June 21, 2018
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Maine settles for a split with Bearcats

Bangor Daily News

VESTAL, N.Y. — Freshman Jeff Gibbs scattered nine hits in Sunday’s first game, helping the University of Maine baseball team earn a 3-1 victory on its way to a split of a four-game America East series against Binghamton University.

The Bearcats won Sunday’s second game 13-11.

The Black Bears split Saturday’s doubleheader, winning the nightcap 7-5 after dropping the opener 3-1.

Coach Steve Trimper’s squad (19-16, 4-3 AE) returns to Orono for Tuesday’s 4 p.m. nonconference game against Division III Bates College of Lewiston.

In Sunday’s first game, righthander Gibbs (5-2) allowed only one unearned run to keep the Bearcats in check. He struck out six and walked two.

Taylor Lewis stroked an RBI single in the first inning off loser Mike Augliera, while Tony Patane plated a run with an infield single in the fourth and Joey Martin provided a run-scoring infield single in the fifth inning.

Jim Calderone doubled and singled and Jeff Abrams singled twice to lead the hosts. Mike Danaher posted two hits, including an RBI single in the fourth.

In Sunday’s series finale, Peter Bregartner stroked a two-run single to key a three-run eighth-inning uprising that lifted the Bearcats to victory.

UMaine came all the way back after Binghamton touched up starter Matt Jebb for seven runs in the bottom of the first and took an 11-9 lead in the seventh. However, the Bears’ bullpen couldn’t hold on.

The hosts took the lead for good in the eighth. C.J. Lukaszewski singled to left off Beras reliever Justin Latta (3-1) and Calderone followed with a bunt single.

One out later, Ciocchi delivered an RBI single through the middle to tie the contest at 9-9. Corey Taylor struck out, but Latta was lifted after walking Joe Charron.

Bregartner greeted Myckie Lugbauer with a game-winning, two-run-single to left-center.

Patzalek doubled twice, rapped two singles and knocked in two runs among UMaine’s 18 hits. Mecurio hit a double and three singles with two RBIs, while Michael Fransoso collected three singles and an RBI.

Matt Howard added a triple and a single and Ian Leisenheimer a double and a single for the Bears. Martin provided a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.

Calderone finished with four singles for Binghamton while Ciocchi and Bregartner contributed three singles and two RBIs each in the Bearcats’ 19-hit onslaught.

Alex Adami (2-1) pitched two innings of one-hit, shutout ball to pick up the victory in relief.

Binghamton rocked Jebb for eight hits and seven runs in the first two-thirds of an inning. Taylor’s two-run single was the big blow.

In Saturday’s second game, Fransoso’s RBI single during a three-run seventh inning provided the eventual winning run as the Bears prevailed.

Patane hit a run-scoring double and Mercurio stroked an RBI single as UMaine took a 6-5 lead.

Fransoso added a double and a single for UMaine, while Tyler Patzalek singled twice. Keith Bilodeau (1-1) picked up the win in relief of starter A.J. Bazdanes, allowing three hits and two unearned runs in three innings.

Henry Dunn led Binghamton with a double, a single and an RBI. Abrams doubled and singled.

In Saturday’s opener, junior lefthander James Giulietti scattered six hits to lead the Bearcats to victory.

Giulietti struck out six and did not walk a batter while outdueling UMaine’s Steve Perakslis. The freshman righthander pitched a three-hitter and gave up three runs with two walks.

Binghamton snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. Calderone worked a leadoff walk and rode home on Dunn’s triple to right-center. Dave Ciocchi followed with a sacrifice fly.

Patzalek powered the UMaine offense with three singles. Lewis doubled and Ian Leisenheimer had an RBI groundout.

Abrams doubled and singled to spark Binghamton.

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