ORONO, Maine – Versatile junior Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) played all nine positions on Wednesday night as the University of Maine baseball team defeated UMaine Farmington 11-1. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) hit his second home run in as many nights and Eric White (Brewer, Maine) added four hits for the Black Bears.
Maine improves to 27-17 on the season, while UMaine Farmington fall to 9-23.
UMaine Farmington took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Dale Winchenbach walked and scored when Matthew Woodbury tripled to right field.
Maine answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) drew back-to-back walks. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) was hit to load the bases. Gay scored on a wild pitch. Doran and Fransoso both scored when White singled to center field.
Whitten led off the top of the fourth inning with a home run over the right field fence. For Whitten, it was his second home run of the season.
Maine loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Connolly walked, Whitten singled and Balzano reached on an error. Connolly scored on a Gay sacrifice fly. Whitten and Balzano both scored when Fransoso singled. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.), who was hit, scored when White singled.
Maine added a run in the seventh inning. Whitten doubled to right field. Gay reached on a fielder's choice and Whitten was safe at third base. The duo then pulled off a double steal, with Gay stealing second and Whitten home.
Maine capped the scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning when rookie Brenden Geary belted his first career home run.
Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) got the start and went three innings on the mound. He allowed just one run on a pair of hits while striking out three. He improves to 1-2 on the season. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) pitched three scoreless innings in relief. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) retired the two batters that he faced. Connolly retired the final batter of the seventh inning. Whitten and Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) each pitched a scoreless inning to close the game.
Ben Pearson went 5.1 innings for UMaine Farmington. He allowed nine runs, seven of which were earned, on six hits. He falls to 1-6 on the season. Kyle Peterson, Ian McAlister and Ethan Jean also pitched in relief for the Beavers.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, May 4 when they travel to Albany for a three game series with the Great Danes.