TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team dropped a 6-0 decision at #8 Florida State University on Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla. Maine evens its record to 3-3 on the season, while Florida State improves to 7-1.
The Seminoles got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Justin Gonzalez and Jose Brizuela had back-to-back singles. Stephen McGee drew a walk to load the bases. Seth Miller belted a three-run triple that one-hopped the center field fence, scoring all three base runners.
FSU added to its lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Gonzalez singled and scored when Sherman Johnson drew a bases loaded walk. Jayce Boyd scored the fifth run of the game for the Seminoles in the top of the fifth inning. He singled through the right side and then scored when Nogowski singled.
Devon Travis walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Josh Delph laid down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 6-0 final.
Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went six innings and allowed five runs, just three of which were earned, on nine hits. He falls to 1-1 on the season. He was replaced by Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) who pitched the seventh inning. He allowed one run without allowing a hit. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Brandon Leibrandt got the start on the mound for the Seminoles. He went five innings and scattered four hits. He struck out six batters in the game. He was replaced by Hunter Scantling who went three innings and did not surrender a hit. He struck out three. Kyle Bird pitched the ninth for the Seminoles.
Maine's game scheduled for Saturday, March 3 has been postponed due to rain forecast hit the Tallahassee area on Saturday. The Black Bears and Seminoles will play a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12 noon.