CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team battled hard, but in the end fell to #24 Miami 6-2 on Tuesday night in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Maine falls to 6-7 on the season, while Miami improves to 11-2.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Alex San Juan reached on an error and scored when Brandon Lopez singled down the left field line. The Hurricanes added a run in the bottom of the second inning to extend their lead to 2-0. Ricky Eusebio doubled to left center field and scored on a passed ball.
Miami added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with four runs. Eusebio led off the inning with a single through the left side. He then stole second and advanced to third on an error. He scored the third run of the game for the Hurricanes on a passed ball. Alex Hernandez walked and Chantz Mack followed with a bunt single. Chris Barr walked to load the bases. Brad Fieger singled through the left side plating both Hernandez and Mack. San Juan reached on a fielder's choice. Fieger scored the fourth run of the inning when Lopez singled to right field.
Maine got a run in the top of the ninth inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled through the left side and Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) followed with a single through the left side. Balzano scored when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) grounded out.
Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned, on four hits. He struck out five Hurricane batters. Connolly falls to 1-2 on the season. He was replaced by Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) who allowed four runs, three of which were earned, in a third of an inning. Shaun Coughlin (Northford, Conn.) replaced Morrill. He did not allow a run the one inning that he pitched. Jake Marks (Scarnia, Ontario) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Black Bears.
Thomas Woodrey got the start for Miami. He went eight innings and allowed one run on three hits. He picks up the win and improves to 2-0. He was replaced by Frank Grandinette who allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday, March 6 when it faces Western Michigan in Port Charlotte, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM.
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Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.