RINDGE, N.H. — Jimmy Neal and Brandon Soper combined on a four-hitter Friday morning, helping the University of Maine-Farmington take a 3-1 victory over Castleton State in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader.
The Spartans took the second game 5-2.
In the opener, Neal (1-0) pitched six innings of scoreless, two-hit ball before giving way to Brandon Soper, who earned the save. Neal struck out four and walked one.
Brett Wallingford and Ben Keene each posted a single and an RBI for the Beavers (4-12, 3-3 NAC) and Nick Cartmell added a double.
Soren Pelz-Walsh rapped an RBI double for Castleton State (9-5, 6-1 NAC) to back losing pitcher Steven Jurkiewicz, who gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings.
In Game 2, Joshua Jennato hit two sacrifice flies and Luke Salerno scattered five hits in going the distance for the Spartans. Chaz Millet provided two singles and an RBI.
Keene paced UMF with two singles and an RBI and Cartmell hit a sac fly. Starter Jory Humphrey took the loss.
UMPI 13, Valley Forge Chr. 1
At Phoenixville, Pa., Ghazaleh Sailors pitched a six-hitter as the University of Maine-Presque Isle beat Valley Forge Christian College on Thursday.
Sailors becomes one of the few women to start and record a win against an NCAA opponent in the game, which was shortened to five innings because of darkness. She struck out eight and walked one, allowing an unearned run.
Adam Begos knocked in five runs for the Owls (1-11) with a double and a single, while Shane Smith and Cam Morrell each had a single and two RBIs. Justin Berge added two singles.
James Comenzo (RBI) doubled twice and singled to lead Valley Forge Christian (0-8).
UMPI 6-11, Trinity 1-0
At Washington, D.C., University of Maine-Presque Isle pitchers Katlyn Dow and Whitney Donovan combined to limit Trinity Washington to only six hits and one run while sweeping a doubleheader and extending its win streak to four games.
In the first game, Dow fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts and a walk to pace the Owls, who did not commit an error in the twinbill. Shannon Brown cranked a three-run home run and Donovan singled twice with an RBI.
Losing pitcher Jade perle had a run-scoring double for the hosts. She fanned eight and walked one.
In the second game, Donovan blanked Trinity Washington on three hits before the game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule. She struck out six and walked one.
Amanda Allen sparked the UMPI offense with two singles and three RBIs and Brittany Luetjen contributed a single and an RBI.
Blessing Hay tripled and Perle doubled for the hosts.