The University of Maine baseball team travels to Clemson, S.C. for a three-game series with the Tigers this weekend. Maine is 1-2 on the season after opening last weekend at Miami. Clemson hosted Eastern Michigan for three games last weekend and comes into play 2-1.
EARLY SEASON HONORS: Maine swept the America East honors last weekend, earning Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Week. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) was named America East Player of the Week after hitting .545 with a run scored and two RBI. He stole a pair of bases. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) earned Pitcher of the Week honors after pitching a gem against Miami. He went seven innings and allowed a run on two hits while striking out eight. Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) was named the America East Rookie of the Week. He recorded two hits in his collegiate debut and recorded an RBI.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Black who is hitting .545 with a run scored and two RBI. He has a pair of stolen bases. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) has a .417 average, recording five hits in 12 at-bats. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) has a .333 average with two runs scored. He has Maine's lone extra base hit. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) is hitting .231 with a run scored. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) has a .222 average with two runs scored and an RBI. Jake Osborne has appeared in one game and recorded two hits in three at-bats.
The pitching staff is led by Scott Heath who is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He struck out eight batters in his win over #13 Miami. Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) and Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) each also started a game last weekend for the Black Bears. Both are 0-1.
LOOKING TO DEFEND: Maine won the 2013 America East Regular Season title. The Black Bears look to defend their title this season.
WHAT RETURNS: Maine returns 16 letterwinners from the 2013 season. Among the 19 letterwinners are six starters.
MAINE COACHING STAFF IN 2014: Maine head coach Steve Trimper (Eastern Connecticut State University '92) is in his ninth season at the helm of the Black Bears. He has an overall record of 414-376-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 242-202-2 with the Black Bears. Trimper won his 400th game at Maine on Saturday, April 20, 2013 against Stony Brook. He is assisted by Jason Spaulding (Vermont '00), Nick Derba (Manhattan '07) and J.P. Pyne (St. Joseph's '01).
CAPTAIN OF THE BLACK BEARS: The Black Bears have four captains this season. Troy Black, Alex Calbick, Colin Gay and Tommy Lawrence will all serve as captains this season.
LAWRENCE SINGLE SEASON WINS LEADER AT MAINE: Tommy Lawrence set the school record last year for wins in a season with 11. He broke the previous record of 10 wins, set multiple time
LAWRENCE BREAKS AMERICA EAST RECORD: Last season, pitcher Tommy Lawrence broke the America East record for wins in a season on May 4 with his 8-6 victory over Albany. Lawrence improved to a perfect 8-0 in league play. His eight wins broke the record of seven league victories set in 1994 by Delaware's Jeremy Benson.
A GLIMPSE AT CLEMSON: Clemson is 2-1 on the season after a series with Eastern Michigan last weekend... The Tigers are ranked 13th in the latest Baseball America Top-25 Poll... Clemson coach Jack Leggett (Maine '76) played both baseball and football for the Black Bears... He still holds the Maine record for longest field goal at 52 yards.
WINKIN SELECTED FOR COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME: Former Maine Hall of Fame coach Dr. John Winkin has been selected for the 2013 class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Winkin won over 1,000 career games as head coach at Colby College, Maine and Husson University during a 50-plus year career. Winkin coached the Black Bears from 1975-1996 where he won 642 game, including a school-record 48 victories during the 1991 season. Maine made 11 NCAA tournament appearances and six College World Series appearances during that span, including finishing third in the nation in 1982.
FAMILY TIES: Nick Bernardos' father Rick Bernardo played for the Black Bears from 1983-86 and was a first team All-American.
KEEPING IT LOCAL: Maine currently has six players from the state of Maine on its roster.
BLACK BEARS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Thirteen baseball players were honored as Maine Scholar-Athletes. Jeff Gelinas, Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes, Joe Kinee, Jake Osborne and Sam Stauble each earned a 3.0 or better in their first semester at the University of Maine. Alex Calbick, Burk FitzPatrick, Logan Fullmer, Brenden Geary and Jonathan Salcedo each earned a Bronze Medal. Nick Bernardo and Brian Doran earned Silver Medals, while Colin Gay earned a Gold Medal.
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