Heath and Lawrence Named to America East First Team
LOWELL, Mass. -- University of Maine baseball standouts Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine), as a designated hitter, were each named to the America East First Team on Wednesday night at the 2014 Tournament Awards barbecue. In addition, Heath earned a spot on the Second Team as a first baseman, while Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) was honored as a Second Team outfielder. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) earned a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team.
Lawrence was a unanimous selection to the America East First Team as a starting pitcher. He went 8-4 during the regular season with a 3.17 ERA. Lawrence led the Black Bears in innings pitched with 96.2 and also in strikeouts, fanning 90 batters on the season. The 90 strikeouts ranks tied for sixth most in a single season in Maine history. He led the team in complete games with five on the season and also recorded a pair of shutouts. Lawrence struck out a career-high 14 batters in a seven inning victory over NYIT on April 25.
Heath, the reigning America East Player of the Week, picked up the rare honor of being named to both the America East First Team and the America East Second Team. Heath started 15 games as Maine's designated hitter and 23 games at first base. In addition, he started eight games on the mound for the Black Bears. He led Maine with a .345 batting average with 21 runs scored and 27 RBI. He had 12 doubles and tied for the team-lead in home runs with four. Heath had a .520 slugging percentage and a .406 on-base percentage.
In addition to America East Player of the Week honors, Heath was one of five Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week this past week. In a doubleheader sweep of UMBC last Friday, Heath went 7-for-8 with six runs scored and nine RBI in the two games. He had a grand slam in the first game and followed that up with two home runs in the second game.
Gay hit .320 of the Black Bears his senior season with 28 runs scored and 24 RBI. He had 16 doubles on the season to go along with 10 stolen bases. Gay finished tied for second on the team in total bases with 78. He had a pair of four-hit games on the season for the Black Bears. He reached base in 20 straight games at one point during the season and has currently reached in eight straight.
Gelinas was an All-Rookie selection as a pitcher. He finished 3-4 on the season with a 3.86 ERA. Gelinas fanned 35 batters in 51.1 innings on the season, which tied for third most on the team. He picked up wins against Florida Atlantic, UMass Lowell and NYIT on the season. He pitched seven scoreless innings against Hartford on April 7 in which he struck out a career-high seven batters. He also allowed just one run on two hits over 5.2 innings against Stony Brook on May 4.
The Black Bears return to action on Thursday, May 22 when they face Stony Brook in the first game of the 2014 America East Tournament.