Baseball Scores School-Record 32 Runs in Second Game to Cap Doubleheader Sweep of UMBC
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maine baseball team scored a school-record 32 runs to cap a sweep of a doubleheader 32-14 after defeating UMBC 9-3 in game one. The Black Bears now stand at 14-14 overall and 2-0 in America East play while UMBC falls to 7-19 and 0-2 in league play.
In the second game, the Black Bears jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first as Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.). The Black Bears took a 3-0 lead when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) knocked in Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) on a double down the right field line.
Calbick would then score on a UMBC error on a ball hit by Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.). Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) would single to score Whitten before Fransoso came up again and singled in J. Leisenheimer and Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario).
UMBC answered with three runs in the bottom half, but the Black Bears scored two in the second, one in the third and fourth, and three in the fifth and held a 14-8 lead before the Black Bears exploded again in the sixth.
J. Leisenheimer got hit by a pitch to start things off, and Black promptly responded with a double to left center and proceeded to third on a UMBC error. Two batters later, I. Leisenheimer doubled to clear the bases and score Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.), Fransoso and Black.
Two batters later with the bases loaded, Calbick delivered a grand slam that scored Patzalek, Heath and I. Leisenheimer that gave the Black Bears a 22-8 lead. However, UMBC scored six runs in the bottom half to close it to 22-14.
Maine put the game away in the seventh, as Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) put down a bunt that he beat out for a hit, and advanced to second on a throwing error that also scored Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) and Gay. Patzalek then singled to score Doran.
A few batters later, Black put the ball in play and the Retrievers could not handle it as Calbick and Patzalek both scored, giving Maine a 27-14 cushion.
Maine tacked on three runs in the eighth and a pair in the ninth to take the win 32-14.
Patzalek finished the game 3-for-6 with six RBI while Calbick went 2-for-4 also with 6 RBI. I. Leisenheimer went 2-for-4 with five RBI.
Jeff Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario) got the win after going 5.0 innings and scattering 10 hits. His record improves to 2-4 on the year. Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) and Eric White (Brewer, Maine) combined to throw 3.1 inning of scoreless relief.
In the first game, after a scoreless first two innings, the Black Bears took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third. J. Leisenheimer started the rally with a leadoff single and moved up to second on a sac-bunt by Black. Gay knocked in Maine's first run as he ripped a single into left field, scoring J. Leisenheimer. Maine kept the rally going as I. Leisenheimer was hit by a pitch, moving Gay up to second. Heath followed with a sharp single, plating Gay with Maine's second run of the inning.
The Retrievers answered with three runs in the home half of the third. With one out in the inning, back-to-back-to-back singles by UMBC loaded the bases before Max Himmelstein roped a double down the left field line to clear the bases and give the Retrievers a 3-2 advantage.
The Black Bears distanced themselves, as they would plate runs in each of the next four innings, starting with a pair in the top of the fourth. Calbick started the inning by working a walk before advancing to third on a Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) double into center. J. Leisenheimer grounded out to third which allowed Calbick to scamper in from third, tying things up at three. With Whitten on third and one out in the inning, Black ripped a RBI single to short, plating Whitten with the go ahead run.
Maine added three runs in the top of the fifth on a three run homer from Calbick. Heath and Patzalek put together back-to-back singles before Calbick stepped in and belted his second home run of the season to center field, giving the Black Bears a 7-3 lead.
The Black Bears kept the run producing up as they would add a run in the top of the sixth. With two away in the inning, Gay started a two-out rally with a single into left field. I. Leisenheimer followed by reaching on an error by the Retrievers' centerfielder which allowed Gay to come all the way around from first to score.
Maine plated one more final run in the top of the seventh when Black sent a deep fly ball into centerfield that proved to be deep enough for Mike Connolly to tag from third and score on.
Steve Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) kept the Retrievers guessing all afternoon as he picks up the win and moves to 3-2 on the season. Perakslis went the distance in the win while giving up three runs and scattering nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Calbick went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI while Black was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI.
Steve Miller falls to 0-5 for UMBC as he went 4.1 innings while giving up six runs on eight hits with one walk. Josh Dick pitched 1.2 innings in relief and gave up two runs, one earned, on a pair of hits with one strikeout. Jon Cobo pitched the final inning for the Retrievers and gave up one run on two hits and two walks.