PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and three in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and earn a 9-5 win over Chicago State on Saturday evening in Port Charlotte, Fla. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the Maine offense, as he was 4-for-5 in the game with a run scored and four RBI, while Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) belted a home run.
Maine improves to 5-6 on the season, while Chicago State falls to 0-7.
Chicago State got a pair of runs in he top of the second inning. Nathan Poff tripled and scored on an error. Ray Cekus scored the second run of the game for Chicago State. The Cougars scored two more runs in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Poff.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the third. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) walked and Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball and scored when Fransoso tripled. Heath drove home Fransoso with a single through the right side. Heath scored the tying run when Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) singled.
Chicago State took the lead in the top of the fourth. Joelh Calizto reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Mattingly Romanin tripled. Maine, however, answered right back. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) walked and scored when Fransoso singled through the right side.
The game remained tied until the seventh inning when Heath homered to right field. The Black Bears added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) singled to shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Black walked and Gay singled to load the bases. White scored when Balzano reached on an error. Black scored on a Fransoso single. Gay scored on an Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) sacrifice fly.
Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went 2.2 innings and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits. He was replaced by Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) who went three innings and allowed just one unearned run while striking out three. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit to pick up the win. He improves to 1-0. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) pitched the ninth for the Black Bears.
Dylan Sterrett went seven inning in the start for the Cougars. He allowed six runs on 10 hits and falls to 0-3. Romanin allowed three runs on three hits. Jerry Silva pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit.
Maine returns to action on Sunday, March 3 when it faces St. Louis at 11 AM in Florida.