May 28, 2018
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UMaine baseball completes sweep of Hartford

By Pete Warner

    ORONO, Maine — Miichael Fransoso’s infield single scored Matt Howard to highlight a two-run eighth inning that lifted the University of Maine to a 4-3 America East baseball victory over Hartford on Sunday afternoon.

    The Black Bears overcame four errors and outlasted a gritty Hawks squad to complete a sweep of their three-game series at Mahaney Diamond.

    UMaine (23-16, 7-3 AE) swept Saturday’s doubleheader by scores of 14-7 and 4-1.

    Freshman righthander Jeff Gibbs scattered four hits over 7 1/3 innings, before coach Steve Trimper’s Bears scored twice behind reliever Justa Latta (4-1), who picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

    Joey Martin of Portland laced two doubles to pace UMaine, which scratched out only seven hits in the nine-inning game.

    Victor Santana doubled to lead Hartford (8-24, 2-8 AE).

    Trailing 3-2, the Bears finally got some clutch hits in the eighth. Martin lined a leadoff double to right field and scored one out later when Matt Howard grounded a sharp single through the middle.

    Hawks starter Chris Greiner (2-2) was lifted in favor of Viincent Fiore, who walked pinch hitter Kyle Stilphen and Tony Patane, loading the bases. Fransoso followed with a hard grounder that was knocked down by second baseman Santana, whose throw to first was late.

    Howard scored on the play, providing the winning margin.

    UMaine returns to action next weekend with a four-game series against Stony Brook at Mahaney Diamond.


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