMINGTON — Four important North Atlantic Conference baseball games await the University of Maine at Farmington this weekend when the Beavers host New England College.

All four games are slated for Hippach Field, where conditions are steadily improving and appear to be giving way to the Beavers first home games of the season. Saturday’s opener is set for 1 p.m.

UMF lost a heartbreaker, Monday, 8-5 to Colby College in a game played on Leahey Baseball Field in Lewiston. Colby captured the win scoring three times in the top of the ninth in the scheduled nine inning game.

Dustin McCrossin mustered three hits for the Beavers while teammate Grayson Beressi added two. McCrossin improved his batting average to .347 while Beressi is hitting a lofty .579 on 11-of-19 batting.

Steve DeLuca and Vincent Backert lead New England College in hitting, boosting .340 and .333 averages, respectively. Each have ripped a home run and five doubles. DeLuca paces the Pilgrims with 12 RBI while Backert has eight.

UMF sits in third place in the NAC standing, just behind second place Castleton, whom does not play this weekend.

Four teams will comprised the NAC baseball playoffs and four wins over New England College will all but lock up a spot for the Beavers in the top four. Thomas College trails in fourth place. UMF and Thomas still have four games remaining with each other, while Castleton and the Beavers have four games remaining at Hippach Field at the end of the conference season.

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