Lawrence and Bazdanes Lead Maine to Sweep; Trimper Wins 400th Career Game
ORONO, Maine – Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) and A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua N.H.) each threw complete games as the University of Maine baseball team swept a doubleheader from Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine. Maine won the first game 2-1 and took the second game 3-2.
The Black Bears, who extend their winning streak to nine games, improve to 24-14 on the season and 13-3 in America East play. Stony Brook falls to 13-26 overall, 6-11 in conference play. With the victory in game two, Maine head coach Steve Trimper recorded his 400th career victory.
In the first game, Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jack Parenty walked and scored when Anthony Italiano hit a sacrifice fly.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled up the middle and Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) doubled to left center driving him home. Calbick, who entered the game tied for 12th in the nation in doubles, doubled for the 16th time this season.
Maine took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second base. He scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to right field.
Tommy Lawrence did the rest for the Black Bears as he went the distance, allowing just one run on six hits. He fanned a pair of batters and improves to 7-2 on the season.
Frankie Vanderka pitched all six innings for Stony Brook. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four. He falls to 4-3 on the season.
In the second game, Maine took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Calbick singled to center field.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fransoso led off the inning with a single to right center field and Calbick drew a walk. Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) singled to right field plating Fransoso. Calbick scored the second run of the inning when White reached on a fielder's choice.
Stony Brook plated a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull to within one run. Brett Tenuto walked and Cole Peragine singled to left field. Both runners scored when Kevin Courtney doubled to right center field.
Bazdanes did the rest, as he pitched the complete game. He allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out nine batters. He improves to 5-3 on the season.
Brandon McNitt suffered the loss for Stony Brook as he allowed three runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. He falls to 2-4 on the season. Tim Knesnik pitched the final 3.1 innings for the Seawolves.
The two teams complete their three-game America East series on Sunday with a single game starting at 1 PM at Mahaney Diamond.