Baseball Clinches America East Berth With 7-0 Win Over Albany

 

Baseball Clinches America East Berth With 7-0 Win Over Albany

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine baseball team clinched a berth in the 2014 America East Tournament with a 7-0 victory over Albany on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts) led the Maine offense with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. 

Maine improves to 21-26 on the season with the win and 8-10 in America East play. Albany falls to 10-32 overall, 5-16 in conference action. 

Maine stuck first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the inning and walked. He stole second base and scored on a Gay doubled to left field. Gay moved to third on a balk and scored when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled to right field. Heath scored the third run of the inning when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled to center field.
Maine added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Doran led off the inning with a double to right field and moved to third base when Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) singled to right field. Doran scored on an error of a failed pick off attempt of Bernardo. Salcedo was hit and scored the second run of the inning when Balzano reached on an infield single. 

Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Massachusetts) walked and Salcedo followed with a single to right field. Geary scored on a wild pitch and Salcedo scored when Gay singled. 

Scott Heath got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) replaced Heath on the mound. Coughlin went five innings and allowed just one hit to earn the win. He improves to 4-5 on the season.  
 
Joey Moore started the game on the hill for the Great Danes. He went 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings. He suffered the loss and falls to 0-1 on the season. Ryan Stinar replaced Moore. Stinar went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits. 

Maine returns to action on Tuesday, May 13 when it hosts Boston College at Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Black Bears return to Mahaney Diamond when they host UMBC for a three-game series on May 16 and 17. 



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