Bears hand No. 11 Tar Heels first loss

Posted Feb. 28, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.

The University of Maine baseball team captured its first win of the season over the weekend, defeating 11th-ranked North Carolina 5-3 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game weekend set.

The Black Bears fell to the Tar Heels 8-4 in the rubber game on Sunday.

Maine is now 1-5 on the young season while North Carolina improved to 6-1.

On Saturday, Jeff Gibbs pitched into the sixth inning to pick up his first win of the season, surrendering three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.

Maine opened the scoring in the top of the first, as Mike Fransoso led off with a single and later scored on an error.

The Bears added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, with Myckie Lugbauer doubling and scoring on a throwing error in the fourth while Justin Leisenheimer singled in a run in the sixth.

The Tar Heels got two back in the bottom of the frame on Brian Goodwin’s two-run home run.

But Ian Leisenheimer answered the bell for Maine in the top of the seventh with a two-run shot of his own that gave Maine a 5-2 lead that was never seriously threatened.

Tony Patane, Lugbauer and Kyle Stilphen each had a pair of hits while Taylor Lewis tripled for Maine.

On Sunday, the Bears once again got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first, as Lugbauer drove in two runs with a single.

North Carolina countered in the bottom half as Goodwin hit an RBI single, while the Tar Heels took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third as Tommy Coyle lifted a sacrifice fly while Levi Michael tripled and scored.

Maine tied it at 3-3 in the top of the fifth on Joe Mercurio’s solo homer, but the Heels took the lead for good in the bottom half.

Ryan Graepel doubled home Goodwin while Michael drove in a run with a double in the sixth.

Maine got its final run in the seventh, as Stilphen singled and scored on Fransoso’s groudout.

Dillon Hazlett singled in a run for UNC in the seventh, while he scored on Bryn Renner’s double and Bunting capped the scoring with an RBI double.

A.J. Bazdanes went four innings in taking the loss (0-2) for the Black Bears, surrendering three runs on three hits.

Joey Martin and Stilphen each had a couple of hits for Maine.

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