Four Run Eighth Lifts Baseball Past South Dakota State 5-4
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The University of Maine baseball team scored four runs in the eighth inning and went on to defeat South Dakota State University 5-4 on Sunday afternoon in Port Charlotte, Fla. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) led the Maine offense with three hits and two RBI.
Maine got a run in the top of the first inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) led off the inning with a double and scored when Calbick singled. The Jackrabbits took the 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. They added a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth to make it a 4-1 lead.
Maine answered with four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the inning with a single. Gay followed with a single. Both runners advanced when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) grounded out. Balzano scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) doubled. Calbick followed with a double plating Gay. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) drove home both Doran and Calbick, giving Maine the 5-4 lead.
Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on 10 hits while striking out three. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went 2.2 innings and surrendered just two hits. He earns the win and improves to 1-1. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) earned his second save in the game.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, March 11 when it plays at Florida Atlantic. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.