VESTAL, N.Y. -- The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader at Binghamton on Saturday afternoon. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) led the Black Bears to a 3-0 victory in game one. Maine dropped the second game 7-1.
The Black Bears move to 14-20 on the season and 5-6 in America East play. Binghamton sees its record go to 11-19 overall, 5-8 in conference play.
The first game was a defensive battle the majority of the game. The two teams went to the top of the eighth inning scoreless. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) threw Binghamton's Bill Bereszniewic out at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to keep the game scoreless.
Maine struck first when senior Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) led off the eighth inning with a home run over the right field fence. It was the second home run of the season for Calbick, who finished the game 3-for-4. Doran drew a walk and Nick Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) followed with a single to left field later. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) drove home Doran with a RBI single, giving Maine the 2-0 lead.
The Black Bears added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled to center field.
Maine ace Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Mass.) was impressive in the victory, scattering just six hits over nine innings without allowing a run. He struck out seven batters in the complete game shutout and improves to 4-4 on the season.
Jack Rogalla got the start for the Bearcats and allowed two runs on nine hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out a pair and falls to 3-5 on the season. Jextin Pugh allowed one run in 1.1 innings in relief.
In the second game, the Black Bears fell to the Bearcats 7-1. Binghamton got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Zach Blandon doubled and scored when Jake Thomas singled through the left side.
Maine tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) belted a home run over the right field fence. For Black, it was his first home run of the season.
The Bearcats added three runs in the bottom of the third inning and three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bill Bereszniewic led off the third and singled to center field. He moved to third when Thomas singled and scored when Shaun McGraw doubled to left field. Reed Gamache drove home both runners with a double to left field.
In the fifth, Thomas walked and stole second. He scored when McGraw doubled down the left field line. Gamache followed and drew a walk. McGraw scored on a David Schanz sacrifice fly and Gamache scored the seventh run when Eddie Posavec doubled.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears in the second game. He went 2.1 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits to suffer the loss. He falls to 2-4 on the season. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) went two innings and allowed three runs on one hits. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) pitched the final two third of an inning and allowed just one hit.
Mike Urbanski went four innings in the start for Binghamton and allowed one run on three hits. He improves to 3-1 on the season. Greg Ostner pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
The two teams will finish their three game America East series on Sunday with a single game. First pitch has been moved to 12 noon in Vestal, N.Y.