Winter Haven, Fla. - The University of Maine baseball team defeated Western Michigan 13-7 on Wednesday afternoon in Winter Haven, Fla. Maine improves to 4-6 on the season with the win, while Western Michigan falls to 4-7. Eric White (Brewer, Maine), Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.), Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) and Nick Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) each had a pair of hits in the game for the Black Bears.
Maine struck for seven runs in the top of the first inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) walked and advanced to second when Eric White had a sacrifice bunt. Michael Fransoso and Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) drew a bases loaded walk, forcing home Gay. Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) also drew a bases loaded walk as Maine took a 2-0 lead. Fran Whitten doubled driving in Ian Leisenheimer and Calbick. Nick Bernardo reached on an error and Patzalek scored the fifth run of the inning for the Black Bears. Gay, who batted for the second time in the inning, singled plating Whitten. Bernardo scored when White singled to center field.
Western Michigan countered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Vinnie Booker singled and then stole second base. Jack Scanlon walked and then both runners pulled off a double steal. Ryan McMillin doubled scoring both runners. McMillin scored the third run of the inning when Patrick Duncan singled to right. Duncan scored on a Troy Forton single.
The Black Bears got a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Patzalek singled and Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) followed with Maine's second home run of the season over the left field fence.
Maine added two more runs in the top of the third inning. White walked and Fransoso followed with a single to left field. Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Ian Leisenheimer. White scored when Calbick reached on an error. Fransoso scored the 11th run of the game for the Black Bears when Patzalek grounded out.
Maine continued its offensive explosion with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Justin Leisenheimer drew a walk an advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third base when Bernardo flew out and scored on an Eric White sacrifice fly.
The Broncos added a run in the bottom of the frame. Booker was hit and scored when Scanlon grounded out. Western Michigan added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jordan Tillman drew a walk and Booker followed with a base hit to left field. Tillman scored the first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Scanlon. Booker scored when McMillin singled.
Maine added a run in the top of the ninth inning. Gay walked and advanced to second on a White sacrifice. He scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to left field.
Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) got his first collegiate start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went five innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He struck out a pair of batters and picks up his first collegiate win. He was replaced by Manny Pupo (Boynton Beach, Fla.) who allowed two runs in one inning. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went 2.1 innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He allowed two hits while striking out one. Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) got the final two outs in the game for the Black Bears.
Mike Moyer started for Western Michigan and allowed five runs in a third of an inning. He walked five batters in the inning. He was replaced by Monty Porter who went 2.2 innings. Porter allowed six runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits. Nick Bradley pitched the next 3.2 innings. He allowed just one run on a pair of hits. He was replaced by Matt Nestor. Nestor went 2.1 innings and allowed one run on a pair of hits.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, March 9 when they face Illinois State in Winter Haven, Fla. FIrst pitch is scheduled for 2 PM.