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Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:43 am

UMF Picked Third in Latest Preseason Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. -- The University of Maine at Farmington was selected to finish third in the 2015 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball preseason poll, which was released on Monday. The Beavers were in third with 35 points and placed behind top-seeded Castleton with 48 points and Husson with 41 points.Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head baseball coaches.

2015 Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll


Team

Points (First Place Votes)

1.Castleton48 (6)
2.Husson41 (1)
3.UMaine-Farmington 35
4.Thomas 26
5.Lyndon 18
6. Colby-Sawyer 16
7. New England College 12

UMaine-Farmington fifth-year head coach Chris Bessey returns 19 players from 2014 including eight starters. The Beavers will look to senior Joe Sullivan (pitcher) and juniors Sean Cabaniss (outfielder), Tom Grady (outfielder), Ben Keene (first base), and Dustin McCrossin (second base) and sophomore Trevor Hisler to guide them. Top newcomers include pitcher/outfielder Riley Chickering and pitcher Nate Pushard. UMF will look to build on last year's third place finish in the NAC. The Beavers have Bates and Colby scheduled as a couple of the team's top non-conference opponents.

UMaine-Farmington will kick off their season in Florida on March 13th at the RussMatt Invitational.

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Re: Baseball 2015: UMF

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:54 am

Season Preview: UMF Baseball

FARMINGTON, Maine – After winning the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Coach of the Year last season, University of Maine at Farmington baseball head coach Chris Bessey returns for his fifth season along with five players who received All-Conference honors in 2014.

Bessey has a strong core of returning players with 19 of this year’s 28 players coming back for the 2015 season. On the hill, ace Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) enters his final season in maroon and white after earning Second Team All-Conference last season and leading the team in complete games, innings pitched, and tied for the lead with four wins.

Also earning Second Team All-Conference from last season, juniors Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine); Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine); and Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine). Neal was a key performer for the Beavers last season both on the mound and at the plate. He batted .294 over just 68 at-bats in his first season at UMF. Six of his 20 hits were for extra bases, and Neal led the Beavers with 15 walks. On the mound, Neal posted a 3-1 record with a 1.67 ERA, allowing with just five earned runs over 27.0 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts.

Cabaniss finished 2014 with a .317 average after hitting a team-best 38 hits in his 120 at bats, including 11 multiple hit games. He ranked ninth in the NAC in total hits. Cabaniss' average blossomed to .329 with 24 hits and 13 runs scored versus NAC rivals.

McCrossin put together a .306 overall batting average in his sophomore season; he batted .328 in conference games with five extra base hits and a .453 slugging percentage. He tallied 12 RBI and 14 runs scored while playing in 31 games. McCrossin recorded four multiple RBI games this season for the Beavers, most on the team.

Rounding out the juniors – Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) returns to the mound for the Beavers after tying Sullivan for the team lead in wins last season. Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) stole 14 bases in 2014 and was only caught four times and second on the team with 33 hits. Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) hit six doubles in his sophomore season to lead all UMF hitters and was only one of three players on the team to hit a home run. Southpaw Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine) adds a lefty specialist to the Beavers’ pitching staff after making six pitching starts last year with one complete game. Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) played in all 36 games in 2014 and second on the team with six stolen bases. Jordan Daigle (Topsham, Maine) adds depth to the UMF outfield and recorded a .333 on-base percentage last season.

As the only Beaver to be selected as a First Team All-Conference selection in 2014, sophomore Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) returns for his second season and posted a .318 batting average during the regular season. He was one of only three freshmen named to the All-NAC teams. Nine more sophomores will join Hisler in 2015 – behind the plate sits Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) and Ethan Gouin (Sanford, Maine). The pair of catchers combined for a .945 fielding percentage. Chad Snowman (Dixfield, Maine) played in 20 games last season in the outfield and did not commit an error. Abbott MacKay (Sanford, Maine) recorded a .667 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage as a freshman. Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) will give the Beavers infield a boost. As a freshman, Cartmell committed only one error and turned one double play. Bradley Jackson (Wilton, Maine) will look to be a presence on the Beavers’ pitching staff after making 10 pitching appearances as a freshman. Peter Doucette (Brunswick, Maine) enters his second season as a Beaver infielder.

The first-year newcomers include – Anthony Bianco (Brooklin, Maine); Tyler Flayhan (Sanford, Maine); Nate Pushard (Auburn, Maine); Nick Attaliades-Ryan (Otisfield, Maine); Taylor Lockhart (Hallowell, Maine); and Brett Elliott (Danville, Vt.).

