CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Maine baseball team opened the 2014 season dropping a 6-3 decision to #13 Miami on Friday evening. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) led the Black Bear offense with three hits in the game.
Miami jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Hurricanes had back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. All four runs scored with bases loaded walks.
The Black Bears got a run back in the top of the second inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) had back-to-back singles. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) walked to load the bases. Doran scored when Skylar Mercado (Bronx, N.Y.) grounded out.
Miami got the run back when Tyler Palmer homered to lead off the second inning.
Maine pulled to within two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to shortstop and Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) followed with a single to right field. Balzano scored when Black singled to center field. Gay scored the second run of the inning on an error.
Johnny Ruiz walked and scored when Palmer singled in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it a 6-3 final.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) got the start on the mound for Maine and went five innings. He allowed five runs on four hits while striking out seven. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) went 2.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) retired the final batter.
Chris Diaz went five innings for Miami to earn the win. He allowed one run on six hits. AJ Salcines picked up the save.
The two teams continue their three-game series on Saturday, Feb. 15. First pitch is slated for 7 PM.