Late Comeback Lifts Hartford Past Baseball
ORONO, Maine -- Hartford scored a pair of late runs to come from behind and defeat the University of Maine baseball team 2-1 on Monday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine. Rookie Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched seven scoreless innings for the Black Bears in his first America East Conferene start of the season.
Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled to right field with two outs. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) followed with a single to left field. Bussey scored the first run of the game when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled up the middle.
Maine held the 1-0 lead until the top of the eighth inning when Hartford tied the game at 1-1. Chris DelDebbio led off the inning and tripled to right field. He scored when Brian Estevez reached on a fielder's choice.
The Hawks scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Brady Sheetz led off the inning with a double to right field. Sheetz scored the second run of the game for the Hawks on a hit by James Alfonso.
Maine had a pair of base runners with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was unable to tie the game.
Gelinas was impressive for the Black Bears on the mound. He allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out seven batters in the game. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) replaced Gelinas and allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. He suffered the loss and fell to 0-2.
David Drouin got the start for Hartford and went seven innings. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven as well. He was replaced by Sam McKay who pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn the win. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Alex Gouin pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season.
Maine falls to 9-19 on the season with the loss and 1-5 in America East play. Hartford improves to 16-10 overall, 6-2 in conference action.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, April 8 when it hosts Thomas College at 5 PM at Mahaney Diamond.