Maine Baseball Finds Offense, Beats UMPI

ORONO, Maine --   The University of Maine baseball team cruised by UMaine Presque Isle 21-3 on Tuesday night at Mahaney Diamond. Maine improves to 26-17 with the victory. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.), Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.), Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia), Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) all had three hits in the game.

Maine took a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Gay doubled and Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) followed and drew a walk. Both runners advanced a pair of bases on passed balls. Balzano scored the second run of the inning when Fransoso hit a sacrifice fly. Calbick singled to center field. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) followed with a doubled, putting runners on second and third. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) drove home Calbick with a double. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) then doubled, driving in both Doran and White. Whitten homered over the right field fence, plating Heath ahead of him.
UMPI scored a run in the top of the second inning. Anthony Batchelder singled, advanced on an error and scored on a ground out.
Maine added a run in the bottom of the third inning. White was hit and scored when Bussey singled to right field. Gay then tripled to left center, sending Bussey around from first base.
UMPI added a run in the top of the fifth inning. Shane Smith singled and scored on a ground out.
White led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and scored on a passed ball. Bussey walked and then scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch. Gay singled and scored when Fransoso singled to left field.

Maine added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Heath walked and White was hit. Both runners scored when Bussey doubled to left field.

The Black Bears tacked on seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) drew a walk and Fransoso singled. Calbick drew a walk to load the bases. Brendan Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice and Silva scored. Heath doubled to right field and Fransoso scored. Whitten singled to left field sending Geary home. Bussey singled to right field and Heath scored. Garrett Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) was hit to load the bases once again. Silva doubled to left field driving in Whitten and Bussey. Fransoso singled to sending Bernardo home.
UMPI capped the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth inning.

Maine used six pitchers in the game. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went three innings to pick up the win. He improves to 2-3. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) allowed one run in two innings. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.), Charlie Butler (Middleborough, Mass.) and Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) all pitched a scoreless inning, while Steve Trask (Saco, Maine) allowed one run.
Maine returns to action when it hosts UMaine Farmington on Wednesday, May 1 at 5 PM.
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