BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Rookie Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the University of Maine baseball team to an 8-0 win over Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday night in Boca Raton, Fla. Marks struck out eight batters in the game and allowed just three hits in the victory to improve to 1-0 on the season.
Maine improves to 9-10 on the season with the victory, while FAU falls to 10-7.
Maine took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled up the middle to lead off the game. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) was hit and Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) followed with a single to load the bases. Balzano scored the first run of the game when Maine hit into a double play.
The Black Bears added six runs in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Doran (Ajax, Ontario) and Eric White (Brewer, Maine) drew back-to-back walks. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to load the bases. Balzano followed with a single to left and Doran scored. Gay hit a two-run single to left field plating White and Black. Balzano and Gay then pulled off a double steal. Fransoso followed with a two-run single to right field. Fransoso scored when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled.
The Black Bears capped the scoring in the top of the eighth inning. Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) walked and scored when Fransoso hit a sacrifice fly.
Fransoso finished the game 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Gay scored a run and drove in a pair.
The story of the game, however, was Marks. In his first collegiate start, he pitched all nine innings and allowed just three hits while striking out eight.
Brandon Rhodes allowed three runs on four hits over three innings for the Owls. He picks up the loss and falls to 1-1 on the season. He was one of seven Florida Atlantic pitchers on the night.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday, March 13 when they wrap up their two-game series with Florida Atlantic.