VESTAL, N.Y. – The University of Maine baseball team swept a doubleheader from Binghamton on Sunday afternoon and in the process earned won the 2013 America East Regular Season Title. Maine won the first game 4-3, before taking the second game 13-7 in 10 innings. The Black Bears improve to 31-19 on the season and 18-8 in conference play. Binghamton falls to 25-21 overall, 14-12 in America East play.
In the first game, Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. John Howell walked and Nick Pancerella singled to left field. Howell scored when Bill Bereszniewic singled to left field. Pancerella when Zach Bladen singled to center field.
Maine got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) doubled and stole third base. He scored when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) hit a sacrifice fly.
Binghamton got the run back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Howell doubled down the left field line and scored when Bereszniewic singled up the middle.
Maine tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) had back-to-back singles. Connolly scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled. Black tied the game when Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) grounded out.
Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) belted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Maine a 4-3 lead.
A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) went 3.1 innings for the Black Bears and allowed three runs on seven hits. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) went 1.2 innings in relief. He surrendered just two hits and picks up the victory. Marks improves to 3-0 on the season. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) pitched the final two innings to earn his first save.
Jack Rogalla went all seven innings for Binghamton. He allowed four runs on nine hits and falls to 4-4 on the season.
In the second game, Maine scored a pair of runs in the top of the second inning after back-to-back home runs by Calbick and Eric White (Brewer, Maine). It was the second home run of the season for Calbick and the team-leading fifth for White.
Maine added two more runs in the top of the third inning. Black walked and stole second base. He scored when Fransoso singled. Fransoso scored the second run of the game when White singled through the right side.
Maine added a run in the eighth inning. Connolly doubled and scored when Balzano singled to right field.
Binghamton got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the eighth inning. David Schanz singled to left field. Jake Thomas followed with a single through the right side. Both runners scored when Daniel Nevares doubled to left center field.
Binghamton tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pancerella was hit and Blanden walked. Mike Bunal, who pinch ran for Pancerella, scored when Schanz singled to left field. Blanden scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Maine regained the lead in the top of the 10th inning with eight runs. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) doubled and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) followed with a bunt single. Connolly then doubled to center field, sending Whitten home from third base. Heath scored when Balzano singled. Connolly scored the third run of the inning when Black singled to center field. Fransoso then walked to load the bases. Calbick drew a bases loaded walk, forcing home Balzano from third base. White followed with a double to center field, driving home both Black and Fransoso. Whitten then singled to center field, scoring Calbick and White.
Scott Musin had a two-run double in the bottom of the 10th to make it a 13-7 final.
Maine's Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) got the start and went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went one inning and allowed a pair of runs on three hits. Whitten went one inning and allowed two runs on one hit. He picks up the win and improves to 1-1. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) pitched the 10th inning for the Black Bears.
Jay Lynch got the start for Binghamton. He allowed four runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings. Jake Cryrts replaced Lynch. He allowed one run on a pair of hits over 3.2 innings. Mike Kaufman allowed three runs on three hits for Binghamton. Mike Urbanski allowed five runs in a third of an inning. Jed Leman pitched the final two thirds of an inning.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, May 14 when it travels to Boston College for a game against the Eagles.