The University of Maine baseball team takes its four-game winning streak to Binghamton this weekend for a three-games series against the Bearcats. Maine enters play this weekend with a mark of 13-19 overall, 4-5 in conference play. Binghamton is 10-18 overall, 4-7 in America East action.
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario), who is hitting .353 with 18 runs scored and 17 RBI. He has eight doubles and nine stolen bases. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) is chipping in with a .346 average with 10 runs scored and six RBI. He has eight doubles on the season. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) is batting .313 with 20 runs scored and 15 RBI. He leads the team in double with 12. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) has a .297 average with 15 runs scored and 11 RBI. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) is hitting .280 with 16 runs scored and seven RBI. He has six stolen bases. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) has a .250 average with 16 runs scored and 15 RBI. He has five doubles on the season. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) is hitting .243 with 11 runs scored and nine RBI. Shane Bussey has a .237 average with 15 runs scored and nine RBI.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) is 3-4 with a 4.61 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 56 on the season. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) is 2-3 on the season with a 3.43 ERA. Scott Heath is 2-2 on the season with a 5.01 ERA. He recorded a victory over #13 Miami earlier this year. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) is 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA.
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 426-393-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 254-219-2 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.
ONE RUN CONFERENCE GAMES: Seven of Maine's nine America East conference games this season have been decided by one run. In addition, the Black Bears have played five straight one run games.
SCOUTING THE BINGHAMTON BEARCATS: Binghamton is 10-18 on the season and 4-7 in America East play. The Bearcats are led by Bill Bereszniewicz who is hitting .336 with 22 runs scored and 13 RBI. He has seven doubles to go along with three triples and 12 stolen bases. Reed Gamache is batting .310 with 12 runs scored and 14 RBI. He has six doubles on the season. Jake Thomas has a .292 average with 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. He leads the team in home runs with four. Daniel Nevares is batting .263 with 16 runs scored and 12 RBI. Eddie Posavec is batting .258 with nine runs scored and eight RBI.
he pitch staff is led by Jack Rogalla who is 3-4 with a 2.38 ERA. He has struck out 41 batters in 53 innings. Jake Cryts is 2-4 with a 4.08 ERA. Mike Urbanski is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA Mike Bunai is 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA. He leads the team in saves with two.
inghamton is coached by Tim Sinicki (Western Carolina '88) who is in his 22nd season. He is assisted by Ryan Herba, Ed Folli and Dustin Johnson.
MAINE AND BINGHAMTON: Maine and Binghamton have met 49 times with the Black Bears holding a 28-21 lead in the all-time series. The team played eight times last season with the Black Bears winning five of the eight games. The Bearcats won two of the three games in the America East Championship game, including the title game 4-0.
APPROACHING 200: Maine has three players approaching the 200 hit plateau. Alex Calbick currently has 195 career hits, while Troy Black is just behind him with 193. Colin Gay has recorded 183 career hits.
NEARING 200 GAMES PLAYED: Alex Calbick has played in 197 career games, making 195 starts in his career.
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(.)