ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine belted six home runs among 25 hits Saturday, paving the way to a convincing doubleheader sweep of Iona College at Mahaney Diamond.
Freshman Kyle Stilphen of Pittston hit his first collegiate homer in the Black Bears’ 17-12 victory in the first game, then added another in UMaine’s 14-4 triumph in the second game.
Coach Steve Trimper’s team improved to 16-12 heading into today’s 1 p.m. series finale.
In the first game, the Bears built a commanding 14-run lead and then withstood a nine-run, ninth-inning rally by the Gaels.
Jarrett Lukas of Old Town led the UMaine offense with a double, two singles and four RBIs. The Bears racked up 16 hits, with freshman Taylor Lewis providing a two-run home run and an RBI double and classmate Stilphen hitting a three-run homer and a double.
Myckie Lugbauer added two-run homer, a single and scored four runs.
Sophomore lefthander Kevin Scanlan (2-3) scattered five hits and three runs over the first six innings to pick up the victory. Senior Alejandro Balsinde induced a game-ending popup to earn a one-pitch save, his third save of the season.
Dean Dignelli sparked Iona with a monstrous three-run home run, a double and an RBI single. The Gaels finished with 14 hits, eight of which came in the ninth inning against two UMaine relievers.
In Game 2, the Bears spotted the struggling Gaels (1-22-1) three runs, then put up 14 unanswered runs to put the contest out of reach.
Senior Kevin McAvoy of Brewer extended his team-best hitting streak to 17 games and posted a three-run triple and a double to spark UMaine, which also benefited from six Iona errors.
Stilphen and Menendez whacked opposite-field, solo home runs to open the game and Ian Leisenheimer crushed a solo blast one out later to get the offense rolling. Menendez and Stilphen each added a single, while Menendez stole three bases for the third consecutive game and scored three times.
Freshman righthander Pat Quinn (3-0) was in control, scattering five hits and three unearned runs over five innings. He struck out eight, six on called third strikes.
Dignelli tripled and singled for Iona, while Chris Burke provided two singles and an RBI.