Rollins edges UMaine for title

Posted March 16, 2009, at 1:03 a.m.

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Rollins College took advantage of a two-out error to score the eventual winning run in the top if the ninth inning Saturday as the Tars edged the University of Maine 6-5 to win the championship in the Rollins College Baseball Week Tournament at Harold Alfond Stadium.

The Black Bears advanced to the final after a 12-8 victory over Georgetown earlier Saturday.

Coach Steve Trimper’s team returns from its spring break trip with an 9-4 record and is 10-7 overall.

In the nightcap, a fielding error by second baseman Danny Menendez opened the door for Rollins.

Relief loser Kevin Scanlan (1-1) retired the first two batters in the inning, but Bryan Bennett reached on the miscue. Ryan Luker singled to center field and pinch runner Ryan Maddern scored on a single through the left side by Eugene Martinez.

The Bears had built a 5-0 advantage, but the Tars (16-9) erased it by scoring five runs in the sixth off Scanlan, including three hits and two walks after two were out.

Justin Yount’s two-run single and a two-run double by Taylor Ferguson spearheaded the Rollins uprising.

Kevin McAvoy of Brewer belted a solo home run, his third of the day, and a single to lead UMaine. George Tager stroked a two-run double in the fourth and Jarrett Lukas added an RBI double in the second.

Mark Hewett (2-1) worked four innings of two-hit shutout relief for the winners.

Bears starter Matt Jebb scattered six hits in five scoreless innings.

In Saturday’s first game, Justin Leisenheimer led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking home run and McAvoy later hit a three-run shot to lift UMaine to victory.

McAvoy also jacked a solo homer in the second and drew a bases-loaded walk for the Bears, who overcame three errors.

Lukas tripled and singled with an RBI and Billy Cather singled twice. Ian Leisenheimer and Joe Mercurio each knocked in two runs without benefit of a hit.

Alejandro Balsinde, the last of four UMaine pitchers, picked up the win while allowing one hit and no runs in 1¤ innings.

Greg Pustizzi paced Georgetown a double, a single and two RBIs.

UMaine is scheduled to inaugurate renovated Mahaney Diamond with a three-game set against Sacred Heart beginning Saturday.

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