DeLand, Fla. - The University of Maine baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision at Stetson on Tuesday night in DeLand, Fla. Maine falls to 3-6 on the young season, while Stetson improves to 10-2 on the campaign.
Stetson took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Spencer Theisen singled to right field and then stole second base. Theisen scored when Robert Bruce reached on a fielder's choice. The Hatters held the 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth inning.
Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) tripled and scored on an Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) sacrifice fly. The Hatters answered back in the bottom of the frame. Sam Kimmel walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. He scored when Ryan Lashley singled to left field.
Again, Maine was able to tie the score in the top of the eighth inning. Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) walked and Fransoso was hit-by-a-pitch. Calbick reached on an error and Leisenheimer scored the tying run on the play. Fransoso was thrown out at home on the play.
The Hatters got the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mitchel Brennan walked and scored on a balk.
Fransoso was the lone Black Bear to record multiple hits in the game.
Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) got his first career the start on the mound for the Black Bears and was impressive. He went 7.1 innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out seven batters in the game. Connolly picked up the loss and falls to 0-2 on the season. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) pitched the final 0.2 innings. He struck out one batter.
Josh Powers got the start on the mound for Stetson. He went 5.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out five batters. He was replaced by Cameron Griffin who went two innings and allowed one run. Jake Boyd went 0.2 innings and did not allow a hit. He picked up the win and improved to 2-0 on the season. Robbie Powell pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.
The Black Bears return to action on Wednesday, March 7 when they face Western Michigan at 2 PM in Winter Haven, Fla.