TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team dropped a 10-2 decision to #5 Florida State University on Tuesday evening in Tallahassee, Fla. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the Black Bears as he went 2-for-4 with a home run. Maine falls to 3-10 on the season, while Florida State improves to 11-1.
Florida State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jayce Boyd and Stuart Tapley each had two-run singles in the inning for the Seminoles. FSU then added two runs in the bottom of the second inning behind a second two-run single by Boyd.
Maine got on the board in the top of the third inning when Fransoso belted a home run down the left field line. For Fransoso, it was his first home run of the season. The Seminoles got the run back in the bottom of the third when Tapley homered to left field.
Maine got a run in the top of the fifth inning when Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) singled to left field and advanced to second when Fransoso singled through the right side. He scored on a Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) sacrifice fly.
Florida State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 10-2 final.
Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went two innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits while striking out a pair. He picks up the loss and falls to 0-1 on the season. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) relieved Balentina. He went five innings in relief and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) pitched the eighth and allowed just one hit.
Gary Merians got the start for Florida State and went five innings. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four. He improves to 3-0 on the season. He was one of five pitchers for the Seminoles.
The Black Bears and Seminoles conclude their two-game series on Wednesday, March 9. First pitch has been moved to 12 noon, as poor weather is expected in the area later in the day.