The University of Maine baseball team hosts UMBC in the final weekend of the 2014 regular season. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 PM, with a single game on Saturday at 1 PM. Before the game on Saturday, Maine will honor its eight seniors. Friday following the game there will be post-game fireworks.
HONORING MAINE'S SENIORS: Prior to the game on Saturday, Maine will honor seniors Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York), Steve Trask (Saco, Maine), Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts), Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario), Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut), Kyle Silva (Fall River, Massachusetts), Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut).
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) who is hitting .324 with 15 runs scored and 18 RBI. He has 12 doubles. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) is batting .320 with 27 runs scored and 22 RBI. He has 12 doubles and leads the team in stolen bases with 14. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts)is hitting .317 with 26 runs scored and 23 RBI. He leads the team in doubles with 16 and has nine stolen bases. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) has a .306 batting average with 25 runs scored and 17 RBI. He has 14 doubles and three triples on the season. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) has a .302 batting average with 23 runs scored and 14 RBI. Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) is batting .300 with 13 runs scored. He has a pair of triples. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) is batting .284 with 21 runs scored and 24 RBI. He leads the team with four home runs on the season. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island) is chipping in with a .234 average with 21 runs scored and 14 RBI.
The pitching staff is led by Tommy Lawrence (New Haven, Connecticut) who is 7-4 on the season with a 3.38 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 88 on the season in a team-high 90.2 innings. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) is 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA. Jeff Gelinas is 3-4 with a 3.72 ERA, while Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is 3-1 with a 6.59 ERA. Scott Heath is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA. Charlie Butler is 1-5 with a team-high five saves on the season. He has a 2.70 ERA. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) is 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA. He has a pair of saves as well. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, ennsylvania) 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 434-400-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 262-226-2 with the Black Bears. He is assisted by Nick Derba (Manhattan '07) and J.P. Pyne (St. Joseph's '01).
LAWRENCE AMONG NATIONAL STRIKEOUT LEADERS: Headed into play this week, Tommy Lawrence ranks tied for 21st in the nation in strikeouts with 88.
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.
COUGHLIN NAMED AMERICA EAST PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Maine senior pitcher Shaun Coughlin was named the America East Pitcher of the Week on Monday, May 12. Coughlin came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless inning in a shutout of Albany on Sunday afternoon. He allowed just one hit in the game. It is the third time in four weeks that Maine has had the America East Pitcher of the Week.
LAWRENCE APPROACHING SINGLE SEASON STRIKEOUT LEADERS: Senior pitcher Tommy Lawrence is approaching the single season strikeouts leaders. Lawrence currently has 80 strikeouts on the season, 20 shy of the school record, but just two shy of tying Steve Richard for sixth place on the single season list.
HEATH HAS HITS IN 10 STRAIGHT: Scott Heath has had at least one base his in 10 straight games, the longest streak on the Maine team this season. Sam Balzano is currently second on the team, having hit in six straight games.
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.
STEALING 50: Senior Troy Black stole his 50th career base in Maine's 7-0 win over Albany on May 11.
50 HITS ALL FOUR YEARS: Alex Calbick scored his 50th run of the season on Tuesday, May 13 against Boston College, He had 56 base hits as a freshman, 60 as a sophomore, 50 as a junior and has 50 through 48 games 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 11 home runs on the season, with Alex Calbick leading the way with four.
SCORE FOUR: Maine's Nick Bernardo scored a career-high four runs in Maine's 12-3 win over Boston College on Tuesday at Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.
ONE RUN CONFERENCE GAMES: Eight of Maine's 18 America East conference games this season have been decided by one run. In addition, Maine has played 15 one-run games this season and is 9-6 in those contests.
SCOUTING THE UMBC RETRIEVERS: UMBC is led by Hunter Dolshun who is hitting .315 with 17 runs scored and 22 RBI. He has three home runs. Mark Esposito is .303 with a 17 runs scored and 17 RBI. Jake Barnes is hitting .263 with 24 runs scored and 27 RBI. Andrew Casali is batting with 26 runs scored 14 RBI. Kevin Lachance has a .257 average with 30 runs scored and 12 RBI.
Mac Gill is 1-6 on the season with a 5.46 ERA. He has 16 strikeouts in a team-high 56 innings. Riley Stephenson is 2-6 with a 5.80 ERA. He has pitched 54.1 innings this season.
UMBC is coached by Bob Mumma (UMBC '94) who is in his '94) who is in his third season. He is assisted by Liam Bowen, Larry Williams and Tom O'Brien.
MAINE AND UMBC ALL-TIME: Maine and UMBC have met 43 times with the Black Bears holding a 37-6 lead in the all-time series. UMBC won two of the three games played between the two teams earlier this season in Baltimore.
200 HITS: Alex Calbick recently reached the 200 hit plateau. Calbick has 214 career hits. Classmates Troy Black and Colin Gay are just behind him. Black has 207 career hits, while Gay has 201 hits in his career.
200 GAMES PLAYED: Alex Calbick has played in 213 career games, making 211 starts in his career. Colin Gay has played in 206 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.
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(.)