Wagner outlasts UMaine

Posted March 27, 2009, at 9:50 p.m.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Brian Martutartus stroked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday afternoon, helping Wagner College earn a 5-4 baseball victory over the University of Maine at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

The Black Bears (12-10) collected 12 hits in all, but were unable to get enough clutch hits to overcome the Seahawks. UMaine stranded eight baserunners.

The teams are scheduled to play a noon doubleheader today and a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.

Kevin Scanlan (1-3), a sophomore lefthander, had another lackluster start. He allowed eight hits and four earned runs, walking four, in 4ª innings.

Wagner (8-6) erased a 3-2 deficit in the fifth against Scanlan. Damian Csakai led off with a single and stole second after one was out.

Scanlan fanned Joe Jamison for the second out, but Jack Rice followed with an RBI single. Scanlan then walked Chris Drechsel and Tommy Higgins to load the bases, setting the stage for Martutartus’ game-winner.

Sophomore lefty Jonathan Balentina kept UMaine in contention with 3¤ innings of three-hit, shutout relief. He struck out three.

However, Wagner utilized the services of five different pitchers while holding the Bears’ offense in check. The Seahawks four relievers teamed up to allow only two hits and no runs in the last three innings.

UMaine threatened to tie the game in the ninth when Tony Patane led off with a double down the line in left. However, Billy Cather flied out and Patane was erased on a fielder’s choice grounder back to the pitcher by Danny Menendez.

Andrew Huebner then induced Myckie Lugbauer to ground out, earning his second save.

Menendez singled three times to lead UMaine. Patane doubled twice, while Taylor Lewis singled twice, each posting an RBI.

Jared Gruccio hit three singles to pace Wagner, while Jack Rice singled twice and drove in a pair of runs.

UMaine took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Ian Leisenheimer opened with a single and Kevin McAvoy of Brewer singled one out later and stole second before Jarrett Lukas of Old Town and Lewis hit RBI singles.

Wagner tallied single runs in the second and third, but the Bears went back in front in the fifth. Lewis led with an infield single, but was picked off by the catcher.

Patane followed with a double to left, took third on a Cather single to left and scored on a single by Menendez. Lugbauer grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Down 5-3, the Bears scored again in the sixth. Justin Leisenheimer singled with one out, McAvoy reached on an error and Lukas beat out an infield hit to load the bases.

One out later, Wagner starter Kyle Morrison (4-1) walked Patane to force in a run, but then induced Cather to fly out.

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