The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with Stony Brook in games played at Adelphi University on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears picked up a 7-3 win in the first game, but dropped the second one 7-0. Maine moves to 10-19 on the season with the split and 1-3 in America East action. The Seawolves improve to 19-8 on the campaign and 3-1 in conference play.
In the first game, Maine took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) was hit and Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) singled up the middle. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Martin scored when Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) grounded out. Lewis scored the second run of the inning when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) hit a RBI single.
Maine added three more runs in the top of the second inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singed up the middle and Mike Conolly (Middleborough, Mass.) followed with a single. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) had a bunt single to advance both runners. Martin hit a two-run singled scoring both Black and Connolly. Fransoso scored when Patzalek grounded out.
Stony Brook got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Maxx Tissenbaum walked and scored when Travis Jankowski singled to third base. The Seawolves added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull to within a pair of runs. Chad Marshall and William Carmona had back-to-back singles up the middle. Tissenbaum followed with a double scoring Marshall. Carmona scored when Stephen Marino grounded out.
The Black Bears countered with a run in the top of the sixth. Fransoso singled up the middle and advanced to second on a Martin sacrifice bunt. He moved to third when Lewis grounded out and scored when Patzalek singled up the middle. It was the third RBI of the game for Patzalek.
Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) led off the top of the seventh inning with a homer to left field to extend Maine's lead to 7-3.
Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) pitched the complete game for the Black Bears. He allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out five. He improves to 3-2 on the season.
Frankie Vanderka went just one inning in the start for Stony Brook. He allowed five runs on seven hits. He falls to 2-2 on the season. He was replaced by James Campbell who pitched the final six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five.
In the second game, Stony Brook jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Marshall was hit-by-a-pitch and Carmona followed with a double. Both runners scored on a Tissenbaum single.
The Seawolves added five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joshua Mason led off the inning with a double to left field. Cantwell reached on a fielder's choice. Marshall followed with a single and Cantwell moved to second. Carmona hit a two-run double scoring Cantwell and Marshall. Tissenbaum then doubled and Carmona scored. Marino followed and belted a home run, extending Stony Brook's lead to 7-0.
Justin Leisenheimer led the Black Bears with a pair of hits in the game.
Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn.) went five innings on the mound. He allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out three. He falls to 1-1 on the season. He was replaced by D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) pitched the eighth. He did not allow a hit.
Brandon McNitt went seven innings and allowed just five hits. He struck out five batters and improves to 3-1 on the season. He was replaced by Evan Stecko-Haley. Stecko-Haley went two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, April 16 when they travel to Hartford for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.