Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:38 am

MF Splits with Thomas; Rematch Set for Thursday

WATERVILLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (15-11, 8-8) tried to make up some on Thomas College with a doubleheader at H. Allen Ryan Field on Wednesday afternoon. The twinbill was split with Thomas taking game one, 3-2, and UMF rebounding in game two with a, 4-0, shutout victory.

Thomas had two runners cross the plate in the first inning for the early lead and stood until Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to close the gap.

Beressi tied the game with an RBI single to left field in the top of the fourth but the Terriers scored the decisive run in the bottom of the frame.

Nate Pushard (Auburn, Maine) pitched a complete with five strikeouts and surrendered one earned run.

The Beavers rebounded in the first inning of game two with a pair of runs. Ethan Gouin (Sidney, Maine) reached on an error but it was enough for Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) to cross the plate. Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) doubled the lead with an RBI single to center field.

Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) padded the lead with an RBI double in the fourth inning and Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine) smacked a sacrifice fly in the six inning for UMF’s final run of the game.

Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) scattered five hits over six innings and struck out two Thomas batters. Brett Elliott (Danville, Vt.) shut the door in the seventh with a three-up, three-down inning.

UMaine-Farmington and Thomas switch roles on Thursday for a doubleheader at Hippach Field. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:07 am

Grady Has a Strong Day at the Plate in UMF's Split with Thomas

FARMINGTON, Maine – Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) had four hits, drove in three runs, and scored a run of his own as the University of Maine at Farmington baseball team split a doubleheader with Thomas College on Thursday afternoon at Hippach Field. UMF overcame a two-run deficit to secure a 4-3, win in the first game before suffering a, 12-7, loss in the second contest.

The Beavers surrendered a run in the top of the first inning but grabbed one back as Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine) crushed an RBI double to left center field.

Thomas claimed a pair in the top of the third but Farmington capped off the comeback with three runs in the fifth inning. Chad Snowman (Dixfield, Maine) led off the inning with a single up the middle and then Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) drew a walk.

Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) roped a single up the middle to bring the Beavers within one and then Grady slapped a single through the left side to tie the game. Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) kept the line moving with an RBI double in the right field gap for the decisive one-run advantage.

Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) pitched a complete game, fanned six batters and scattered eight hits.

The Terriers came alive in the second game with 12 runs on 20 hits. UMF had three runners cross the plate in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) and then back-to-back hits from Grady and Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine).

Thomas had a strong second inning with four runs on four hits, including three extra-base hits.

Grady lined an RBI single down the third base line in the third inning to draw closer, but Thomas had another big inning in the fourth with four more runs.

UMF rallied in their final at-bat by drawing the bases loaded with one out. Beressi walked but the comeback fell short with two quick outs to end the game.

UMaine-Farmington hosts Castleton State on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of doubleheaders starting at 12:00 p.m.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:44 am

Castleton Offense Too Much for UMF Pitching; Spartans Sweep Beavers

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (16-14, 9-11) nearly erased an eight-run deficit in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Castleton State (26-9, 18-4) at Hippach Field. The Spartans claimed game one, 11-9, and then had a strong offensive showing the second game with a, 15-2, victory.

The Beavers tried to dig themselves out of an early, 8-0, hole in the third inning. Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) singled home a run and then added one more on an RBI groundout.

After Castleton tallied three more runs in the fifth, Farmington put together a four-run rally in the sixth inning to draw within two runs of tying the game. Cabaniss charted his second RBI hit of the afternoon and then after another RBI groundout, Tom Grady smacked a two-run single.

UMF could not gain any ground in the seventh inning with a one-two-three inning.

Cabaniss was 3-for-4 in the first game with a pair of runs scored and four RBIs. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) also had three hits and crossed the plate three times.

In round two, the Beavers tried to climb out of another hole but this one was just too deep.

Trailing 6-0 after an inning and a half, Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) crushed a home run to left field to get UMF on the scoreboard. In the third, Beressi drove home the only other run for Farmington with an RBI single to left field.

Castleton’s pitching held UMF to only four hits in the second game.

Beressi recorded a hit in two trips to the plate with a run scored and drove in UMF’s pair of runs.

Castleton and UMaine-Farmington will square off for a doubleheader on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:03 am

UMF Pitching Holds Castleton in Check; Spartans Squeak Out a Pair of One-Run Wins

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (16-16, 9-13) pitching staff held the Castleton State College (28-9, 20-4) offense to only seven hits in Sunday afternoon’s North Atlantic Conference doubleheader, but the Spartans came away with a duo of one-run victories. CSC claimed game one, 2-1, in a pitcher’s duel and held off UMF in game two, 7-6.

In the first game, Castleton produced a two-out rally with an RBI single and then an RBI double in the first inning to grab a, 2-0, edge.

Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) smacked a double into right center field in the bottom of the frame and drove home Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine).

UMF freshman Riley Chickering (Otisfield, Maine) threw his best outing of his rookie campaign with a complete game. Chickering fanned four Spartans and surrendered only three hits, including two in the first inning. In three of his seven innings on the hill, Chickering shut the Spartans down in short order.

