Maine sweeps Penn

Posted March 09, 2009, at 10:16 p.m.

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Solid pitching set the tone Monday as the University of Maine swept a baseball doubleheader from the University of Pennsylvania at Alfond Stadium.

Sophomore starters Matt Jebb and Kevin Scanlan each worked seven innings in their starts as the Black Bears won the first game 5-2 and took the second game 9-5.

Senior Alejandro Balsinde finished the last two innings of both games for UMaine, which improved to 7-5 with its third straight victory and its sixth in the last seven contests.

In the opener, redshirt freshman Ian Leisenheimer delivered a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error to highlight a three-run seventh inning that gave UMaine the win.

Jebb (2-0) allowed seven hits and two runs before giving way to Balsinde, who worked two scoreless innings to get the save.

Leisenheimer also hit an RBI triple and scored on a Myckie Lugbauer groundout in the Bears’ two-run fourth inning.

Leisenheimer added a single to spark the Bears’ 12-hit attack. Billy Cather singled twice and scored two runs, while Danny Menendez and Tony Patane posted two singles each.

Leisenheimer leads UMaine with a .500 average (15-for-30) with one homer, 10 RBIs, a .767 slugging percentage and a .516 on-base percentage.

The Bears also turned three double plays.

Tom Grandieri paced Penn with a two-run double in the third inning.

In Game 2, Scanlan spread out four hits and four runs in his first start of the season. The sophomore lefthander had pitched a scoreless inning Sunday in his first appearance of the spring.

UMaine backed its pitchers with another 12-hit attack. Cather singled three times and knocked in two runs, while Kevin McAvoy of Brewer belted a two-run home run and a double.

George Tager added a double, a single, two RBIs and two runs scored while Patane provided two singles and an RBI.

Jeremy Maas plated three runs with a homer, a double and a single for Penn, which committed seven errors in the doubleheader. Adrian Lorenzo smacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Leading 5-4, the Bears scored the eventual winning run in the fifth. Lugbauer drew a leadoff walk and McAvoy followed with a two-run shot to left.

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