BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maine baseball team dropped a 7-6 decision to UMBC in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine), who got the start on the mound, also led the Maine offense with three hits and two RBI.
Maine falls to 8-16 on the season and 1-2 in America East play. UMBC improves to 5-10 overall, 3-3 in conference action.
Maine scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the inning and drew a base-on-balls. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled up the middle and Balzano moved to third base. He scored on a Heath sacrifice fly. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) followed with a double to center field plating Black. Calbick advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) doubled to left field.
UMBC tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with three runs of its own. Jake Barnes led off the inning with a single through the right side and moved to second on a sacrifice by Connor Hax. Barnes advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rob McCabe drew a walk and then stole second base. Andrew Casali reached on an error to load the bases. Vince Corbi followed with a double to right field scoring both Barnes and McCabe. Casali scored when Kevin Lachance singled to right field.
Maine grabbed the lead back in the top of the sixth inning. Balzano singled up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.). Black followed and drew a walk. Balzano scored when Heath singled up the middle. The Black Bears added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) walked and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled to center. Bussey advanced to third and Adam scored on an error on the play. Bussey scored on a Balzano sacrifice bunt.
UMBC added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Barnes singled to right field and scored when Hax doubled to right center. The Retrievers tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Lachance led off the inning and drew a walk and scored on an error. Nick Naumann, who reached on an error, scored when Hax singled through the right side.
UMBC won the game in the bottom of the 12th inning. Casali doubled down the left field and scored when Mark Esposito singled to shortstop.
Scott Heath got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out five batters in the game. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) relieved Heath and went 1.2 innings, scattering a pair of hits. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) allowed a run on three hits over one inning. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) went the final 4.1 innings to suffer the loss. He allowed three runs, just one of which was earned, on four hits. He falls to 1-2 on the season.
UMBC used four pitchers in the game as well. Riley Stephenson started the game and went three innings. He allowed three runs on five hits. Michael Gomez went three innings as well and allowed a run on five hits. Kevin Ladner pitched a third of an inning and allowed two runs, just one of which was earned, on a hit. Jonny Dierks went the final 5.1 innings to earn the victory. He scattered four hits which striking out six. He improves to 1-1 on the season.