Maine Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Top-Ranked Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) pitched his third straight complete game while Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) belted a home run to lead the University of Maine baseball team to a 2-1 win over Stony Brook in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Black Bears dropped the second game 11-3.
Maine moves to 19-24 on the season with the split and 6-8 in America East play. Stony Brook improves to 26-15 overall, 12-4 on conference action.
In the first game, Maine took a 1-0 lead when Alex Calbick homered over the right field fence. For Calbick, it was his team-leading third home run of the season.
Maine added a run in the top of the fifth inning. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) singled to second base and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island). Morrill advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled through the left side.
Stony Brook pulled to within a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Courtney singled to right field, stole second base and scored when Casey Baker doubled down the right field line.
Lawrence was outstanding on the mound for the Black Bears and he pitched his third straight complete game. He allowed one run on eight hits while striking out seven batters. He improves to 6-4 on the season.
Frankie Vanderka went six innings for the Seawolves. He allowed two runs on seven hits. He falls to 2-4 on the season. Tim Knesnik pitched the final three innings for the Seawolves and allowed two hits.
In the second game, Stony Brook scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Robert Chavarria singled to right field and Kevin Krause was hit by a pitch. Kevin Courtney singled to load the bases. Chavarria and Krause both scored when Cole Peragine singled to right field. Courtney scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch. Casey Baker followed with a triple to left center scoring Peragine. Baker scored the fifth run of the inning when Johnny Caputo hit a sacrifice fly.
The Seawolves added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Parently singled to second base and advanced on a passed ball. He scored when Krause single through the left side. Krause scored when Peragine singled. Stony Brook extended its lead to 9-0 when Toby Handley doubled and scored on a Parenty sacrifice fly.
Maine got three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) led off the inning with a double to center field. Calbick followed with a single to center field and Heath scored on an error on the play. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) then doubled to left center and Calbick advanced to third base. Calbick scored the second run of the inning when Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) grounded out. Adam scored when Morrill reached on an error.
Stony Brook got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Courtney doubled to right center and scored when Baker singled to center. Baker scored when Caputo doubled to fight field.
Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) got the start for Maine and allowed five runs on five hits over one inning. He suffered the loss and falls to 3-5 on the season. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) allowed three runs on three hits over one inning. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) went the final four innings for the Black Bears. He allowed three runs on five hits.
Brandon McNitt got the start for Stony Brook and went six innings. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out seven and improves to 5-1 on the campaign. Nick Brass pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
The two teams finished their three game America East series on Sunday, May 4. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.