Maine Baseball Plays Tough, Falls to #24 Ranked Hurricanes

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. 

Maine got a run in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) tripled down the right field line and scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) grounded out. 

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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