ORONO, Maine – A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) threw a complete game shutout in the first game and Maine exploded for 13 runs in the sixth inning of the second game to sweep a baseball doubleheader from UMBC on Friday evening. Maine won the first game 1-0 before taking the second game 18-9. Maine improves to 34-19 on the season and 20-8 in America East play, while UMBC falls to 17-30 overall, 8-21 in conference play.
The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) led off the inning with a single through the right side. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) and scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to center field.
A.J. Bazdanes got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and pitched brilliantly. He surrendered just two hits while striking out seven batters. He moved to 6-5 on the season.
Stephen Chrzanowski went 6.1 innings and allowed one run on seven hits. He falls to 0-2 on the season.
In the second game, UMBC scored a run in the top of the first inning. Rob McCabe led off the game with a single and scored when Brandon Coluccio grounded out. The Retrievers extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Jake Barnes doubled and scored on an error.
Maine got a run in the bottom of the third inning. Sam Balzano walked and scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) singled to center field.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) and Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) had back-to-back hits. Heath scored when Bussey grounded out and Silva scored the second run of the inning when Balzano reached on an error. Balzano scored when Black doubled to right field.
UMBC scored a run in the top of the fifth inning. Rob McCabe walked and scored when LaChance grounded out.
Maine countered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled to right field and then advanced to third on a pair of errors. He scored when Heath singled to left field.
Maine then exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, one shy of the school record for runs in an inning. Balzano led off the inning with a double and Black followed with a single. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) was hit to load the bases. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) followed with a single to center field driving in two runs. White scored on an error on the play. Doran followed with a double plating Calbick. Heath and Silva then had back-to-back hits. Doran scored on a wild pitch. Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) had an infield single, scoring Heath. Bussey walked to load the bases. Black then roped a triple scoring all three runners. Black scored on a wild pitch. White walked and Calbick was then hit. Doran followed with a double scoring White. Calbick scored when Heath grounded out. Doran scored when Silva singled to center field.
UMBC got a run in the top of the seventh inning. LaChance walked and scored when D.J. Smith doubled.
UMBC scored four runs in the eighth inning to make it an 18-9 final.
Maine used six pitchers in the game, as it prepares for the America East Tournament. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) got the start and allowed a pair of runs on four hits. He picks up the win and improves to 2-1. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) allowed two runs on a hit. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) went two thirds of an inning and did not allow a hit. Connolly surrendered one run in relief. Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) allowed four runs on three hits. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Kevin Ladner got the start for UMBC. He falls to 4-2 on the season.
The two teams conclude their three-game America East series on Saturday, May 18 with a single game beginning at 1 PM. Prior to the game, Maine will honors it four seniors.