Fran Whitten's Grand Slam Leads Maine Past Albany 8-3
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) belted a grand slam, his second home run in as many days, as the University of Maine baseball team defeated Albany 8-3 in an elimination game of the 2012 America East Tournament in Stony Brook, N.Y. The Black Bears stay alive to face the loser of the Stony Brook vs. Binghamton game which was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Maine evens its record to 27-27 on the season, while Albany falls to 22-32-1.
Albany jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. D.J. Hoagboon singled to shortstop and Pete DiResta followed and drew a walk. Mike Tirri doubled to left field scoring Hoagboon. Josh Nethaway singled up the middle plating both DiResta and Tirri.
Maine countered in the bottom of the frame. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to right field and Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) followed with a double to left. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H) laid down a bunt single down the third base line. The Albany third baseman made a wide throw to first base and Black scored on the play. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) drew a walk to load the bases. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) drew a bases loaded walk, forcing home Gay. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) singled through the left side driving home Fransoso who tied the game at 3-3. Fran Whitten the followed with a grand slam, giving the Black Bears the 7-3 lead!
Maine plated an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Fransoso reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a passed ball. He advanced to third on a Calbick sacrifice. Fransoso scored the eighth run of the day for the Black Bears when Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) singled to left field.
Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) went seven innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He allowed three runs, all in the first inning, on seven hits. He struck out five batters in the game. Perakslis improves to 5-5 on the season. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) replaced Perakslis on the mound. He went two innings and surrendered just one hit.
Sean Lucas went 6.1 innings for the Great Danes. He allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, on nine hits. He falls to 5-6 on the season. Ryan White replaced Lucas on the mound and went 1.2 innings.
Maine now faces the loser of the Stony Brook vs. Binghamton game on Friday, May 25 at 11 am.