Each and every year the University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball team competes against many of the best Division III baseball programs in the nation. Their geographic location forces them to travel more than any other collegiate baseball team; but Coach Saucier sees it as a welcomed challenge.
"We get to leave northern Maine and travel to play teams in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and in every other state in between. We want to compete with the best teams possible; I know our schedule is one of the toughest out there. Playing these teams gives us the constant reminder to keep working."
UMPI's baseball team takes two separate week long trips each spring; in late February they travel to North Carolina, southern parts of Virginia and into eastern Tennessee and compete with teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the USA South Conference. During spring break in late March they play teams all over the Mid-Atlantic States while spending the week in and around historic cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York City. When mother nature prevents the team from playing ball they are quick to visit the cities' attractions.
Coach Saucier guarantees his teams that they will have many challenges each year; "we have obstacles that other baseball programs don't have (climate, geography, travel time, etc.). But, if we're not challenging ourselves and working to overcome these obstacles, how can we expect to improve? In the long-run it will only make us better."