Slated to finish third in the NAC preseason poll, the Beavers will try to ride last season’s momentum into the heart of conference play. UMaine-Farmington's 14 wins in 2014 were the most since the 1999 season and the Beavers' 12 NAC wins are the most since joining the conference.

After wrapping up a spring trip in Lakeland, Florida, at the RussMatt Invitational, UMF will make a non-conference visit to Fisher on March 21-22 and host Bates and UMaine-Presque Isle in April. The Beavers will wrap up the regular season with a non-division game at Orono to play the Black Bears on April 28 before the NAC Tournament begins on May 1, 2015.

Opening day is set for March 13 at 2:30 p.m. for UMF as the team plays Medaille in the RussMatt Invitational.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:35 am

UMF Baseball Wins Big in Season Opener

LAKELAND, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (1-0) had 20 total hits in Friday’s, 16-6, non-conference win over Medaille College at the RussMatt Invitational.

The Beaver wasted zero time getting on the scoreboard. In the first inning, Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) led off the inning with a walk. Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) singled to right and Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) followed with a single of his own to drive in the game’s first run. Two batters later, Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) gave the Beavers a pair of insurance runs with a two-RBI double to right center. Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine) drove in Neal on a fielder’s choice and after one frame of baseball, UMF held a 4-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the second inning, Keene grounded into a double play but Trevor Hisler was able to score from third.

The Mavericks closed the gap in the fourth inning with three runs. After an error and back-to-back walks, Medaille’s Daniel Luppens doubled to drive in a pair and Jake Tyno hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield for the RBI.

In the bottom of the frame, UMF tacked on four more runs to claim a, 9-3, advantage after four innings.

Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) powered UMF’s first home run of the season with a three-run big fly in the fifth inning. After McCrossin reached on a fielder’s choice and Keene singled, Grady hit his second career home run.

After Medaille scored in the sixth, the Beavers answered back in the seventh inning when Keene singled to left center for his third RBI of the afternoon.

UMF tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning. Ethan Gouin (Sanford, Maine) drove home Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) after Beressi tripled to deep center field. The Beavers scored a pair when Keene hit his fourth single of the day.

Keene went 4-for-6 with a team-best five RBI. Neal followed with a 3-for-4 day and drove in four runs. Beressi had a solid afternoon with two triples in a 4-for-5 performance at the plate.

Nate Pushard (Auburn, Maine) started on the hill for the Beavers and picked up his first career win. The freshman gave up three hits, one earned run, and struck out two batters in four innings of work in his collegiate debut. Riley Chickering (Otisfield Maine) came on in relief and struck out a batter in three innings.

UMaine-Farmington returns to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader with Alfred State in the RussMatt Inviational. The first game starts at 12:00 p.m. at the Frostproof Athletic Complex in Lakeland, Fla.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:22 am

UMF Takes Doubleheader from Alfred State

FROSTPROOF, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball club (3-0) swept Saturday’s doubleheader against non-conference opponent Alfred State with a, 14-8, and a, 9-8, victory in the RussMatt Invitational.

In game one, a total of 10 runs were scored in the first inning. Alfred State put up four runs in the opening frame with an RBI single and three-run home run.

In the bottom of the first, Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) walked with the bases loaded to get the Beavers on the board.

After Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) singled home a run, Ethan Gouin (Sanford, Maine) followed with a two-run double. UMF had taken over after one inning, 6-4.

The Beavers added to their lead in the third inning with three more runs. Grady found the gap in left center field to bring Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) and Sean Cabaniss (Vassalbror, Maine) home. Beressi hit a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Ben Keene from third.

Beressi hit 3-for-4 in the first game with five runs batted in. Jordan Croteau and Grady also had strong games at the plate with three RBI’s apiece.

Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) earned the win on the mound for UMF. Neal gave up four hits and struck out three batters in four innings on the hill.

In part two of the double header, UMF played the role of comeback kids after trailing for most of the game.

With UMF behind, 7-3, in the top of the sixth inning, the Beavers rallied for four runs. The one-out rally started with back-to-back singles by Cabaniss and Keene, and then Grady doubled to left field. Beressi cleared the bases with a two-run triple that gave UMF a one-run lead.

Alfred State tied the game in the bottom of the six with a solo home run by Cullen Franz.

Farmington took the lead for good in the last inning. Nick Attaliades-Ryan (Otisfield, Maine) walked and advanced to third on a throwing error by ASC’s shortstop. Cabaniss laid down a bunt and beat out the throw, and then Attaliades-Ryan advanced on the throw for the game-winning run. Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) came on the hill to shut the door in the bottom of the frame and secured the win.

