June 22, 2018
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UMaine sweeps Lehigh

By Pete Warner

ORONO — Tony Patane grounded a single under the dive of Lehigh shortstop Brandon Sady to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the second game as the University of Maine pulled out a 10-9 victory and completed a sweep of Sunday’s baseball doubleheader at Mahaney Diamond.

In the first game, freshman righthander Jeff Gibbs pitched a dominating one-hitter in his home debut and received plenty of offensive support as the Black Bears (10-13) won 8-1.

In the nightcap, UMaine let a four-run lead slip away, fell behind in the top of the ninth, but rallied to win.

Patane,a senior shortstop, collected a double, two singles and knocked in four runs out of the No. 9 spot in the order. Kyle Stilphen of Pittston rapped a double and three singles with two RBIs, while Taylor Lewis singled twice with two RBIs in the Bears’ 13-hit attack.

Myckie Lugbauer picked up the win by pitching the ninth inning, during which he surrendered the go-ahead run.

Austin Borden paced Lehigh (6-13) with two doubles, two singles and an RBI. Andrew Russell doubled and singled (2 RBIs)behind relief loser Dan Ciccone.

In Game 1, Gibbs (2-2) struck out five and walked two, but was in command throughout while mixing a fastball, a slider and a changeup. He threw 84 pitches, including 56 (67 percent) for strikes in the scheduled seven-inning game.

Justin Leisenheimer went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and a single and two RBIs to spark UMaine’s 12-hit attack. Joe Mercurio stroked two doubles with two RBIs and Ian Leisenheimer singled twice.

Myckie Lugbauer added a pinch-hit solo home run.

Lehigh (6-12) got only Andy Russell’s solo homer in the fourth inning, which broke up Gibbs’ no-hit bid.

Starter Gregory Angelo (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing nine hits and five earned runs in three-plus innings.

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