Quinn, Bears salvage split

Posted March 30, 2009, at 11:28 p.m.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Freshman righthanders Pat Quinn and A.J. Bazdanes combined on a four-hitter Monday evening as the University of Maine salvaged a split of its doubleheader against Wagner College with a 6-2 victory at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

Wagner won the opener 9-6.

In Monday’s second game, the Black Bears used a five-run fourth inning to gain the upper hand and claim the victory.

Starter Quinn (2-0) scattered four hits and two runs through 4ª innings before Bazdanes no-hit the Seahawks for the final 2¤ to notch his second save.

UMaine trailed 2-0 when it chased Wagner starter Jack Rice (0-2) in the fourth. Ian Leisenheimer started the rally with a leadoff double and scored after consecutive singles by Justin Leisenheimer and Kyle Stilphen of Pittston.

Stilphen returned to action after missing a month with a broken nose and a broken orbital bone around his left eye suffered on a bad-hop grounder in Florida.

George Tager advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, before Joe Mercurio delivered a run-scoring single and a second run scored on an error. Tony Patane rapped an RBI single and Danny Menendez stroked a run-producing double.

Patane went 3-for-4 with three singles and was 4-for-8 in the doubleheader. Menendez added a single and Mercurio also had another single.

Jared Gruccio led Wagner with two singles.

UMaine plays at Bryant University in North Smithfield, R.I., in a single, nine-inning game scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday’s scheduled game at Yale was canceled because the Bulldogs must make up a rained out Ivy League series at Cornell.

In Game 1, the Seahawks touched up Bears starter Matt Jebb (3-1) for nine hits and seven runs in only 3ª innings.

Wagner scored five times in the first inning and never relinquished the lead on a chilly, blustery day.

Jon Lucas hit a three-run home run to highlight Wagner’s first-inning uprising. The hosts piled up 12 hits and wound up leaving 11 runners on base.

Billy Cather paced UMaine with three singles and an RBI. Danny Menendez doubled and knocked in two runs.

Matt Logan posted a double and two singles with three RBIs for the Seahawks behind winner Matt Watson (2-1). Four Wagner relievers combined to limit the Bears to one hit and no runs over the last four innings.

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