Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Stony Brook; Wins Series 2-1
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears won the second game 8-3, after dropping the first game 7-1. Maine moves to 11-12 on the season and 2-1 in America East play. Stony Brook falls to 6-12 overall, 1-2 in conference play.
Maine got on the board with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) led off with a double to right center field. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled and Heath moved to third base. Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) followed with a double and Heath scored. Doran scored the second run of the inning when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) doubled. Silva scored Maine's third run when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled.
Stony Brook pulled to within a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Courtney walked and advanced to second when Cole Peragine laid down a sacrifice bunt. Jack Parenty and Tanner Nivins drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Johnny Caputo singled and Courtney scored. Parenty scored the second run of the inning on a balk.
Maine countered with three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Silva was hit-by-a-pitch and Calbick followed with his second double of the game. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) followed with a single through the right side and Silva scored. Calbick scored when Black singled to shortstop. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to left field and Whitten scored, giving Maine a 6-2 lead.
Stony Brook added a run in the eighth. Parenty singled to center field and scored when Austin Shives his a sacrifice fly.
Maine added to its lead in the top of the ninth inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled through the right side and scored when Luke Mogle (Paoli, Pa.), reached on a fielder's choice. Mogle scored when Calbick singled through the right side.
Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) got the start and went seven innings on the mound. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six. He improves to 2-2 on the season. He was replaced by Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) who pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Black Bears .
Stony Brook used five pitchers in the game. Daniel Zamora got the start and allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. He falls to 0-4 on the season. Zamora was replaced by Chad Lee who allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. Tyler Honahan replaced Lee and allowed a run on three hits without striking out a batter. Tim Knesnik allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. Kenny Ball recorded the final out for the Seawolves.
In the first game, Stony Brook jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jack Parenty walked and scored when Shives grounded out to shortstop.
The Seawolves added four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kevin Courtney walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cole Peragine followed and drew a walk. Courtney scored when Parenty singled to center field. Tanner Nivins followed with a three run home run to left field.
Maine scored its first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Heath reached on an error and Doran followed with a walk. Heath scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) hit a sacrifice fly.
The Seawolves added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 7-1 final. Anthony Italiano doubled down the left field line and Steven Goldstein followed with a single to center. Courtney drove in both runs with a single to left field.
Maine's A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went five innings and allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out one batter and falls to 2-2 on the season. He was replaced by Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) who allowed two runs on three hits.
Frankie Vanderka went the distance for Stony Brook. He allowed one unearned run on four hits while fanning six. He improves to 2-2.
Maine return to action on Saturday, March 23 when its hosts Hartford at Maheney Diamond. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 PM.