The University of Maine baseball team hits the road for an America East series at Stony Brook this weekend. Maine enters play this weekend with a mark of 18-23 overall, 5-7 in America East play. Stony Brook is 25-14 overall, 11-3 in conference action.
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) who is hitting .327 with 20 runs scored and 16 RBI. He has 13 doubles and three triples on the season. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts) is hitting .321 with 24 runs scored and 18 RBI. He leads the team in doubles with 15. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) has a .315 average with 25 runs scored and 20 RBI. He has eight doubles and leads the team in stolen bases with 13. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) is batting .312 with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI. He has nine doubles. Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) has a .281 average with eight runs scored. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) is hitting .280 with 18 runs scored and 21 RBI. He has seven doubles and two home runs. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) is chipping in with a .276 average with 18 runs scored and eight RBI. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Florida) has a .250 average with 18 runs scored and 13 RBI. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island) is batting .226 with 16 runs scored and 11 RBI.
The pitching staff is led by Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) who is 5-4 on the season with a 3.59 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 77 on the season in a team-high 77.2 innings. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) is 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA, while Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) is 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is 3-1 with a 6.59 ERA. Scott Heath is chipping in with a mark of 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA. Charlie Butler (Middleborough, Massachusetts) is 1-4 with a team-high five saves on the season. He has a 2.10 ERA. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) is 0-2 with a 1.93 ERA. He has a pair of saves as well. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) also has a victory on the season.
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 427-396-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 255-222-2 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).
LAWRENCE AE PITCHER OF WEEK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK: Tommy Lawrence was named the America East Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week last Monday. He pitched his second consecutive complete game shutout in Maine's 1-0 win over NYIT last weekend. He struck out a career-high 14 batters in the outing.
OH K: Tommy Lawrence struck out a career-high 14 batters in Maine's 1-0 win over NYIT on April 25. He fanned the 14 batters in a seven inning game. The Maine record for batters struck out in a game is 17 set in a nine inning game. Billy Swift accomplished the feat in 1984 and Jeff Plympton equaled it in 1986. Shaun Coughlin tied his career-high with nine strikeouts in the second game of the doubleheader with NYIT.
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.
HITTING THE LONG BALL: After hitting just four home runs in their first 34 games, the Black Bears hit home runs in four straight games April 19 - 22. Nick Bernardo homered against Holy Cross, while Jonathan Salcedo, Troy Black and Alex Calbick all hit home runs at Binghamton. Maine has nine home runs on the season, as Scott Heath belted one on Tuesday in Maine's game against UMPI.
ONE RUN CONFERENCE GAMES: Seven of Maine's 12 America East conference games this season have been decided by one run. In addition, Maine has played 14 one-run games this season and is 8-6 in those contests.
FIELDING THE BALL: Maine has a pair of players in Sam Balzano and Nick Bernardo who have each had over 60 fielding chances without committing an error. Balzano has had 66 chances without making an error, while Bernardo has fielded 63 chances perfectly.
SCOUTING THE STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook is 25-14 on the season and 11-3 in America East play. The Seawolves are led by Robert Chavarria who is batting .333 with 28 runs scored and 16 RBI. Kevin Krause is also hitting .333 with 27 runs scored and 32 RBI. Kevin Courtney has a .327 average with 29 runs scored and 33 RBI. He has 11 doubles on the campaign. Jack Parenty is batting .271 with 27 runs scored and 19 RBI. Johnny Caputo has a .256 average with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI. Joshua Mason is batting .250 with 14 runs scored and 11 RBI, while Cole Peragine is chipping in with a .248 batting average. He has 23 runs scored and 24 RBI and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 10.
The pitching staff is led by Tyler Honahan, who is 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA. Brandon McNitt is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA. Tim Knesnik and Ryley MacEachern are each 3-1 on the season. Knesnik has a 2.72 ERA, while MacEachern's ERA is 3.71. Cameron Stone is 1-2 with a 1.71 ERA. He leads the team in saves with seven.
Stony Brook is coached by Matt Senk (Cortland State '80), who is in his 24th season. He is assisted by Joe Penucci (Northern Colorado '02), Mike Marron (Holy Cross '05) and Dan Luisi (Post '10).
MAINE AND STONY BROOK: Maine and Stony Brook have met 62 times with the Seawolves holding a 35-27 lead in the all-time series. Maine won six of the eight meetings between the two schools last year, including defeating Stony Brook twice in the America East Tournament.
200 HITS: Alex Calbick recently reached the 200 hit plateau. Calbick has 208 career hits. Classmates Troy Black and Colin Gay are just behind him. Black has 199 career hits, while Gay has 193 hits in his career.
200 GAMES PLAYED: Alex Calbick has played in 206 career games, making 204 starts in his career. Colin Gay needs just one more game to reach the milestone, as he enters play this weekend with 199 career games.
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
MAINE PITCHERS FANNING BATTERS:
Name Career High K Date
Tommy Lawrence 14 4/25 vs. NYIT
Shaun Coughlin 9 4/25 vs. NYIT
Scott Heath 8 2/15 vs. Miami
Jeff Gelinas 7 4/7 vs. Hartford
Charlie Butler 3 (5 times) last 4/27 vs. NYIT
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, 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.
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