The University of Maine baseball team heads to the 2014 America East Tournament this week in Lowell, Massachusetts for the fifth straight season. Maine is the fourth seed in the upcoming tournament and will face top-ranked Stony Brook in the opening game. Hartford and Binghamton round out the field as the second and third seeds respectively.
SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) who is hitting .345 with 21 runs scored and 27 RBI. He has 12 doubles and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with four. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) is batting .324 with 29 runs scored and 25 RBI. He has 12 doubles and leads the team in stolen bases with 15. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts)is hitting .320 with 28 runs scored and 24 RBI. He leads the team in doubles with 16 and has 10 stolen bases. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) has a .311 batting average with 27 runs scored and 20 RBI. He has 15 doubles and three triples on the season. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) has a .300 batting average with 27 runs scored and 14 RBI. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) is batting .294 with 26 runs scored and 25 RBI. He has 11 doubles and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with four. Nick Bernardo (Albany, New York) is batting .272 with 14 runs scored. He has a pair of triples. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) is batting .270 with seven runs scored and 12 RBI. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, Rhode Island) is chipping in with a .217 average with 22 runs scored and 15 RBI.
The pitching staff is led by Tommy Lawrence (New Haven, Connecticut) who is 8-4 on the season with a 3.17 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 90 on the season in a team-high 96.2 innings. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Connecticut) is 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA. Jeff Gelinas is 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA, while Scott Heath is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is 3-1 with a 6.59 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, Pennsylvania) also has a victory on the season.
HEATH AND TRASK HONORED BY AMERICA EAST: Scott Heath was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday, while Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) was named the Co-Pitcher of the Week.
Heath had an amazing week for the Black Bears, hitting .529 with six runs scored and 11 RBI. He belted three home runs on the week and finished with a .579 on-base percentage and a 1.118 slugging percentage.
Heath went 7-for-8 with six runs scored and nine RBI in Maine's doubleheader sweep of UMBC on Friday. He had a grand slam and seven RBI in Maine's 17-0 win in the first game. He followed that up by hitting two home runs in the second game of the doubleheader. He also picked up a win on the mound in the second game. Heath allowed two runs on four hits in Maine's 8-4 victory.
Trask was named America East Co-Pitcher of the Week. He got his first career start on Senior Day and pitched an amazing 11.2 innings. Trask allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out four. Opponents hit just .171 against him in the game. Trask had pitched just 22 career innings prior to Sunday's start.
HEATH NAMED A COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Scott Heath was named one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week on Monday for his outstanding performance last week.
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 436-401-4 in his 15th season as a head coach. He has a record of 264-227-2 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 34th in the nation in strikeouts with 90.
HEATH LEADS MAINE TO DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OF UMBC: Junior Scott Heath went 7-for-8 with six runs scored and nine RBI in Maine's doubleheader sweep of UMBC Friday, May 16. Heath hit three home runs on the day, including a grand slam in the first game. He also picked up the victory on the mound in the second game for the Black Bears. Heath extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has hits in seven straight at-bats.
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.
LAWRENCE APPROACHING SINGLE SEASON STRIKEOUT LEADERS: Senior pitcher Tommy Lawrence is approaching the single season strikeouts leaders. Lawrence currently has 90 strikeouts on the season, tying him with Steve Richard for sixth place on Maine's all-time list.
HEATH HITTING STREAK ENDS AT 12 GAMES: Scott Heath saw his 12-game hitting streak end on Sunday when he was held without a hit in four at-bats.
WHAT A GAME FOR TRASK: Senior Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) got his first career start on Sunday, May 18 on Senior Day and had the performance of a lifetime. Trask pitched 11.2 innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. Unfortunately, Trask suffered the loss after surrending his second run of the game in the top of the 12th inning. Trask had pitched just 22 career innings prior to the game on Sunday.
FINISHING WHAT HE STARTS: Maine ace Tommy Lawrence has recorded a team-high five complete games on the season.
CALBICK AMONG DOUBLES LEADERS: Alex Calbick has 55 career doubles, which is three shy of tying Joe Drapeau for fifth place on Maine's career doubles list. Mark Sweeney holds the school record for doubles with 66.
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.
LAWRENCE AMONG SINGLE SEASON INNING LEADERS: Senior Tommy Lawrence is approaching the all-time single season leaders. Lawrence has pitched 96.2 inning this season, just 3.1 shy of 100 innings on the season. Last season, he finished with 104.2 innings.
STEALING 50: Senior Troy Black has stolen 52 career bases, the most of any current Black Bear.