The Beavers had to battle back from a, 5-0, deficit in the nightcap in order to put pressure on the Spartans.

After a bases loaded walk, Taylor Vile (Syracuse, N.Y.) launched a grand slam to dead center field in the third inning. UMF answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) doubled home two runs after his extra-base hit for the gap in right center field.

UMF stayed on the comeback trail when Nick Attaliades-Ryan (Otisfield, Maine) trimmed the lead to one run with a two-run shot over the right field wall. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) hit an RBI double to center field later in the inning for the tying score.

Castleton capitalized on two errors by Farmington in the top of the seventh inning to plate two runners. UMF rallied with a run of its own thanks to a sacrifice fly by Grady but could not manufacture a two-out rally.

UMaine-Farmington wraps conference play on Monday with a doubleheader at Colby-Sawyer.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:03 pm

Beavers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Split at Colby-Sawyer

GAME ONE BOX SCORE GAME TWO BOX SCORE

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (17-17, 10-14) kept its playoff hopes alive with a doubleheader split at Colby-Sawyer College on Monday afternoon. Farmington’s offense could only plate one run in a, 4-1, game-one loss but regrouped with a, 7-1, victory in game two.

The Beavers will have to wait until Tuesday evening to decide their playoff fate. Lyndon State plays at Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader. If the Hornets sweep the twinbill, then UMF is eliminated from playoff contention. If Lyndon splits or fall in both contests, then UMF claims the final playoff spot in the North Atlantic Conference tournament, which kicks off this weekend.

The Chargers played small ball in the first game by laying down a bases-loaded bunt with nobody out in the fifth inning for the first run of the game. Colby-Sawyer added two more hits and added three more runs to the scoreboard for a, 4-0, lead.

UMF ruined the shutout with an RBI single from Jordan Croteau (So. Paris, Maine) to left field with two outs, but the Beavers’ offense could not mount a rally.

Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine) tossed a complete game with four strikeouts and allowed the four earned runs on seven hits.

In the second game, Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) produced UMF’s first run in the nightcap with an RBI groundout in the first inning.

After Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) led off the third inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a groundout, Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to center field for Leahy to trot home.

Farmington blew the game open with three runs in the fifth inning. McCrossin drove in his second run of the game with a single to left field and Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) lined an RBI single to right field on the next play. Ethan Gouin (Sidney, Maine) roped a double down the left field line, allowing Grady and McCrossin to score.

Croteau padded UMF’s lead in the seventh inning with an RBI double to right field.

Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) was lights out on the hill for the Beavers. The junior pitched a complete game three-hitter and struck out four Chargers.

UMaine-Farmington finishes the regular season on Tuesday with a nine-inning game in Orono against the Black Bears. The DI versus DIII matchup will start at 5:00 p.m. at Mahaney Field.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 8:57 am

Castleton Takes Advantage of UMF's Missed Opportunities in First Game of NAC Tourney

CASTLETON, Vt. – The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team (17-19) faltered scoring chances in three straight innings in Friday morning's, 4-1, North Atlantic Conference first round loss to Castleton State College.

The Beavers had a chance in the top of the second inning after Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine) led off the frame with a seeing-eye-single through the left side. The junior moved into scoring position with a stolen base and then to third on a fly out to right field. The rally ended with back-to-back strikeouts by Castleton hurler Devin Hayes (Vergennes, Vt.).

Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) started the third inning off with liner up the middle for UMF. After a walk moved Croteau up 90 feet, Farmington for the second straight inning failed to manufacture a run.

Grady started the fourth inning with another single and after a walk presented the Beavers with ducks on the pond for the third straight inning, they once again could not get a run across the plate.

After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, Nick Swim (St. Albans, Vt.) crushed an RBI double to center field for the game's first run. Swim was caught stealing third which came back to hurt the Spartans as Dan Errico (West Hartford, Conn.) launched a solo home run over the left field fence.

Castleton threatened again in the bottom of the fifth after Soren Pelz-Walsh (Dummerstown, Vt.) doubled to left center. UMF starter Joe Sullivan, (Lewiston, Maine) however, responded by getting back-to-back batters out to end the jam with no damage allowed.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Spartans doubled their lead with a pair of runs to go in front by four. Jim Buckley (Nashua, N.H.) began the frame with a triple off the wall in deep center before a wild pitch from Sullivan brought him home. Tyler Hoare (Waterbury, Vt.) then doubled to right and Pelz-Walsh followed with a single before Taylor Vile (Syracuse, N.Y.) ripped a two-run hit through the left side of the infield to make it 4-0.

Farmington did not go away quietly in their last at-bat. Grady ripped his third hit of the afternoon with a double just inside the chalk line down the third base line. Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine) lined a single up the middle and then Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine) loaded the bases by getting hit by a pitch. Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine) hit a dribbler in the hole at short as the Spartans could not get an out, which allowed Grady to score easily from third.

