CLEMSON, SC – Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine), Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) each had a pair of hits, however, the University of Maine baseball team fell at #13 Clemson 5-2 on Friday afternoon. The Black Bears fall to 1-3 on the season with the loss, while Clemson improves to 3-1.
Clemson jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. Tyler Krieger walked and then stole second base. He moved to third when Garrett Boulware singled. Steven Duggar followed with a single through the right side and Krieger scored. Duggar and Boulware both scored when Chris Okey doubled.
The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning. Andrew Cox reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Tyler Slaton doubled.
Maine got on the board with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Sam Balzano and Colin Gay had back-to-back singles. Balzano scored the first run of the game for the Black Bears when Brian Doran grounded out.
The Tigers got the run back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Slaton doubled to right field and scored when Boulware singled up the middle, giving Clemson a 5-1 lead.
Maine threatened in the top of the eighth, but was able to push across just one run. Balzano and Gay again had back-to-back singles. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled through the right side and Balzano scored.
Maine threatened again in the top of the ninth inning as it brought the tying run to the plate, but was unable to tie the game.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went seven innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out six batters. Lawrence falls to 0-2 on the season. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) did not allow a run in the eighth inning for the Black Bears.
Daniel Gossett went seven innings for Clemson and allowed one run on four hits. He picks up the victory. Patrick Andrews pitched a third of an inning and allowed a run on a pair of hits. Zack Erwin went the final 1.2 innings and allowed a pair of hits.
The two teams play game two of their three game weekend series on Saturday, Feb. 22. First pitch is slated for 2 PM from Clemson, S.C. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.