CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) had three hits, including his first career home run, to lead the University of Maine baseball team past Boston College 9-7 on Tuesday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Black Bears improve to 32-19 on the season, while Boston College falls to 11-38.
Maine added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning with three runs. Gay reached on a fielder's choice and Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) reached on an error. Brendan Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) drew a walk to load the bases. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) drove in Gay and Balzano with a single to center field. Geary scored the third run of the inning when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) hit a sacrifice fly.
Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) led off the top of the sixth inning with a double to left field and scored when Gay singled to right field.
Calbick led off the top of the seventh inning with a double and scored when White singled to right field. For Calbick, it was his team-leading 19th double of the season. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) singled and then scored when Bussey singled to center field.
Boston College got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Gabriel Hernandez singled to right field and Blake Butera drew a walk. Joe Cronin singled to load the bases. Matt Pare hit a bases loaded double driving in all three runs.
The Eagles added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Matt McGovern led off the inning with a double to right field. Jimmy Dowdell pinch ran for McGovern and scored when Hernandez singled up the middle.
The Black Bears added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning. Whitten led off the inning with a double to right field and scored when Bussey hit his first career home run.
BC made it a 9-7 final with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Hennessy walked Stephen Sauter singled to right field. Hennessy scored on a wild pitch. Dowdell honored to left field, plating Sauter ahead of him.
Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He picks up the win and improves to 4-0 on the season. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) replaced Marks on the mound. He allowed one run in three hits in one inning of action. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) pitched the final 1.2 innings. He allowed three runs on a pair of hits over 1.2 innings. He picks up his second save of the season.
Boston College used seven pitchers in the game. Jay Jeannotte allowed one run on two hits over an inning and suffered the loss.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday, May 15 when it hosts Holy Cross at 6 PM at Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.