Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) belted a triple with two outs in the ninth inning scoring Taylor Lewis (Montville. Conn.) from second base to tie the game at 6-6, but a pinch hit home run by Jeff Welsh in the top of the 12th inning gave Albany a 7-6 win in baseball on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears fall to 15-21 on the season and 5-5 in America East play. Albany improves to 14-20 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
Albany scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Nolan Gaige walked to lead off the top of the first inning. Kyle Crean and Josh Nethaway were each hit to load the bases. Pete DiResta followed with a single to center field, scoring both Gaige and Crean.
Maine got a run back in the bottom of the first. Taylor Lewis led off with a ground rule double that went over the center field fence. He moved to third on a Michael Fransoso sacrifice bunt and scored on a Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) sacrifice fly.
Maine took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Martin led off the inning with a triple to right field. He scored when Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village. N.Y.) singled to center field. Fran Whitten (Middleborough, Mass.). followed with a single through the right side. Justin Leisenheimer scored the second run of the inning when twin brother, Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) singled.
Albany tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Gaige had a bunt single and moved to second on an error. He advanced to third when Crean grounded out and scored when Nethaway grounded out.
The Great Danes then took a 6-3 lead with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Greg Muller singled up the middle and D.J. Hoagboon followed with a single to left field. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball. Joe Ilacqua followed with a two-run single to center field scoring both runners. He advanced to second on the throw and scored when Mike Tirri singled up the middle.
Maine answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Ian Leisenheimer was hit by a pitch. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) then pinch ran for Leisenheimer. Gay advanced to second when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to center field. Gay scored when Fransoso doubled to left field.
Maine tied the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth inning. Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) led off the inning and drew a walk. He was pinch run for by Eric White (Brewer, Maine). White advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored Lewis doubled to left field. Fransoso then tripled to center field plating Lewis from second base to tie the game at 6-6.
The game remained knotted at 6-6 until Jeff Welsh hit a pinch hit home run in the top of the 12th inning.
A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H) went 4.2 innings on the mound. He allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits. He struck out a pair of batters. He was replaced by Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) went 1.2 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits. He was replaced by Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn.) who went 2.2 innings. He allowed one run on a pair of hits while striking out two. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) pitched the final three innings. He allowed one run on one hit while striking out two. He picks up the loss and falls to 1-1 on the season.
Zach Kraham got the start on the mound for Albany. He went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out four batters. Greg Lutton pitched the next 2.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits. Kevin Cowan and Austin Chase each went two thirds of an inning. Ryan White pitched an inning allowing one hit. He picks up the win and improves to 2-3 on the sesaon. Matt Drybus pitched the bottom of the 12. He earned his second save.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday, April 27 when it travels to Old Orchard Beach, Maine to face Rhode Island. The game time has been moved up to 3:30 pm.