UMaine sweeps doubleheader from Albany

Posted April 11, 2010, at 11:37 a.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Taylor Lewis started out the weekend by striking out in his first two at-bats Saturday.

He didn’t allow the slow start to shake his confidence.

The University of Maine’s sophomore center fielder hit for the cycle in Sunday’s 9-2 opening-game victory, then hit a home run with four RBIs in the 11-5 nightcap as the Black Bears swept their America East doubleheader against Albany.
    On Saturday, the Great Danes (2-22, 1-2 AE) squandered a six-run lead before rallying to win 11-10.

Coach Steve Trimper’s team improved to 17-14 overall, 2-1 in league play behind Lewis, who went 8-for-12 on the weekend with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He knocked in six runs in the three games and scored six times.
    Lewis posted eight consecutive hits starting with the third at-bat of Saturday’s game and stretching into Sunday’s second game.

Lewis’ triple in Game 1 was his ninth, setting a UMaine single-season record. He broke the previous mark held by Amel Lizonak and set in 1932.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” he said of the triples record. “I’m glad that it helped out the team and we got a win out of it. I’m glad that we won the series.”
    UMaine beat Albany twice in a row for the first time since 2005. The Great Danes had won 15 of the previous 18 meetings.

Ninth Inning

Albany

Jeff Welsh popped out to shortstop

Pete DiResta struck out swinging

Adam Cutspec struck out swinging

Maine wins 11-5

Maine

Tyler Patzalek hit hard single to left field, took second on wild pitch

Taylor Lewis hit sacrifice fly to center field, Patzalek scores, Maine leads 9-5

Ian Leisenheimer walked

Mike Baltera on to pitch for Albany

Matt Howard hit by a pitch, runners at first and second

Runners advanced on a wild pitch in the dirt

Justin Leisenheimer walked, bases loaded

Christian Garcia on to pitch for Albany

Tony Patane hit by pitch, RBI, bases loaded, Maine leads 10-5

Michael Fransoso grounds out to first base, RBI, runners to second and third Maine leads 11-5

Joe Mercurio called out on strikes

3 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB; Maine 11, Albany 5

Eighth Inning

Albany

Brian Bullard flared single over the second baseman’s head (first hit allowed by Bazdanes)

Brendan Rowland fouled out to second baseman

Pete Eichner struck out swinging; Bullard stole second on the play

Ralph Keppler gounded out to second base

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 8, Albany 5

Maine

Brian Gauthier now pitching for Albany

Tony Patane walked

Michael Fransoso laid down sacrifice bunt 1-4, Patane to second base

Joe Mercurio flied out to center

Joey Martin flied out to center field

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 8, Albany 5

Seventh Inning

Albany

Pete DiResta struck out swinging

Adam Cutspec grounded out to first base

Nolan Gaige walked

Kyle Crean bounced out to first

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB

Maine

Taylor Lewis drew a leadoff walk

Ian Leisenheimer grounded into 5-4-3 double play

Matt Howard hustled out double on hard shot to left field

Lefty Greg Lutton on to pitch for Albany

Justin Leisenheimer grounded out to third base

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,1 LOB; Maine 8, Albany

Sixth Inning

Albany

Pete Eichner struck out swinging

Ralph Keppler fouled out to catcher

Jeff Welsh grounded out to second base

Nothing across… Maine 8, Albany 5

Maine

Tony Patane hit towering home run to center field, Maine leads 8-5

Michael Fransoso grounded single through left side

Joe Mercurio flied out to center field

Kevin Bartlett now on to pitch for Albany

Michael Fransoso grounded single through left side

Joe Mercurio flied out to center field

Fransoso took second on wild pitch

Joey Martin struck out on foul tip

Tyler Patzalek flied out to center

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 8, Albany 5

Fifth Inning

Albany

Kyle Crean struck out swinging

Brian Bullard bunted, thrown out by third baseman Patzalek on nice play

Brendan Rowland flied out to right field

Nothing across…. Black Bears lead 7-5

Maine

Tyler Patzalek grounded hard single through the middle

Taylor Lewis grounded into 6-4 fielder’s choice, stole second, took third on throwing error by catcher

