PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team defeated West Virginia 2-1 in 12 innings on Saturday afternoon in Florida. The Black Bears scored a run in the ninth inning to tie the game and then won it three innings later. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) went 4-for-5 in the game for the Black Bears, who improve to 7-10 on the season.
West Virginia got on the board with a run in the top of the third inning. Michael Constantini singled to the pitcher and then stole second base. He scored when Bobby Boyd singled up the middle.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) reached on an error and moved to third when Gay singled. He scored when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled through the right side.
Maine won the game in the bottom of the 12th inning. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled to center field. He moved to second base on a Brian Doran (Ayr, Mass.) sacrifice. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) followed with a single up the middle moving Calbick to third base. Calbick scored the game-winning run when Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) singled to right field.
A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) went nine innings for the Black Bears and allowed one run on eight hits while striking out six. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) replaced Bazdanes on the mound and pitched the final three innings, surrendering just one hit. He picks up the win and improves to 2-0 on the season.
John Means got the start for the Mountaineers and went eight innings. He allowed one run on five hits. He was replaced by Pascal Paul who went 3.1 innings. He allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning for West Virginia, who falls to 6-8 on the season.
Maine returns to action on Sunday, March 10 when they face Chicago State at noon.