MONTPELIER, VT - The Vermont Mountaineers lost to the Sanford Mainers 4-2 on Friday in front of 1043 at Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vermont, in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
Sanford rode the strong pitching performance of Jason Bowman who went eight innings for the win, his fourth of the year. Matt Nandin had two hits for the Mainers, including a two-run home run, his first long ball of the season.
The Mountaineers got tremendous relief pitching from the combination of Logan Billbrough and Dusty Odenbach, who struck out nine batters in a combined six innings of work. Billbrough carried the load of the relief work, pitching five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits, walking nobody, and striking out six.
Sanford got on the board in the second inning thanks to a Corey Hunt groundout with the bases loaded. They plated three in the third, capitalized by the Nandin home run.
Vermont responded in the third inning, as Jonathan Roof scored on a double steal, cutting the gap to 4-1. The Mountaineers bats remained quiet until the ninth, as they were able to plate one run, but failed to complete the comeback attempt.
Bart Carter took the loss for the Mountaineers in his second appearance with the team, falling to 0-1 on the season.
Sanford pitching did not issue a walk in the ballgame.
The game was delayed for an hour and a half prior to the start due to a rain delay, and was delayed again before the start of the sixth inning for a half hour due to a fog delay.
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