Cabaniss had a perfect afternoon at the plate in the second game with a 4-for-4 day and a team-best three runs batted in.

UMaine-Farmington faces its first North Atlantic Conference opponent on Sunday. The Beavers play a doubleheader against Colby-Sawyer at 2:30 p.m. in the RussMatt Invitational.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:18 am

Beavers Stay Perfect with Two Conference Wins Over Colby-Sawyer

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team claimed its first two conference victories of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Colby-Sawyer College in the RussMatt Invitational.

UMF won its sixth straight game against the Chargers with the doubleheader sweep and are off to its best start since the turn of the century. Farmington won the first game, 12-5, and then continued with the offensive momentum in the second game with a, 13-2, victory.

In the first inning, Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) started the scoring spree with a single down the right field line. McCrossin was able to advance to third after a failed pickoff move by CSC pitcher Mike Bowse. Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) continued his hot start to the season with a single up the middle, driving home McCrossin.

The Beavers powered a two-out rally with a single by Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) and Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine)was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Jordan Croteau (Sanford, Maine) hit a bases-clearing single up the middle. Colby-Sawyer got a run back in the bottom of the first inning and closed the gap, 4-1.

UMF added three more runs in the top of the second. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) led off the inning with an infield single and McCrossin gathered another hit.

With Hisler in scoring position, Keene roped a single to left field and Hisler was able to pad the Beaver’s lead. With the bases loaded, the Chargers had a chance to turn a double play and end the inning. Neal hit a grounder to first baseman Justin Devoid, who threw to shortstop, Tim Donovan, but Neal’s wheels beat out Donavan’s throw back to first for the fielder’s choice and McCrossin scored on the play. On the next play, Keene scored on a balk and the Beavers held a commanding, 7-1, lead.

The Chargers scored two runs in the third and fourth innings and drew within a three-run deficit. The Beavers scored in every inning except for the third. Farmington came through again at the plate in the late innings, scoring two runs in the fifth, and one run in the sixth and seventh innings.

McCrossin, Keene, and Neal combined for 10 of the team’s 17 hits in the contest. McCrossin hit 4-for-5 in the first game and scored three times. Keene went 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and four runs scored. Neal matched Keene with a 3-for-5 day and three RBI’s.

Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) went the distance for UMF for a complete-game five hitter. The senior allowed two earned runs and struck out four batters.

In the second game, the duel was scoreless until the third inning. Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) ripped a double to lead off the inning and McCrossin hit a double of his own to give UMF a, 1-0, lead. The Chargers took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two unearned runs.

Farmington retook the lead in the fourth inning with three singles by Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine), Cartmell, and McCrossin. The trio found holes in the Chargers’ defense and four Beavers crossed the plate.

UMF blew the contest open in the sixth inning with seven runs. Keene hit a triple with the bases loaded and Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) singled to center field for the easy score. An RBI single by Riley Chickering and Cartmell reaching on an error gave Farmington a 12-2 advantage.

McCrossin had another strong game with two more hits and three RBI’s.

Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) had a career day on the hill for the Beavers. The junior pitched a complete game, did not give up an earned run, and only three Chargers got a hit off of him.

UMaine-Farmington plays Fredonia State on Monday afternoon in the team’s final game in Florida.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:25 am

Beavers Sweep Florida Trip; Off to Hottest Start Since '91

LAKE WALES, Fla. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (6-0) is off to its hottest start in 24 years. The Beavers topped Fredonia State, 4-3, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon.

UMF head coach, Chris Bessey, was a player when the Beavers started 6-0 in the 1991 season and won nine of the team’s first 10 games.

Farmington grabbed the early lead in the top of the second inning. After Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a groundout, Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) singled and Leahy trotted home to give the Beavers a, 1-0, advantage.

Fredonia answered back in their at-bats with a pair of runs. A pair of singles gave the Blue Devils some life and then both runs advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. A groundout and a fielder’s choice sent players home for the tying and go-ahead scores.

The Blue Devils padded their lead in the third inning with another run. A lead-off double and then an RBI single gave Fredonia a 3-1 lead.

UMF got a run back in the fourth when Leahy reached on an error and advanced into scoring position on a groundout. Jimmy Parks (Springvale, Maine) singled and the Beavers were back in the game.

The game remained, 3-2, until the top of the eighth inning when UMF took the lead for good. The Beavers hit back-to-back singles and then Chad Snowman (Dixfield, Maine) came through the clutch. The junior doubled to right field, which drove home both runners.

