White Belts Three Home Runs As Maine Sweeps UMBC 19-0 and 8-7 in Baseball

 

White Belts Three Home Runs As Maine Sweeps UMBC 19-0 and 8-7 in Baseball

BALTIMORE, Md. --  Eric White (Brewer, Maine) led off the 10th inning with a home run, his third of the day, as the University of Maine baseball team swept a doubleheader from UMBC on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. Maine cruised to a 19-0 win in the first game, before taking the second game 8-7 in 10 innings. The Black Bears improve to 20-14 on the season and 10-3 in America East play. UMBC falls to 8-17 overall, 4-10 in conference action. 

 

Numerous Black Bears had impressive games, including Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) who finished the day 7-for-9 in the two games with two runs scored and five RBI. White finished 6-for-9 with six runs scored and five RBI. Eight of Maine's nine starters finished with either three hits, three runs scored or three RBI on the day. 

 

In the first game Maine scored early and often. After a scoreless first inning, the Black Bears put up three runs in the top of the second inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled to first base and Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) followed with a home run to center field. Maine's very next batter, White, belted a home run over the left field fence.

 

The Black Bears added five runs in the top of the third inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) doubled to center field and scored when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) doubled to right center. Calbick scored on a wild pitch. Silva was hit and scored after White singled and advanced on an error. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) walked. Balzano singled up the middle scoring both White and Black. 

 

Maine scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Fransoso walked and Calbick hit his second double of the game.  Silva walked to load the bases. Fransoso scored on a wild pitch, before White drove everyone else home with his second home run of the game. Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) was hit and Black walked. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) hit Maine's fourth home run of the game with shot to left field, plating Connolly and Black ahead of him. 

 

In the fifth, Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) doubled and Silva followed with a double to left center, scoring Heath. White followed with a single up the middle. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) doubled and Silva scored. Balzano reached on an error and White scored. Salcedo scored when Gay reached on a fielder's choice. 

 

Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) allowed just one hit over five innings for the Black Bears. He struck out three batters and improves to 6-2 on the season. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) pitched a scoreless sixth, while Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) pitched a one-two-three seventh inning. 

 

Mac Gill got the start for UMBC and falls to 2-2. He allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, on 10 hits. Jon Cobo allowed 11 runs, eight of which were earned, on eight hits in one inning. Gabe Togna pitched the final three innings for the Retrievers. He surrendered just two hits. 

 

The second game was much close, in fact going to extra innings. Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Balzano led off the game with a single up the middle and scored when Fransoso grounded out. The Black Bears added three runs in the top of the second inning. White walked and Connolly followed with a single through the left side. Black singled through the right side and White scored. Balzano plated the second run with a single up the middle and scored when Gay reached on an error. 

 

UMBC scored five runs to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the frame. Brandon Coluccio singled and Jason Allinder reached on a fielder's choice. Coluccio was safe at second on an error on the play. Tom Gilchrist singled through the right side and Coluccio scored. Vince Corbi singled to right field to load the bases. Rob McCabe came to the plate with the bases loaded. He laid down a bunt and would end up scoring after a pair of errors on the play, giving UMBC a 5-4 lead.  

 

Maine took the lead in the top of the third.  Calbick singled up the middle. Doran and Silva drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Calbick scored when Maine hit into a double play. Doran scored on a passed ball. 

 

The Black Bears held the 6-5 lead until the top of the eighth inning when they added an insurance run. Connolly led off the inning with a single to third base. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Balzano hit a RBI single. 

 

UMBC scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game. McCabe and Ian Glassman drew back-to-back walked. Barnes was hit to load the bases. McCabe, and D.J. Smith, who pinch ran for Glassman, each scored when Coluccio singled up the middle. 

 

White led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to left field, his third of the day for the Black Bears and team-leading fourth of the season. That proved to be the game-winning run. 

 

A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) went 6.1 innings and allowed five runs, just two of which were earned, on six hits. He struck out four batters. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went two thirds of an inning and surrendered one hit. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) allowed two runs after a pair of walks in 1.1 innings. Morrill went two thirds of an inning and got credit for the victory. He improves to 1-0 on the season. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn his first save. 

 

Denis Mikush got the start for UMBC and went two inning. He allowed six runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. Jon Cohn went 7.1 innings in relief and allowed two runs on seven hits. He suffered the loss and falls to 2-3. Mike Gomez pitched the final two thirds of an inning. 

 

The two teams conclude their three-game America East series on Sunday, April 14. The Black Bears and Retrievers will play a single game starting at 12 noon. 

 

 

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