FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington rallied back to take the lead in the first game of a doubleheader against UMaine-Presque Isle, only for the Owls to answer back in the top of the seventh to secure a win. The Beavers tried rallying in the bottom of the seventh of the second game, but suffered the sweep (6-4, 10-7) at Prescott Field on Saturday.

Makayla Wilson’s three-run double in the sixth inning of the first game gave the Beavers a brief 4-3 lead, but Roni Shaw and Leavitt grad Delanie Strout had consecutive two-out, RBI singles in the seventh to score three runs and take the lead back. Former Lisbon standout Kiley Merritt and Olivia Paradis both singled in the bottom of the seventh and reached second and third with one out, but UMPI pitcher Brookelynn Garcia closed the door to finish off a complete-game victory.

Paradis had two of the Beavers’ seven hits, and Gray-New Gloucester grad Chelsea Davis was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Broghan Gagnon pitched a complete game for UMF.

In the second game, the Beavers were down 3-2 after two innings until the Owls scored six in the top of the third to take control. UMF got two runs back in the fourth to cut it to 9-4. Pinch hitter Morgan Noyes started the rally in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single. Wilson and Kayla Hammer had consecutive RBI groundouts, but the Beavers couldn’t get any closer after those two outs.

Winthrop grad Kayleigh Oberg was 3 for 3 with two RBIs in the game, and Merritt was 2 for 3. Strout went 2 for 5 in game two for UMPI, which got a complete game from Olivia Riitano.

Gagnon took the loss after pitching the first 1 2/3 innings. Maddelyn Souza finished up the game in the circle.

UMF BASEBALL BLANKED TWICE BY HUSSON

The UMF baseball team played the third and fourth games of its five-game, season-opening series against in-state and conference rival Husson in Bangor. The Beavers are still looking for their first run of the season after getting shut out twice Saturday, 6-0 and 4-0.

Chris Albert took the loss in game one, pitching five innings. TJ Dorn pitched the sixth. Cam Graham earned the win for the Eagles, pitching 5 2/3 innings with just three hits and three walks allowed. Jackson Thayer allowed just one hit in relief. Riley Bartell had two of the hits for UMF.

Ky Morris threw a complete game for the Beavers in game two, allowing nine hits in six innings. Bartell had two more hits at the plate for UMF, and Oxford Hills grad Hunter LaBossiere had a hit and a stolen base.

Brandon Brunell pitched four shutout innings for the win for Husson, scatter three hits. Jake Gregoire pitched two hitless innings of relief, and Jesse Colford worked around a hit in the seventh.


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