Ian Leisenheimer walked, runners at first and third

Lewis scored, Leisenheimer took second on wild pitch; Maine 7, Albany 5

Matt Howard called out on strikes

Justin Leisenheimer popped out to first base

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 7, Albany 5

Fourth Inning

Albany

Kyle Crean popped out to second base

Brian Bullard served single to right field

Brendan Rowland lashed a single to left feld, Bullard moved to third

Pete Eichner hit by pitch, bases loaded

Ralph Keppler drew bases-loaded walk, RBI

Jeff Welsh called out on strikes

Pete DiResta reached on infield single, RBI, off shortstop Patane’s glove, bases remain loaded, Maine leads 6-2

Adam Cutspec pulled double inside third-base bag, scored three runs, Maine 6, Albany 5

A.J. Bazdanes on to pitch, replacing Matt Jebb

Nolan Gaige soft liner to shortstop for third out

5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 6, Albany 5

 

 

 

 

Maine

Lefthander Ryan White now pitching for Albany

Michael Fransoso struck out swinging

Joe Mercurio called out on strikes

Joey Martin bounced out to second base

Nothing across… Maine leads 6-0

Fourth Inning

Albany

Pete DiResta groundd out to shortstop

Adam Cutspec grounded out to second base

Nolan Gaige flied out to center field

Nothing across…. UMaine 6, Albany 0

Maine

Tyler Patzalek hard single past third base

Taylor Lewis flied out to center field, ending a streak of eight consecutive hits

Ian Leisenheimer rammed RBI double down left-field line

Matt Howard flied out to left

Justin Leisenheimer rapped RBI double to right-center, Maine leads 6-0

Tony Patane called out on strikes

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 6, Albany 0

Third Inning

Albany

Brendan Rowland popped up to second base

Pete Eichner walked

Ralph Keppler struck out swinging

Jeff Welsh lined out to shortstop

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 4, Albany 0

Maine

Justin Leisenheimer cranked solo home run to left, Maine leads 4-0

Tony Patane struck out swinging

Michael Fransoso grounded single to center field (took second on wild pitch)

Joe Mercurio infield single off third baseman, runners at first and third

Joey Martin hard groundout to first base

1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB; Maine 4, Albany 0

 

 

 

Second Game

First Inning

Albany

Senior righthander Matt Jebb pitching for Maine

Nolan Gaige bounced single through the box, off Jebb’s glove

Kyle Crean lined out to right field

Brian Bullard grounded into 6-4-3 double play

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB; Maine 3, Albany 0

Maine

Kasceim Graham pitching for Albany

Michael Fransoso struck out swinging

Joe Mercurio fouled out to the catcher

Joey Martin grounded single through the middle

Tyler Patzalek walked, runners at first and second

Taylor Lewis (7-for-his-last-7) cranked three-run home run to left, Maine leads 3-0

Ian Leisenheimer grounded out to third base

3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB, Maine 3, Albany 0

 

Maine wins game one, 9-2

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Freshman righthander Jeff Gibbs scattered four hits through 6 1/3 innings Sunday afternoon, leading the University of Maine to a 9-2 America East baseball victory over the University at Albany in the first game of a doubleheader at Varsity Field.

    Gibbs (4-2) was in command from the outset. He struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter before giving way to Justin Latta, who got the final two outs in the seventh inning of a scheduled seven-inning game.

    Taylor Lewis sparked the offense for the Black Bears (16-14, 1-1 AE), hitting for the cycle. He doubled and scored in the second inning, singled in the third, hit a solo home run in the fifth and tripled in the sixth.

    Lewis’ triple was the ninth of the season, setting a UMaine single-season record. He broke the previous mark held by Amel Lizonak and set in 1932.

    Joe Mecurio hit a two-run homer and an RBI single for UMaine, while Tony Patane added an RBI double and a single.

    Jeff Welsh singled twice for Albany (2-21, 1-1 AE) and Nolan Gaige hit a solo homer.

 

Seventh Inning

Albany

Pete Eichner popped up to shortstop

Jeff Welch high-chop infield single to third base

Kyle Crean walked, runners at first and second

(Jeff Gibbs replaced by Justin Latta, submarining righthander)

Adam Cutspec, ground-ball RBI single to left, runners at first and second, Maine leads 9-2

Nolan Gaige flied out to shortstop, left-field line, runners held

Pete DiResta fouled out to the catcher

Maine wins 9-2

Maine

Myckie Lugbauer walked, advanced on wild pitch

Tony Patane grounded out to third base, runner stayed at second

Michael Fransoso grounded out to second base, Lugbauer moved to third

Joe Mercurio grounded out to the pitcher

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 9, Albany 1

Sixth Inning

Albany

(George Tager now playing right field for Maine)

