The University of Maine baseball team defeated Husson University 7-2 on Wednesday night in the home opener for the Black Bears. Maine improves to 12-14 on the season, while Husson falls to 7-10. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) scored three of Maine's seven runs in the game.
Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Leisenheimer singled up the middle and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) drew a walk. Both runners advanced on an Alex Calbick (Burnaby British Columbia) sacrifice bunt. Leisenheimer scored the first run of the game when Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) flied out to left field.
Husson took the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Jake Arthers reached on a fielder's choice. He moved to second when Jason Smith grounded out. Arthers advanced to third base on a balk. He scored when Benjamin McLain reached on an error. McLain, who moved to second on the play, stole third base and the scored on an error.
Maine regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and scored on an error. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) reached on a fielder's choice. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) and Leisenheimer were hit back-to-back to load the bases. Heath drew a bases loaded walk to plate Black with the go ahead run. Gay scored on a Calbick sacrifice fly. Leisenheimer scored when Patzalek singled to left field.
Maine added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Leisenhiemer both scored on bases loaded walks.
Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went six innings. He allowed just two unearned runs on two hits. He struck out six batters and improves to 1-1 on the season. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine), Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) and Eric White (Brewer, Maine) all pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Tim Nason got the start for Husson and picked up the loss. He allowed five runs, just two of which were earned, on two hits. He falls to 0-1 on the season.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, April 6 when they travel to UMBC for a pair of games. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.