CLEMSON, S.C. -- The University of Maine baseball team jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold on and fell to #13 Clemson 10-2 on Sunday afternoon in Clemson, S.C. Maine falls to 1-5 on the season, while Clemson improves to 5-1.
Maine jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a half inning of play. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the game with a single to center field. He stole second base and scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to second base.
Clemson answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-1 lead. Tyler Slaton and Tyler Krieger each reached to lead off the inning, before Garrett Boulware doubled down the left field line, driving in Slaton. Steven Duggar doubled as well scoring Krieger. Boulware scored when Steve Wilkerson hit a sacrifice fly. Duggar scored when Jay Baum scored on an error.
The Tigers plated a run in the bottom of the second inning, before adding four more in the bottom of the third. Weston Wilson had the big hit in the inning for Clemson when he hit a two-run double.
Maine got a run in the top of the sixth inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) singled and scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) doubled to right field. The Black Bears, however, could get no closer and Clemson capped the scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) led the Maine offense with a pair of hits.
Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went 2.1 innings. He allowed nine runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and falls to 1-1 on the season. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes allowed just one run over the next 4.2 innings. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched the final innning for the Black Bears and did not allow a hit.
Clemson used five pitchers in the game. Jake Long for the start and went six innings to earn the win. He improves to 1-0 on the season. He allowed just two runs on six hits.
Maine returns to action on Friday, Feb. 28 when they face Furman from Deland, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.