Adam Cutspec flied out to center field

Nolan Gaige pounded home run to right-center, Maine 9, Albany 1

Pete DiResta hit by a pitch

Brian Bullard lined single to right, runners at first and third

Brendan Rowland fouled out to catcher, Myckie Lugbauer with sliding catch near fence

Bullard stole second, runners at second and third

Keppler struck out swinging

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB, Maine 9, Albany 1

Maine

Tyler Patzalek grounded out to second base

Taylor Lewis lined triple to left-center, set UMaine single-season record for triples with his ninth of the season; Lewis also hit for the cycle, with a single, double, triple and home run in the same game

Pat Thibodeau struck out, out 2-3

Matt Howard called out on strikes

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 9, Albany 0

Fifth Inning

Albany

Pete Eichner walked on four pitches

Jeff Welsh grounded into 4-6-3 double play

Kyle Crean struck out swinging

Nothing across… Maine leads 9-0

Maine

Taylor Lewis crushed home run over the scoreboard in right field, Maine leads 5-0

Ian Leisenheimer hit by a pitch; Pat Thibodeau came on to pinch run

Matt Howard laid down sacrifice bunt, out 2-4, Thibodeau advanced to second

Myckie Lugbauer called out on strikes

Tony Patane lashed an RBI double to left-center, Maine leads 6-0

Nick Sessa on to pitch for Albany, replacing Zach Kraham

Michael Fransoso pulled RBI single between first and second, Maine leads 7-0

Joe Mercurio yanked a two-run homer to left field, Maine leads 9-0

Joey Martin fouled out to left field

5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB; Maine 9, Albany 0

Fourth Inning

Albany

Brian Bullard struck out swinging

Brendan Rowland popped out to third base, nifty lunging catch down line by Tyler Patzalek

Ralph Keppler stuck out swinging

Nothing across… UMaine 4, Albany 0

Maine

Tony Patane walked

Michael Fransoso laid down sacrifice bunt, Patane moved to second

Joe Mercurio laced ground-ball RBI single through the middle, Maine leads 4-0

Joey Martin struck out swinging

Tyler Patzalek flied out to left field

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB; Maine 4, Albany 0

Third Inning

Albany

Adam Cutspec struck out swinging

Nolan Gaige flied out to center field

Pete DiResta grounded out to pitcher

Nothing across… Maine 3, Albany 0

Maine

Joe Mercurio flies out to center field

Joey Martin called out on strikes

Tyler Patzalek walked

Taylor Lewis fisted single to center, runners at first and second

Ian Leisenheimer reached on throwing error by third baseman, bases loaded

Matt Howard hit by pitch, RBI, bases still loaded, Maine leads 3-0

Myckie Lugbauer called out on strikes

1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 3 LOB; Maine leads 3-0

Second Inning


Albany


Brendan Rowland reached on pop-fly single that landed in front of home plate

Ralph Keppler strikes out swinging

Rowland caught stealing, 2-4, Fransoso with nifty tag after fielding high throw

Pete Eichner walks

Jeff Welsh scorches single to right-center, runners at first and third

Kyle Crean bounces out to pitcher

0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB; Maine leads 2-0

Maine


Tyler Patzalek ground-ball single to left

Taylor Lewis drives high, wind-blown double to left-center, runners at second and third

Ian Leisenheimer RBI groundout to third base, runner moves to third base

Matt Howard strikes out swinging

Myckie Lugbauer line-drive RBI single to right, Maine leads 2-0

Tony Patane hard single to left, runners at first and second

Michael Fransoso strikes out swinging

2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on base; Maine leads 2-0

First Inning

Albany

Nolan Gaige struck out swinging

Pete DiResta struck out swinging

Brian Bullard grounded out to first base

No score after one inning

Maine

Michael Fransoso called out on strikes

Joe Mercurio popped out to second base

Joey Martin grounds out to shortstop, diving stop by SS Kyle Crean to save a base hit

 

Pregame notes

The sun is shining, but the wind is still blowing at Varsity Field in Albany. Game time temperature will be 60 degrees, with a gusty wind blowing out of the west/northwest at 24 mph.

Freshman righthander Jeff Gibbs gets the start for the Black Bears. He is 3-2 with a team-best 4.54 earned run average with 41 strikeouts and 20 walks in 39 2/3 innings.

Junior righty Matt Jebb (1-3, 5.63 ERA) is expected to pitch Game 2.

UMaine had its seven-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s 11-10 loss to Albany.

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