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Baseball Falls at UCF 6-3
ORLANDO, Fla.- The University of Maine baseball team fell to the University of Central Florida 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Orlando, Fla. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) led the Maine offense as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Maine falls to 1-7 on the season, while UCF improves to 7-1.
UCF jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning via three walks, a pair of wild pitches, a balk and error. Maine answered back with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) doubled down the right field line. Ian Leisenheimer singled to third base. Martin advanced to third base on the play and then scored on an error. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) doubled to center field and Ian Leisenheimer advanced to third. Ian scored when Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) grounded out.
UCF scored a run in the bottom of the second inning when Erik Hempe singled to center field and scored when Beau Taylor reached on an error. The Black Bears scored a run in the top of the fourth inning when Ian Leisenheimer singled to right field and scored when Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) reached on an error.
The Golden Knights added single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to make it a 6-3 final.
Kyle Benoit (Brampton, Ontario) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went a third of an inning. He allowed three runs on one hit and picks up the loss. Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn.) went 2.2 innings in relief. He allowed one unearned run on one hit. Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) pitched two innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) pitched the final three innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six.
Brian Adkins got the start on the mound for the Golden Knights. He went six innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out five. He improves to 2-0 on the season. Joe Rogers pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Black Bears have the next two days off, before returning to action on Saturday, March 5 in the Rollins College Baseball Tournament. Maine will play Penn at 2:30 and Georgetown at 6 PM in Winter Park, Fla.