The University of Maine baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Albany Great Danes 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in Albany, N.Y. The Black Bears improve to 23-21 on the season and 9-6 in America East play. Albany falls to 16-28-1 overall and 10-7 in conference play.
Maine struck first with a run in the top of the third inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to center field and stole second base, his 12th swipe of the season. He scored when Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled up the middle.
Albany knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. D.J. Hoagboon tripled to right field and scored on a wild pitch.
The Great Danes took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jeff Welsh singled up the middle, moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. He scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch.
Maine countered with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Black had back-to-back singles up the middle. Fransoso was hit to load the bases. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) drew a bases loaded walk, plating Calbick. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled through the right side sending home both Black and Fransosos.
Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario) got the start for the Black Bears. He worked seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four. He falls to 3-5 on the season. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) replaced Gibbs on the mound. He pitched the final two innings and earned the victory. He improves to 4-0 on the season.
Austin Chase got the start for the Great Danes. He went seven innings and allowed one run on six hits, while striking out four. Greg Lutton replaced Chase on the hill. He went 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He picks up the loss and falls to 2-4 on the season. Kasceim Graham allowed one hit. Kevin Archibold recorded the final out of the inning for the Great Danes.
The Black Bears return to action on Tuesday, May 8 with a game at Northeastern. First pitch is scheduled for 3 PM.