WINTER PARK, Fla. - Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) drove home Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the University of Maine baseball team defeated Rollins 5-4 on Sunday afternoon in Winter Park, Fla. Maine improves to 3-8 on the season with the victory, while Rollins falls to 11-5.
Rollins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Zach Persky walked and Tony Brunetti followed with a single to right center. Kevin Mager singled through the left side scoring Persky. John Avanzino then singled up the middle and Brunetti scored.
The Tars added to their lead with a run in the top of the third. Avanzino doubled to right field and scored when Sean Reilly singled to right center field and advanced on an error.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Michael Fransoso reached on an error. Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) followed with a single to center field scoring Fransoso. Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) then reached on a fielder's choice. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) followed with a home run, his second of the season, knotting the score at 3-3.
Rollins regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Brunetti reached on an error and scored when Reilly singled up the middle.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Colin Gay was hit-by-a-pitch and Fransoso followed and drew a walk. Both runners advanced when Joey Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt. Gay then scored to tie the game at 4-4 on a wild pitch.
Maine won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Colin Gay singled and then advanced to second base. He scored when Fransoso doubled to center field.
Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went seven innings. He allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits. He struck out eight batters in the game. He was replaced by DJ Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) who went two innings. He allowed just one hit and picks up the victory.
Will Krasne got the start on the mound for Rollins. He went six innigs and allowed four runs, just one of which was earned, on four hits. Cori Warren pitched the final 2.2 innings. He allowed one run on three hits and picks up the loss.
Maine returns to action on Monday, March 7 when it faces Penn at 12 noon in Winter Park, Fla.