50 HITS ALL FOUR YEARS: Alex Calbick scored his 50th run of the season on Tuesday, May 13 against Boston College. He has 50 or more hits in all four years as a Black Bear. He had 56 base hits as a freshman, 60 as a sophomore, 58 as a junior and has 55 through 51 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 14 home runs on the season. Alex Calbick and Scott Heath lead the way with four home runs apiece.
CALBICK AMONG ALL-TIME GAMES PLAYED LEADERS: Alex Calbick has played in 218 career games, three shy of tying Gary LaPierre for fifth place on Maine's all-time games played list.
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: Nine of Maine's 21 America East conference games this season have been decided by one run. In addition, Maine has played 16 one-run games this season and is 9-7 in those contests.
SCOUTING THE STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook is 33-16 on the season and finished 18-5 in America East play. The Seawolves won the 2014 regular season title. Stony Brook is led by Kevin Krause who is batting .344 with 42 runs scored and 46 RBI. He has 11 doubles and eight home runs. Kevin Courtney has a .340 batting average with 40 runs scored and 37 RBI. He has 13 doubles on the season. Robert Chavarria has a .301 average with 36 runs scored and 17 RBI. Cole Peragine has a .294 average with 31 runs scored and 35 RBI. He has four triples and 12 stolen bases on the season. Jack Parenty has a .280 average with 34 runs scored and 22 RBI. He has six doubles and 10 stolen bases. Joshua Mason is batting .255 with 19 runs scored and 12 RBI. Johnny Caputo has a .247 average with 13 runs scored and 21 RBI.
he pitching staff is led by Brandon McNitt who is 7-1 on the season with a 2.77 ERA. He has struck out 61 batters in 65 innings. Tyler Honahan is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA. He has 52 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Frankie Vanderka is 3-5 with a 3.21 ERA. He has 42 strikeouts in a team-high 70 innings.
tony Brook is coached by Matt Senk (Cortland '80), who is in his 24th season. He is assisted by associate head coach Joe Pennucci (Northern Colorado '02), Mike Marron (Holy Cross '05) and Dan Luisi (Post '10).
MAINE AND STONY BROOK ALL-TIME: Maine and Stony Brook have met 65 times with the Seawolves holding a 37-28 lead in the all-time series. Stony Brook won two of the three games played between the two teams this season. Tommy Lawrence pitched a compete game in the first game of the series, allowing one run on nine hits while striking out seven. Scott Heath led the offense as he hit .444 in the three games with two runs scored. Troy Black had five hits and two doubles in the series, while Alex Calbick went 4-for-10 and scored two runs.
SCOUTING THE HARTFORD HAWKS: Hartford enters tournament play as the second seed at 30-20 overall and 16-6 in the America East. The Hawks lead the league in pitching with a slim 2.97 ERA led by the top pitcher in the league, Sean Newcomb. Newcomb boasts a 1.36 ERA as he has allowed just 13 earned runs in 86.1 innings. Newcomb is 7-2 on the year in 13 starts with a league-high 92 strikeouts while he is holding opposing hitters to a .168 average. Sam McKay bolsters the Hawks bullpen as he is 6-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 17 appearances with 16 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. Kyle Gauthier is 4-0 on the hill with a 2.12 ERA in 13 appearances with five starts. Gauthier has struck out 26 hittesr in 46.2 innings. Brian Hunter has started 12 games and enters the tournament at 4-7 with a 3.87 ERA Hunter leads the Hawks with seven complete games and has struck out 60 opposing batters in 74.1 innings. Hartford's 320 strikeouts are tops in the league.
artford sits fifth in the league with a .250 average led by David MacKinnon's .357 mark. MacKinnon had scored 18 runs and ranks second on the team with 10 doubles while driving in 17. James Alfonso is hitting .305 and leads the team in hits (54) doubles (13) and is tied for the team-lead in home runs (5) and RBI (29). Brady Sheetz is the third Hawk hitting over .300 as he enters play at .302 and a team-high .415 on-base percentage. Sheetz has 51 hits, 10 doubles, with 26 runs and 26 RBI and has been hit by pitch 20 times. Ryan Lukach and Chris Deldebbio have each started all 50 games for the Hawks. Lukach is hitting .291 and leads the team with 34 runs scored and is tied for team-lead in home runs at five. DelDebbio is batting .251 with 48 hits and ranks second on the team with 31 runs scored.
artford is coached by Justin Blood (Franklin Pierce) who is in his third season. He is assisted by Steve Malinowski, Mike Nemeth and John Slusarz.
