Maine Battles #3 North Carolina Tough in NCAA Regional
CHAPEL HILL, NC -- The University of Maine baseball team fell to third ranked North Carolina 4-0 on Friday evening in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. North Carolina scored all four of its runs in the first inning. The Black Bears out hit the Tar Heels 7-5 in the game. Maine falls to 32-23 on the season, while North Carolina improves to 46-14.
"I think it was a well-pitched ballgame by both pitchers," said Maine head coach Steve Trimper. "I think, in the first inning, we just had a little hiccup. Keith (Bilodeau) pitched a heck of a game here; you got to give credit to him. He shut down a great team (after the first inning). The one thing I was saying up there, it's tough to simulate this atmosphere for us. That's the only thing. I can talk all week about preparing, playing in a regional, playing in front of a great crowd."
North Carolina took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Chaz Frank drew a walk and then advanced to second on a balk. He scored when Jesse Wierzbicki singled to center field. Tommy Coyle then walked and Jacob Stallings followed with a three-run home run over the left field fence. It was the fourth home run of the season for Stallings.
The Black Bears registered a hit in each of the first six inning and left seven runners on base through those six innings. Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario), who singled in the second, reached third after a base hit by Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) and a ground out by Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia). He was stranded at third. Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) reached second in the fourth inning, while Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) reached scoring position in the fifth inning.
Maine was retired in order for the first time in the game in the top of the seventh inning.
After allowing four runs in the first inning, Maine ace Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) was impressive. He went seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out six while walking just two. After the first inning, he allowed just three hits over the next six innings and did not allow a run. Bilodeau falls to 10-3 on the season. He was replaced by Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) who pitched the eighth inning. He did not allow a hit.
Kent Emanuel went eight inning. He allowed seven hits while striking out five. He improves to 7-1 on the season. He was replaced by Michael Morin who pitched the ninth inning.
Martin and Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) each had two hits for the Black Bears.
Maine will face Florida International University on Saturday, June 4 at 1 PM at Bashamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.