Vermont falls to Maine 6-5 in title gameMay 29,2005
BURLINGTON – Joe Hough's infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th lifted the second-seeded University of Maine to a 6-5 victory over third-seeded University of Vermont in the title game of the 2005 America East Baseball Championship at Centennial Field on the UVM campus.
The Black Bears earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Catamounts season comes to a close with a final 29-19 record.
With the game knotted at 5-5, Maine's Curt Smith, batting in the six-hole, led off the bottom of the 11th by reaching base on an error by UVM shortstop Raymond Montanez. Right-fielder Matt McGraw followed up with a single to left field to put runners on first and second. Mike Ferriggi reached on a fielder's choice as Smith fielded Ferriggi's grounder to take out Smith for the innings first out. Ray Vallee then recorded an infield single to load the bases with just one out. Defensive specialist Mark Ostrander was summoned to pinch run for McGraw on third, while Ferriggi was on second and Vallee on first, and the scene was set for Hough's heroics.
The championship's Most Outstanding Player, Hough chopped a grounder in front of the plate that only went about eight feet before it died in the infield grass. Vermont catcher Matt Naimoli and pitcher Chris Blazek both went for the ball, leaving home plate unoccupied, while Ostrander managed to sneak in the backdoor for the game-winning run.
Joining Hough on the All-Championship Team are teammates Ferriggi, Izaryk, Greg Creek, Greg Norton and Ryan Quintal as well as Vermont's Jason Carey, Miguel Magrass, Derek Miller, Bryan Rembisz and Frank Rossi.
Earlier, Miguel Magrass' drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead No. 3 University of Vermont to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over No. 2 Maine in the first game of the championship match-up between the two at Centennial Field on the UVM campus.
The game one victory for Vermont marked its fifth straight in its last at bat as the Catamounts battled back from trailing 5-0 in the fourth. After not playing extra innings once during the regular season, the Catamounts have now won back-to-back 10 inning games by identical 6-5 scores.
Joe Serafin picked up the win in relief as the UVM bullpen effort (6.2 innings, four hits, no runs) led by Bryan Rembisz who shut the door on Maine going 4.2 innings while striking out five.
Magrass went 4-for-6 on the day while Raymond Montanez, whose one-out walk started the game-winning rally, went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored.
Maine's five runs brought their total runs to 31 in the championship to set the record for most runs by any league team in the eight-year history of the current tournament format (four-team, double elimination).
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