Baseball Falls in Final Game in Florida

Baseball Falls in Final Game in Florida

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team dropped its final game in Florida on Sunday to North Dakota State University 13-1. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) had three hits and scored Maine's lone run. Maine falls to 7-14 on the season, while North Dakota State improves to 6-7. 

North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning via a two-run double by Kyle Kleinendorst. The Bison doubled their lead in the fourth with a pair of runs. Kleinendorst singled and scored when Michael Leach grounded out. 

The Bison scored eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to extend their lead to 12-0. David Ernst had a key two-run single in the inning. 

Maine scored its lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Black led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) drew a walk. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled through the left side to load the bases. Black scored when the Black Bears hit into a double play. 

North Dakota capped the scoring in the top of the ninth with a run. 

Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went five innings. He surrendered six runs, just three of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out three. He evens his record at 2-2 on the season. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched a third of an inning for Maine. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) went 2.2 innings and allowed one run, which was unearned, on three hits. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) pitched the final inning and allowed a run on two hits. 

Parker Terwin pitched seven scoreless innings for the Bison allowing just five hits while striking out 10. He improves to 2-1 on the season. 

The Black Bears return to action on Thursday, March 20 when they face Princeton in Annapolis, Md., before swinging into America East Conference action next weekend at UMBC. 

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