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Gay Homers, but Black Bears Fall at Auburn 8-4
AUBURN, Ala. -- Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) had a pair of hits, including a home run, but the University of Maine baseball team fell to Auburn 8-4 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) also had a pair of hits in the game for the Black Bears.
Maine starts the season 0-4, while Auburn improves to 4-0.
Maine took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Gay belted a solo home run, his first of the season. The Black Bears extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) flew out.
Auburn got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dan Glevenyak singled up the middle and advanced on a wild pitch. He scored when Damek Tomscha doubled down the left field line.
Maine got the run back in the top of the sixth. Sam Balzano singled, stole second and scored on a wild pitch.
Auburn, however, scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-3 lead. Ryan Tella singled and Garrett Cooper drew a walk. Tella scored when Cullen Wacker singled. Sam Gillikin doubled driving Cooper home. Blake Austin drew an intentional walk. Jordan Ebert doubled plating both Wacker and Gillikin. Austin scored when Glevenyak singled and Ebert scored the sixth run of the inning for the Tigers on a Tella sacrifice fly.
Auburn added a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tomscha doubled and scored when Austin singled.
Maine got a run in the top of the ninth inning. White walked and scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) doubled down the right field line.
Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out three batters and surrendered the loss. He was replaced by Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) allowed three runs on a pair of hits. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) allowed one run on three hits. He was replaced by Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) who made his collegiate debut in the game. Butler did not allow a hit in his lone inning of work.
Dillon Ortman got the start for Auburn. He went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs, just one of which was earned, on six hits. Chase Williamson went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on three hits. Jay Wade retired the final batter of the game for the Tigers.
The Black Bears return to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 when they travel to Stetson to begin a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.