Connolly Gem Leads Maine Past Binghamton 5-1
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) allowed just one run over eight innings to lead the University of Maine baseball team to a 5-1 win over Binghamton in game five of the 2012 America East Tournament. Maine improves to 28-27 on the season with the victory. Binghamton falls to 23-26 on the season.
Maine took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) singled to right field and stole second base. He scored when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled thru the right side.
The Black Bears added a run in the bottom of the second inning. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) doubled to right center field. He scored when twin brother, Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.), singled to right field.
Binghamton got on the board when Scott Hagan homered over the left field fence in the top of the third inning.
Maine added three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to left field and Gay followed with a bunt single. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) then lined a single to center field, driving home Black from second base. Gay went to third base on the play. Calbick was intentionally walked to load the bases. Gay scored when Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Fransosos scored the third run of the inning when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) hit a sacrifice fly.
Maine's Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went eight innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six. He improves to 5-6 on the season. Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) pitched the ninth inning for the Black Bears.
Jay Lynch started the game on the hill for the Bearcats. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out six batters in the game. He falls to 2-5 on the season. Lee Sosa pitched the bottom of the eighth inning and allowed three runs on three hits.
Maine now faces Stony Brook at 3 PM.