ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with Albany on Saturday afternoon in Albany, N.Y. Maine won the first game 8-6, before dropping the second game 4-3. Maine moves to 28-18 on the season and 15-7 in conference play. Albany sees its record go to 21-18-1, 14-9 in conference play.
In the first game, Maine took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the inning with a single to left field. He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.). Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) followed with a bunt single. Balzano scored the first run of the inning when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled through the right side. Fransoso scored the second run of the inning when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) singled to shortstop.
Albany tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. Josh Nethaway and Brian Bullard had back-to-back singles. Both runners advanced a base when D.J. Hoagboom had a sacrifice bunt. Nethaway scored when Welsh grounded out. Bullard scored the second run of the winning on a wild pitch.
Albany took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Nolan Gaige was hit and scored when Gordon Madej reached on an error. Madej scored the second run of the inning when Bullard singled.
Maine took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) led off the inning with a single and Balzano drew a walk. Gay tripled to left field to left center field driving home both runs. Gay scored when Fransoso grounded out.
Albany tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Greg Muller singled up the middle and scored when Madej doubled down the right field line.
Maine took the lead once again in the top of the seventh inning with three runs. Fransoso singled down the right field line to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice by Calbick and scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled through the left side. White then tripled, plating Doran with the seventh run of the game. White scored when Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) doubled to left field.
Albany capped the scoring with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Joey Tracy doubled to left field and scored when Greg Muller grounded out.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) pitched the complete game to improve to 9-2 on the season. He allowed six runs, five of which were earned, on six hits. He struck out seven batters in the game.
Kasceim Graham allowed five runs over four innings. Kevin Archbold allowed three runs on hour hits and suffers the loss.
In the second game, Maine got on the board in the first inning. Balzano led off the game with a double and scored when Fransoso grounded out.
Maine added a run in the top of the second inning. Doran was hit and scored when Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) grounded out.
Albany countered in the bottom of the frame. Nethaway singled and scored when Matt Hinchy singled to center field. The Great Danes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Tracy singled and scored when Gaige tripled to center field. Gaige scored when Madej singled.
Maine knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth. Fransoso was hit and scored when Calbick doubled down the right field line.
Albany regained the lead again in the bottom of the seventh inning. Madej singled up the middle and Nethaway was hit. D.J. Hoagboon doubled to left field, scoring Madej.
Austin Chase pitched the complete game for Albany. He allowed three runs on three hits.
The two teams finish their three-game America East series on Sunday with a single game at 12 noon.