ORONO, Maine – Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) went 7-for-8 with nine RBI and six runs scored to lead the University of Maine baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of UMBC on Friday afternoon in Orono, Maine. He hit three home runs on the day, including a grand slam in the first game. In addition, Heath picked up the victory on the mound in the second game.
Maine won the first game 17-0, before taking the second game 8-4. The Black Bears improves to 24-26 on the season and 10-10 in America East play. UMBC falls to 16-29 overall, 6-17 in conference action.
In the first game, Maine took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) homered over the left field fence. For Black, it was his second home run of the season.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning with five runs. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) singled to center field and Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) followed with a single to left field. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) then singled to right field to load the bases. Heath cleared the bases on his first swing with a home run high over the right field fence. For Heath, it was his second home run of the season. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) then doubled to right field. Black followed with a single. Calbick scored the sixth run of the inning when Doran singled. Maine had seven consecutive hits during the inning.
Balzano singled, stole second and scored on a Heath hit in the fourth. Heath scored the eighth run of the game when Calbick doubled off the right center field fence. Calbick scored when Doran singled to center field, giving Maine a 9-0 lead after four innings.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Heath had a two-run single scoring Morrill and Balzano. For Heath, it was his sixth and seventh RBI of the game. He finished the game two RBI shy of tying the school record for RBI in a game of nine set in 1986 by Billy Reynolds.
The Black Bears added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) singled and Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island) drew a walk. Morrill followed with a home run over the right center field fence. For Morrill, it was his first career home run.
Maine continued to add to its lead in the seventh inning. Heath and Calbick drew back-to-back walks. Black then singled to load the bases. Heath scored on a wild pitch and Calbick scored when Patrick Coughlin (Cambridge, Ontario) hit a sacrifice fly. Black scored the third run of the inning when Morrill singled.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) went six innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He allowed just five hits while striking out a pair. Lawrence improves to 8-4 on the season and now has 90 strikeouts. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season.
In the second game, Heath picked up where he left off in the first game, belting a home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the first inning.
UMBC answered back in the top of the second inning. Hunter Dolshun walked Jake Barnes singled to center field. Dolshun scored when D.J. Smith singled. Barnes scored the second run of the inning on a squeeze play.
Maine tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning. Doran led off the inning with a double down the right line. He moved to third on a ground out by Bernardo and scored on a squeeze play when Salcedo laid down a bunt.
Maine grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Gay was hit and Heath singled to right field. Gay scored when Black hit a sacrifice fly. Doran drove in Heath with a single to right field. Calbick and Doran each scored on wild pitches.
The Black Bears continued to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Heath led off the inning with his third home run of the day. Calbick followed with a double to left field and scored when Black singled to right field.
Mark Esposito homered in the top of the sixth inning for the Retrievers as they pulled to within five runs at 8-3. Andrew Casali had an inside the park home run in the top of the seventh inning to make it an 8-4 final.
Heath got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went four innings. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three batters. He improves to 3-2 on the season. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) relieved Heath. Gelinas allowed two runs on three hits over three innings to earn his first save of the season.
Riley Stephenson got the start on the mound in game two for the Retrievers. He went three innings and allowed six runs on four hits. He falls to 2-7 on the season. Jonny Dierks allowed two runs in an inning of relief. Stephen Chrzanowski pitched the final two inning for the Retrievers.
Maine plays its regular season final on Saturday, May 17 when the Black Bears host UMBC. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM. Continue to check www.goblackbears.com for any additional updates due to the weather.