BALTIMORE, Md. -- The University of Maine baseball team extended its winning streak to nine games with a doubleheader sweep of UMBC on Saturday afternoon. Maine continued its offensive explosion as it defeated the Retrievers 18-1 in the first game 17-11 in the second one. Maine improves to 16-14 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in America East play. UMBC falls to 7-21 overall, 0-4 in conference play. The Black Bears belted nine doubles in the second game, setting a school record for double in a contest.
It did not take the Black Bears long to build a big lead in the first game, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage after two innings. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) had a key two-run single in the second inning. Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) added to Maine's lead with a two-run home run in the top of the third.
Maine added three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) had a two-run double, Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) also had an RBI double in the inning. Justin Leisenheimer had his second two-run home run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to give Maine a 14-1 lead. The Black Bears capped the scoring with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) had a RBI double, while Justin Leisenheimer belted his third third run of the game, this time a three-run shot.
Justin Leisenheimer finished the game with 3-for-5 with seven RBI and four runs scored. He belted three home runs in the contest. He was one home run shy of the school record for home runs in a game. Ian Leisenheimer and Patzalek each drove in three runs in the game.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) pitched the complete game for the Black Bears. He allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three. He improves to 2-2 on the season. Shane Vlasic went five innings for the Retrievers and picks up the loss. He allowed 12 runs, eight of which were earned, on 13 hits.
In the second game, Maine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning behind a two-run home run by Fran Whitten. The Black Bears extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the third inning. Patzalek had a two-run home run in the frame.
UMBC countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to pull to within one run. Maxx Himmelstein had a three-run home run, followed by a solo shot by Brian Klukowicz. Three runs in the bottom of the fourth gave UMBC the lead.
Maine answered back with five runs in the sixth inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) had a RBI double, while Ian Leisenheimer belted a two-run triple. Patzalek added a RBI double as well.
The Black Bears added five more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Justin Leiseneheimer, Fransoso, Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.), Ian Leisenheimer and Heath all had RBI doubles in the inning.
The Black Bears scored two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. UMBC countered with three in the bottom of the third inning and one in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 17-11 final.
D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went 2.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. He was replaced by Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) who pitched 5.2 innings. He scattered nine hits and allowed six runs, four of which were earned. He struck out four batters. He improves to 3-3 on the season. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) pitched the ninth for the Black Bears.
Mac Gill got the start and the loss for UMBC. He went 5.2 innings and allowed 10 runs on 13 hits. Maine puts its nine-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Colby on Tuesday, April 10 at 4 PM at Mahaney DIamond.