Heath, Black Bears Knock Off #13 Miami 3-1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) surrendered just one run on a pair of hits over seven innings as the University of Maine baseball team defeated #13 Miami 3-1 on Saturday night at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Fla. The Black Bears even their record at 1-1 on the young season.
Maine struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) led off the inning and was hit. He moved to second base on a sacrifice by Skylar Mercado (Bronx, N.Y.). Salcedo advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored when Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) reached on an error. Gay advanced to second on an error and scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to left field.
Miami got a run in the bottom of the third inning when Laz Rivera was hit. Dale Carey followed with a single to right field, advancing Rivera to third base. Carey then stole second base, while Rivera swipped home.
The Black Bears got an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) doubled to left field to lead off the inning. He advanced to third on a sacrifice by Gay. Black was walked intentionally and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) drew a walk to load the bases. Balzano scored when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, Ontario) reached on an error.
Maine sent the Hurricans down in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the 3-1 win.
Heath went seven innigs on the mound and allowed just one run on two hits. He struck out eight batters in the game. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) pitched two scoreless inning in relief to earn his first save of the season.
Bryan Radziewski got the start for Miami and went five innings. He allowed a pair of unearned runs on four hits. Javi Salas pitched two innings and surrendered three hits. Bryan Garcia pitched the final two innings and allowed a run.
Maine finished the game with an 8-2 edge in hits. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) had three hits for the Black Bears, getting the start as Maine's designated hitter.
The two teams conclude their three-game series on Sunday, Feb. 16. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.