WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Junior Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished by allowing just one hit over eight innings as the University of Maine baseball team defeated Hartford 9-3 on Saturday afternoon in West Hartford, Conn. The Black Bears even their record to 12-12 on the season and improve to 3-1 in America East play. Hartford falls to 2-14 overall, 2-2 in conference action.
Maine struck early with three runs in the top of the first inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) singled to right field and stole second base. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) followed with a home run over the right field fence. For Fransoso, it was his second homer of the season. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) walked and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) followed with a single to left field. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) doubled to right field, plating Calbick.
Maine added to its lead in the top of the second inning. Gay reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Fransoso doubled to left center. Calbick then led off the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season as Maine pushed its lead to 5-0.
The Black Bears added a solo run in the top of the fifth inning. Doran doubled to left field and scored when Whitten singled up the middle.
Hartford broke up the no-hitter by Lawrence in the seventh inning. Ryan Lukach was hit and James Alfonso followed with a single down the right field line. Lukach scored when Chris DelDebbio reached on an error.
Maine got the run back in the top of the eighth inning when Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) homered for the Black Bears. It was the first home run of the season for Connolly.
Maine got two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Fransoso walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Fransoso scored when Doran singled. Doran scored the ninth run of the game for the Black Bears on a balk.
The Hawks scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Brady Sheetz walked and Lukach followed with a double down the right field line. DelDebbio had a two-run double to right field scoring both runs.
Lawrence was brilliant again for the Black Bears. He went eight innings and allowed just one unearned run on one hit. He struck out eight batters in the game, while surrendering just one walk. He improves to 3-2 on the season with the victory. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) pitched the ninth inning for the Black Bears.
Kyle Gauthier got the start for Hartford and allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings. He walked a pair and struck out one. Gauthier falls to 0-3. He was replaced by Alex Gouin, who allowed one run on three hits while striking out three. Ryan Carter pitched two thirds of an inning and allowed two runs on two hits. Sam McKay recorded the final out for the Hawks.
Fransoso finished the game going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. He was one of three Black Bears to homer in the game.
The two teams return to action on Sunday, March 24 when they play a doubleheader starting at 12 noon.