DeLAND, Fla. -- Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with five RBI, while Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) picked up his second win of the season on the mound as the University of Maine baseball team defeated Stetson 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in DeLand, Fla.
The Black Bears improve to 2-7 on the season, while Stetson falls to 2-9.
The Hatters opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Zech doubled to right field and scored when Patrick Mazeika hit a sacrifice fly.
Maine scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) reached on a fielder's choice and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) followed with a single to shortstop. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball. Geary drove home both runners with a double to left field. Geary scored the third run of the inning when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to first base.
The Black Bears added to their lead with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to left field to lead off the inning. Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) walked and both runners advanced a base on an error. Calbick was intentionally walked to load the bases. Geary followed with his second double of the game, this time clearing the bases, giving Maine a 6-1 lead.
The Hatters added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull to within three runs. Kyle Pitts singled to left field and Mazeika followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Pitts scored when Wade McNabb hit a sacrifice fly. Mazeika scored the second run of the inning when Robert Bruce doubled down the left field line.
Heath got the start on the mound and went five innings. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three batters. He improves to 2-1 on the season. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) was impressive in relief. He went 3.2 innings and did not surrender a run, while fanning four. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) retired the final batter to earn his first save of the season.
Taylor Cockrell got the start for the Hatters on the mound. He went five innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and falls to 0-2 on the season. Adam Schaly relieved Cockrell and went 3.2 innings while allowing four hits. Ben Rakus pitched retired the final batter.
Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.), Black and Balzano each had a pair of hits in the game for the Black Bears.
The Black Bears return to action on Tuesday, March 4 when they face Northeastern at 10:30 AM in Port Charlotte, Fla.