Parks came through in a strong way for the Beavers. The freshman was 2-for-4 with three runs batted, including a double.

Nick Cartmell (Freeport, Maine) pitched an inning of relief and earned the win. Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) shut the door in the eighth and ninth inning and struck out three Blue Devils.

UMaine-Farmington travels to Fisher College for doubleheaders on both this Saturday and Sunday.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:26 pm

Keene and Peterson Named Conference Players of the Week

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) and Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) were selected as the North Atlantic Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week.

As the Player of the Week, Keene batted .478 (11-for-23) with one triple, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored, and drew three walks in a 5-0 week for the Beavers. He hit safely in all five games and collected multiple hits in three contests. In a 16-6 win over Medaille, the junior hit .667 (4-for-6) with four RBI and three runs scored. Keene ended his week with four hits in a doubleheader with conference opponent Colby-Sawyer. In the two NAC victories, he tallied one triple, six RBI, and five runs scored.

Earning Pitcher of the Week, Peterson pitched a complete game and did not surrender an earned run, as the Beavers recorded a 13-2 win over Colby-Sawyer. The junior struck out two batters and only gave up three hits and two walks. Peterson also recorded a perfect fielding percentage and turned a double play.

UMaine-Farmington will play a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday at Fisher College.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:47 am

Parks and Grady Sweep Weekly Conference Honors

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team swept the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Weekly Baseball Honors, which were announced on Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Parks (Springvale, Maine) earned both a Player and Rookie of the Week selection. Parks came through in the clutch, as the Beavers claimed a 4-3 win over Fredonia. The freshman hit the eventual game-winner with a two-out double in the top of the eighth that drove in two Beavers for the go-ahead scores. The freshman went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) was selected as the Pitcher of the Week after a key save. Grady shut the door in UMF's Florida trip finale against Fredonia, as the Beavers posted a 4-3 win. The junior faced six hitters and did not surrender one hit or run, while striking out three batters to earn the save on the mound.

UMaine-Farmington plays a doubleheader at Husson, the NAC preseason favorite, on Friday afternoon.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:28 am

Husson Cools Off UMF's Hot Start

BANGOR, Maine – After starting the season off with six straight victories, Husson University put the first two blemishes on an undefeated season with two North Atlantic Conference victories over the University of Maine at Farmington (6-2, 1-3) on Friday afternoon. The Eagles claimed the afternoon with a, 3-2, win and a, 4-1, showing.

UMF starter Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) ran into some trouble in the third inning. After a hit by pitch and an error, the Eagles played some small ball by laying down a sacrifice bunt. Husson cashed in with back-to-back RBI singles to left field. After three full innings, Husson led a, 2-0, lead.

The Eagles added one more in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI double. The Beavers rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning with two RBI singles, but it was too little too late.

Peterson pitched a complete game and only allowed one earned run and struck out five Eagles.

In game two, Husson held the number three ranked offense in the country to only one run. UMF got on the board in the fourth inning with a double from Ethan Gouin (Sanford, Maine), who plated Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) from first.

Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) also pitched a complete game for the Beavers and struck out four while giving up all four earned runs.

UMaine-Farmington gets back into the swing of non-conference play with a doubleheader at Fisher College on Monday. Game one starts at 11:00 a.m.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:29 pm

Croteau's Game-Winning Double Powers UMF to a Game 1 Win Over Fisher

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HAVERILL, Mass. – Jordan Croteau’s (South Paris, Maine) eventual game-winning double lifted the University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (7-2) to a, 1-0, non-conference win over Fisher College in the first game of today’s doubleheader.

The game was scoreless for six solid innings before the Beavers plated the game’s only run in the top of the seventh inning. The rally started with one out when Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) roped a single to right center field. After Grady advanced to second on a balk, Croteau stepped up to the plate with two outs and lined a double, which allowed Grady to score easily from second.

In the bottom of the frame, UMF hurler Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine) kept his composure after getting into a jam. Fisher led off the inning with a single by Jose Fortuna (Salem, Mass.). The Falcons’ attempt to play small ball backfired when a sacrifice bunt attempt popped up to Croteau and the catcher made the easy out. Fortuna stole second and then advanced to third on a ground out.

With two outs and the tying run standing 90 feet way, Humphrey got the final batter to ground out to second baseman Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine).

Humphrey pitched a complete game two-hitter for the Beavers and struck out six Falcons in the process. Fisher’s only two hits come from a bunt in the third inning and Fortuna’s single in the seventh.

UMaine-Farmington will play Fisher in game two of today’s day-night doubleheader at 7:00 p.m.
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