Bears’ ace suspended for rest of season

Posted May 05, 2009, at 10:16 p.m.

The University of Maine baseball team will head into the homestretch of the 2009 season without the services of its most effective pitcher.

Freshman righthander Pat Quinn, 19, has been suspended from the team for the remainder of the season after an April 27 incident during which he received a summons for illegal possession of liquor by a minor and was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.

UMaine athletic director Blake James confirmed Tuesday that Quinn has been sanctioned for violating team and university rules.

“He has been suspended indefinitely,” James said. “This is a result of violations of the [UMaine] Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. He won’t be back with our program this year.”

Quinn, who missed last weekend’s series at Albany, last pitched April 26 against Vermont.

According to Sgt. Scott Lajoie of the Orono Police Department, Officer Chris Watson responded April 27 to a noise complaint outside Building 11 at the Orchard Trails apartment complex. He found a male subject, determined to be Quinn, holding a 12-ounce can of Keystone Light beer.

Watson said that as he wrote out a summons for illegal possession of liquor by a minor, Quinn became upset and started swearing at him. Even as nearby friends tried to calm Quinn, he became more agitated and continued pacing and yelling at Watson, who then issued Quinn a disorderly conduct warning.

When Quinn finally left to enter the building, he slammed several doors on his way up to the second floor. The police report indicated two of the doors were damaged because they were slammed so hard.

As a result, Watson then arrested Quinn on a charge of disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear June 25 in Bangor District Court.

The arrest was not Quinn’s first brush with authority during his freshman year.

According to a report in The Maine Campus, Quinn was among three male students summoned for disorderly conduct on Feb. 17 after a campus incident at Androscoggin Hall.

Quinn, along with freshman teammates Taylor Lewis, 19, and Arthur Bazdanes, 18, both of Orono, allegedly banged and kicked on the door of two female students, damaging a dry-erase board and marker.

Quinn reportedly was identified after he called one of the residents on the phone and used obscene language and called her names. Later that night, Quinn left a phone message for a female resident, saying he was going to “light her up.” She believed she was in physical danger.

All three players were suspended from the baseball team for several games for violating the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and missed the Black Bears’ season-opening trip to Las Vegas.

Quinn posted a 6-0 record this spring for the Black Bears. His 1.42 earned run average is the lowest on the squad and he registered 33 strikeouts in 38 innings. Opponents were batting .147 against him.

“Pat’s a loss because he was doing such a good job for us,” said UMaine coach Steve Trimper. “We’re looking forward to having him back in the future.”

Waters gets UM’s nomination

Senior softball player Ashley Waters has been named the University of Maine’s nominee for the 2009 America East Woman of the Year award.

The four-year starter and 2008 AE softball player of the year was chosen based on best exemplifying a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics.

Each AE school submitted one nominee and the field will be narrowed to three finalists May 27. The winner will be announced June 9.

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