The University of Maine baseball team extended its winning streak to 12 games with a doubleheader sweep of Hartford on Saturday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. Maine took the first game 6-1 and earned a 7-2 victory in game two. With the wins, the Black Bears improve to 19-14 on the season and 6-0 in America East play. Hartford falls to 8-24 overall, 1-4 in conference play. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) led the Black Bears with four hits on the day.
In the first game, Maine got in the board in the bottom of the second inning. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) recorded back-to-back singles. Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) was hit to load the bases. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) reached on a fielder's choice and Calbick scored. Whitten scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch. Black and Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.Y.) both scored when Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) reached on an error.
Hartford got a run in the top of the fourth inning. Trey Stover walked and scored when Simon Kudernatsch doubled down the right field line.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Whitten was hit and Fransoso drew a walk. Both runners scored when Gay doubled to right center field.
Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and was impressive. He allowed just one run on a pair of hits while striking out three. He improves to 4-2 on the season.
Brian Hunter pitched six innings for the Hawks. He allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits. He falls to 1-2 on the season.
In the second game, Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Calbick reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the catcher. He scored the first run of the game when Justin Leisenheimer hit a sacrifice fly.
Maine added a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ian Leisenheimer singled to right field. He moved to third when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) doubled to left field. Leisenheimer scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch. Heath scored when Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) grounded out.
Maine continued to add to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Justin Leisenheimer drew a walk and Black followed with a double to left field. Leisenheimer moved to third on the play. He scored on a Fransoso sacrifice fly. Black scored when Gay rifled a shot to center field.
Hartford got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Pat Knauth singled to right field and scored when Simon Kudernatsch grounded out. Trey Stover, who also singled to right field, advanced to second on an error and scored when Andy Drexel singled up the middle.
Maine answered back with a run in the bottom of the frame. Heath drew a walk, moved to second on a Patzalek sacrifice bunt, to third when Calbick grounded out and scored when Whitten singled to center field.
Maine got a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap the scoring. Ian Leisenheimer singled and scored when Patzalek reached on an error.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) started the game for the Black Bears. He went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He stuck out five batters in the game and improves to 3-2 on the season. Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) went the final 3.1 innings to earn his third save of the season. He allowed just two hits while striking out five.
Hunter Englehart went six innings for the Hawks. He allowed six runs on nine hits and falls to 0-6. Austin Barnes and Ryan Carter each pitched an inning in relief.
The two teams conclude their three-game weekend series on Sunday, April 15. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM at Mahaney Diamond.