The Spartans came through with a much-needed double play with a grounder to closer, T.J. Fearon (Colchester, Conn.), who turned the 1-2-3 double play. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) nearly tied the game with a liner down the right field line that just missed catching the line and landed in foul territory.

Sullivan tossed 6 1/3 innings for the Beavers with four strikeouts and scattered 11 hits. Hayes picked up the win for the Spartans with seven solid innings and fanned four Beavers.

UMaine-Farmington plays the non-winner of Thomas and Husson at 3:00 p.m. for Game Three of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 9:11 am

Husson Knocks UMF Out of NAC Tourney; Beavers Post Best Season in 26 Years

CASTLETON, Vt. – North Atlantic Conference (NAC) rival Husson University knocked the University of Maine at Farmington (17-20) out of the NAC Tournament with an, 8-3, win in the afternoon elimination game at Spartan Field on Friday.

After a scoreless first two innings by both squads, UMF knocked two runs in the top of the third inning with two hits and forced three Husson errors. Mark Leahy (Rochester, N.H.) started things off by reaching on an error and then Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) blooped a single into right field. Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) reached on an error to load the bases and Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine) lined a two-run single into left field.

In the top of the fourth, Husson only needed one swing of the bat to change the momentum of the game in its favor. The first two Eagles reached base in the inning and Adam

Wilson (Harrison, Maine) crushed a three-run home run over the left field fence and gave Husson a, 3-2, advantage.

The Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the sixth but the Beavers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. UMF had runners on second and third with no one out when Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) drove home a run with an RBI groundout. Farmington needed one base hit to tie the game but could not come through with the clutch hit, and ended the inning with a strikeout and groundout.

Husson padded its lead in the eighth inning with three more runs on three hits, including a home run and a double.

McCrossin had a strong game at the plate with a 3-for-5 day and drove in a pair of runs.

UMaine-Farmington closes the season with 17 wins which rank second most in school history, trailing only the 1988 squad with 19 wins. The Beavers also surpass their win total of 14 from last season and qualified for the NAC Tournament in consecutive seasons, a first under Coach Chris Bessey and the first time in program history since joining the NAC.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Maine Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 05, 2015 12:26 pm

Beavers Land Three on All-Conference Team

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) named juniors Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine), Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine), and Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) as All-Conference selections on Tuesday.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Keene picked up his first career First Team All-Conference selection after posting a .291 batting average and ranked fifth in the NAC with a pair of triples. Keene ranked in the top six on the Beaver squad in runs scored (20), runs batted in (15), walks (13), stolen bases (7), on-base percentage (.384), and double plays turned (14). The junior opened the season with a seven-game hitting streak and earned a NAC Player of the Week award on March 16.

McCrossin joins Keene on the First Team All-Conference Team as the junior finished second on the team with eight extra base hits. He crossed the plate 23 times and smacked seven doubles to lead the team and finished third with 36 hits. The Yarmouth resident closed the season with a .321 batting average and had nine multi-hit games. McCrossin grabbed 45 total bases and drove in 17 runs on the year and was among the top ten in the NAC in at-bats and doubles.

Cabaniss earned a Second Team All-Conference Team listing for the second consecutive season. Cabaniss broke UMF’s single-season record with 43 hits, including one home run, one triple, and five doubles. The versatile Vassalboro native was on top of the statistical charts for the Beavers. He led the team in hits, batting average (.341), total bases (53), second in stole bases (8), second in slugging percentage (.421) and third in runs batted in (18).

UMaine-Farmington posted its best record in 27 years with 17 wins in 2015 and lands at least one player on the NAC All-Conference team for the third straight season.

2015 Baseball All-Conference Teams

First Team
C - Nate Swahn, Senior, Castleton
1B - Ben Keene, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
2B - Dustin McCrossin, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
SS - Nik Beeson, Junior, Thomas
3B - Vincent Backert, Sophomore, New England College
UT - Nick Swim, Sophomore, Castleton
OF - Kyle Bishop, Senior, Husson
OF - Dan Errico, Junior, Castleton
OF - Tyler Lord, Senior, Castleton
P - Steven Jurkiewicz, Sophomore, Castleton
P - Sam Spencer, Junior, Castleton

Second Team
C - Jordan Carter, Senior, Husson
1B - Zach Carrano, Junior, New England College
SS - Reece Tanguay, Junior, Lyndon
SS - Ryan Rebar, Sophomore, Husson
3B - Michael De Los Santos, Freshman, Thomas
OF - Anree Benitez, Junior, Thomas
OF - Sean Cabaniss, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Christian Corneil, Sophomore, Husson
UT - Derek Kane, Junior, Thomas
P - Robert Graff, Freshman, Husson
P - Brandon Quirk, Senior, New England College



Player of the Year - Tyler Lord, Castleton
Pitcher of the Year - Sam Spencer, Castleton
Rookie of the Year - Robert Graff, Husson
Coach of the Year - Ted Shipley, Castleton
Team Sportsmanship - Colby-Sawyer
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