BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with UMBC on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. Maine won the first game 4-1 behind a complete game by Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.), before dropping the nightcap 2-1.
Maine moves to 8-15 on the season and 1-1 in America East play. UMBC moves to 4-10 overall, 2-3 in conference action
In the first game, Maine struck first with a run in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) singled to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled through the left side and scored on a Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) single to right.
UMBC knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Lachance singled up the middle and stole second base. He scored when Hunter Dolshun singled to right field.
Maine wasted little time taking the lead back. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) led off the top of the seventh inning and was hit-by-a-pitch. Salcedo followed with a double to left center and Bussey moved to third. Balzano walked to load the bases with no outs. Bussey scored when Maine hit into a double play.
The Black Bears added to their lead in the eighth inning when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) doubled to left field, moved to third on a walk and then scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) reached on an error. Balzano reached on a passed ball and scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) doubled to right field in the top of the ninth to make it a 4-1 final.
Tommy Lawrence went the distance on the mound for the Black Bears, allowing just one run on eight hits. He struck out eight batters in the game and improves to 2-4. Joe Vanderplas allowed two runs on five hits over six innings to suffer the loss for the Retrievers. He falls to 0-2. Bobby Applegate went two innings in relief, while Shane Vlasic pitched the ninth inning for UMBC. Each reliever surrendered a run.
In the second game, UMBC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Vince Corbi drew a walk and Lachance followed with a double to left center, plating Corbi. Lachance scored when Dolshun doubled down the left field line.
Maine threatened in the top of the seventh inning. Bussey led off the inning with a single to shortstop. Balzano reached on a fielder's choice and Bussey advanced to second base on an error. Both runners moved up a base with after a UMBC balk. Bussey scored Maine's first run of the game when Gay grounded out.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went 4.1 innings. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out one. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) replaced Coughlin and did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings. He falls to 1-2 on the season.
Mac Gill pitched the complete game for the Retrievers. He allowed one unearned run on five hits while striking out three. He improves to 1-1.
The two teams finished their three-game weekend series on Sunday, March 23. First pitch is set for 2 PM from Alumni Field in Baltimore, Md.