The University of Maine baseball team returns to America East action this weekend when it travels to conference newcomer UMass Lowell. Maine is 10-19 on the season and 1-5 in America East play, while the River Hawks are 10-10 overall, 3-2 in conference action.
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario), who is hitting .361 with 18 runs scored and 15 RBI. He has five doubles and nine stolen bases. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) is chipping in with a .358 average with seven runs scored and five RBI. He has seven doubles on the season. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) is batting .333 with 18 runs scored and 15 RBI. He leads the team in double with 12. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) is hitting .307 with 15 runs scored and seven RBI. He has six stolen bases. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) has a .302 average with 15 runs scored and 11 RBI. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) is hitting .258 with 11 runs scored and six RBI. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) has a .240 average with 14 runs scored and 14 RBI. He has four doubles on the season. Shane Bussey has a .209 average with 15 runs scored and six RBI.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) is 2-3 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) is 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 47 on the season. Scott Heath is 2-2 on the season with a 5.52 ERA. He recorded a victory over #13 Miami earlier this year. Lawrence and Heath have each started six games on the season. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) is 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) and Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) each also have a victory on the season. Butler has three saves, while Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) has a pair of saves.
MAINE COACHING STAFF IN 2014: Maine head coach Steve Trimper (Eastern Connecticut State University '92) is in his ninth season at the helm of the Black Bears. He has an overall record of 423-393-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 251-219-2 with the Black Bears. Trimper won his 400th game at Maine on Saturday, April 20, 2013 against Stony Brook. He is assisted by Jason Spaulding (Vermont '00), Nick Derba (Manhattan '07) and J.P. Pyne (St. Joseph's '01).
CAPTAIN OF THE BLACK BEARS: The Black Bears have four captains this season. Troy Black, Alex Calbick, Colin Gay and Tommy Lawrence will all serve as captains this season.
FIVE GAMES AND FOUR RUNS: Maine has a record of 1-5 in conference play, but the Black Bears have lost those five games by a combined six runs. They have four one run losses and a 6-4 loss. Two of the losses have come in extra innings.
SCOUTING THE UMASS LOWELL RIVER HAWKS: UMass Lowell, in its first year in America East, is 10-10 on the season and 3-2 in America East play. The River Hawks are led by Matt Mottola who is hitting .436 with five runs scored and five RBI. Matthew Sanchez is batting .325 with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. He has four doubles and six stolen bases. Danny Mendick has a .316 average with 10 runs scored and 15 RBI. He has four doubles a triple and a home run. Luke Reynolds has a .283 average with nine runs scored and five RBI. Jimmy Ricoy is batting .264 with 13 runs scored and 12 RBI. He has seven doubles. Ian Strom has a .254 average with seven runs scored and 10 RBI, while Geoff DeGroot has a .241 average with four runs scored and four RBI.
he pitching staff is led by Mike Calzetta who is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA. He has struck out 22 batters on the season. Shane Beauchemin is 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA. He leads the team in innings pitched with 29 on the season. Thulani Denaro and Raz Bracha each also have a pair of wins.
MAINE AND UMASS LOWELL: This is Maine's first meeting with UMass Lowell.
APPROACHING 200: Maine has three players approaching the 200 hit plateau. Alex Calbick currently has 191 career hits, while Troy Black is just behind him with 190. Colin Gay has recorded 182 career hits.
LOOKING TO DEFEND: Maine won the 2013 America East Regular Season title. The Black Bears look to defend their title this season.
WHAT RETURNS: Maine returns 16 letterwinners from the 2013 season. Among the 19 letterwinners are six starters.
LAWRENCE SINGLE SEASON WINS LEADER AT MAINE: Tommy Lawrence set the school record last year for wins in a season with 11. He broke the previous record of 10 wins, set multiple time
LAWRENCE BREAKS AMERICA EAST RECORD: Last season, pitcher Tommy Lawrence broke the America East record for wins in a season on May 4 with his 8-6 victory over Albany. Lawrence improved to a perfect 8-0 in league play. His eight wins broke the record of seven league victories set in 1994 by Delaware's Jeremy Benson.
FAMILY TIES: Nick Bernardos' father Rick Bernardo played for the Black Bears from 1983-86 and was a first team All-American.
KEEPING IT LOCAL: Maine currently has six players from the state of Maine on its roster.
BLACK BEARS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Thirteen baseball players were honored as Maine Scholar-Athletes. Jeff Gelinas, Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes, Joe Kinee, Jake Osborne and Sam Stauble each earned a 3.0 or better in their first semester at the University of Maine. Alex Calbick, Burk FitzPatrick, Logan Fullmer, Brenden Geary and Jonathan Salcedo each earned a Bronze Medal. Nick Bernardo and Brian Doran earned Silver Medals, while Colin Gay earned a Gold Medal.
NEW WAYS TO FOLLOW THE BLACK BEARS: In addition to following the Maine baseball team on www.GoBlackBears.com, you can also follow the Black Bear baseball team via facebook and twitter. Become a fan of UMaine Baseball on facebook and follow the Black Bears on twitter at www.twitter.com/
WATCH THE BEARS: Maine fans who can not make it to Mahaney Diamond can watch a stream of home games at www.goblackbears.com(.)