Black Bears Soar Past Eagles 9-4
PORTLAND, Maine -- The University of Maine baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and added three more in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Boston College 9-4 on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine. The Black Bears improve to 26-22 on the season with the win, while the Eagles fall to 21-31. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the Black Bears with three hits in the game.
Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) doubled to left center field and scored on a Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) sacrifice fly.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the second inning. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Maine) and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) drew back-to-back walks. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to left field to load the bases. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to center field driving home Whitten.
Boston College grabbed the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Rob Moir and Spenser Payne had back-to-back hits. Andrew Lawrence then homered over the right field fence.
Maine scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Fransoso led off the inning with a single and went to third when Patzalek doubled. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) was intentionally walked to load the bases. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) reached on an error that plated two runs. Whitten then singled to right field driving home Heath. Calbick scored when Doran singled to left field.
The Black Bears added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Fransoso singled and scored when Heath doubled. Patzalek, who had singled, and Heath, both scored when Calbick doubled to right field.
Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) went 5.1 innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out a pair. He was replaced by Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao). Balentina went 2.2 innings on the mound and did not allow a hit. He picks up the win and improves to 3-0 on the season. Scott Heath pitched the ninth for the Black Bears.
Boston College used seven pitchers in the game. Nick Poore went two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Geoff Murphy went the next two innings and scattered three hits. Matt Brazin went pitched one inning. He was replaced by Kyle Prohovich who went 1.1 innings and allowed three runs on a pair of hits. He falls to 1-3 on the season. John Gorman, Matt Alvarez and Tyler Hitchliffe all also saw action on the mound.
The Black Bears host Stony Brook to close the 2012 regular season later this week. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 3 PM on Friday, May 18.