MAINE VS. HARTFORD: Maine and Hartford have played 117 times with the Black Bears holding a 86-31 lead in the all-time series. Maine is 0-3 on the year against Hartford, dropping a pair of 2-1 contests after falling 6-4 in the series opener back on April 6. Scott Heath leads all Black Bears' hitters against Hartford as he is hitting .429 against the Hawks (3-7) with a run scored in two games. Jonathan Salcedo is hitting .222 (2-9) with a pair of RBI in three contests while Brian Doran enters at .200 (2-10) with a run and two walks. Troy Black is batting .182 against the Hawks (2-11) with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases.
n the hill against Hartford, Jeff Gelinas went 7.0 innings of shutout ball, giving up just two hits in his no decision appearance with seven strikeouts. Shaun Coughlin is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA, tossing a 7-inning complete game while surrendering two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Tommy Lawrence picked up a no decision in his one start, going the full 9-innings while giving up four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON: The Binghamton Bearcats enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play No. 2 Hartford on Thursday, May 22. Binghamton finished the season 21-24 overall with an 11-12 America East record. The squad excelled at home during the season, going 9-5 at Varsity field while struggling on the road, going 12-18. The Bearcats led the conference during league play with a .281 team batting average, showing a penchant to get hits at key moments. Bill Berenszneiwicz comes into the tournament with an America East-best .366 batting average and is also tied for third on the team in runs batted in with 22. While the Bearcats don't threaten their opponents with long-ball power, Jake Thomas leads the team in home runs, wit six. Thomas is second on the team in RBI, while Daniel Nevares is the strongest run producer on the team, leading Binghamton with 34. The Bearcats will look to pitchers Jack Rogalla and Jake Cryts as the staff workhorses, as the duo logged the most time on the hill. Rogalla has pitched 82 innings while Cryts has gone 75.2. The tandem has been "middle of the pack" in America East as far as ERA is concerned, as Rogalla is ninth in the conference with a 3.29 mark, while Cryts is 11th with a 3.57. Meanwhile, Rogalla is in the conference's top-10 in strikeouts, ranking tied for fourth with Stony Brook's Brandon McNitt with 61. The Bearcats are lead out of the bullpen by Greg Ostner who has appeared in 18 games with an ERA of 2.58 and a 2-1 record. Ostner has, more-or-less, served as the team's closer, tallying four saves, and is ranked fourth in America East, tied with UMass Lowell pitcher, Nick Boutoures.
inghamton is coached by Tim Sinicki (Western Carolina '88) who is in his 22nd season. He is assisted by Ryan Hurba, Dustin Johnson and Ed Foli.
MAINE VS. BINGHAMTON: Maine and Binghamton have met 52 times with the Black Bears holding a 29-23 lead in the all-time series. Binghamton won two of the three games played between the two teams last season. The two teams met for the 2013 America East Championship and Binghamton earned a 4-0 win in the title game a year ago.
inghamton got the best of the Black Bears this season, going 2-1 against Maine in the only three-game series of the year. The Black Bears took the first game with a 3-0 win on April 19, the first game of the double header, while the Bearcats went on to outscore Maine 15-3 in the remaining two games. Binghamton defeated the Black Bears 7-1 on the back end of the double header and then defeated Mean 8-2 on the final day of the series on April 20.
awrence twirled a gem in the first game pitching a full nine innings, striking out seven and allowing just six hits and no runs. Meanwhile, Jonathan Salcedo sparked an offense that scored just six runs through three games as he had two RBI during the series. Alex Calbick had the best series at the plate for Maine as he earned a .455 batting average, registering five hits during 11 at bats and recorded one RBI.
200 HITS: Alex Calbick reached the 200 hit plateau earlier this season. Calbick has 224 career hits. Classmates Troy Black and Colin Gay are just behind him. Black has 220 career hits, while Gay has 206 hits in his career.
200 GAMES PLAYED: Alex Calbick has played in 218 career games, making 216 starts in his career. Colin Gay has played in 214 career games.
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 4/25/14 vs. NYIT
Shaun Coughlin 9 4/25/14 vs. NYIT
Scott Heath 8 2/15/14 vs. Miami
Jeff Gelinas 7 4/7/14 vs. Hartford
Logan Fullmer 7 4/29/14 vs. UMPI
Luke Morrill 5 4/27/14 vs. NYIT
Steve Trask 4 5/18/14 vs. UMBC
Charlie Butler 3 (5 times) last 4/27/14 vs. NYIT
Burk FitzPatrick 3 (4 times) last 4/8/14 vs. Thomas
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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