WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Matt Jebb and A.J. Bazdanes combined to scatter nine hits Tuesday as the University of Maine baseball team opened its Florida swing with a 10-3 victory over Duquesne.
Coach Steve Trimper’s weary Black Bears got a reprieve when the game time was moved back from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“We had a tough travel day,” Trimper said. “We were stranded in Philly [Monday]. We didn’t get in until 3:30 in the morning. It’s nice that the guys responded after going through some adversity like that.”
Jebb, a sophomore righthander, allowed seven hits and three runs through six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
“Matt Jebb did outstanding,” Trimper said. “He pitched over an error one time and he pitched out of a couple jams. He really had his pitches working.”
Bazdanes, a freshman righty making his collegiate debut, worked three innings of two-hit, shutout relief with six strikeouts and two walks to earn a save.
Redshirt freshman Ian Leisenheimer led UMaine’s 16-hit attack with four singles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Myckie Lugbauer plated three runs with a two-run home run and a single.
Tony Patane also roped a two-run homer and a single for the Bears (3-4). Justin Leisenheimer, Ian’s twin brother, added two singles and an RBI.
“We did a good job of timely hitting and we stole five bases,” Trimper said. “We really did a little bit of everything.”
Anthony Manley paced Duquesne of Pittsburgh (0-7) with two doubles and an RBI. Starter Grant Gillespie took the loss.
The Bears jumped in front by scoring three runs in the first inning. Danny Menendez singled with one out, stole second, then Billy Cather walked. Ian Leisenheimer singled to left to score the first run.
Cather and Ian Leisenheimer executed a double steal with two out. Cather scored on a wild pitch and Ian Leisenheimer came home on Justin Leisenheimer’s infield single.
UMaine made it 5-0 in the third when Menendez walked, Cather doubled and Ian Leisenheimer singled to center to plate the eventual winning run. Lugbauer followed with a run-scoring single.
Jarrett Lukas of Old Town made a clutch barehanded play on a slow roller to end a Duquesne rally in the sixth inning.
Patane hit a two-run shot in the eighth and Lugbauer belted a two-run job in the ninth to provide some breathing room for Bazdanes.
UMaine freshman infielder Kyle Stilphen of Pittston was taken to a local hospital after being hit in the face with a bad-hop ground ball in the third inning.
He emerged with a nose injury and a black eye, but is expected to bounce back quickly.
Sophomore lefthander Jonathan Balentina is the scheduled starter for today’s 4 p.m. game against Fairfield.