DeLAND, Fla. — Jeff Gibbs and Steve Perakslis helped settle down the University of Maine’s pitching on Sunday after a tough series at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Stetson University just pitched a little bit better.
Lindsey Caughel scattered four hits and one run through 7 2/3 innings and the Hatters got to Gibbs for two early runs as Stetson earned a 3-1 victory at Melching Field.
Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears (0-5) played after arriving in Florida after midnight on Saturday. UMaine’s plane flight had been canceled Friday, so the team was forced to wait and fly out of Portland on Saturday evening.
Caughel (1-0) struck out eight and walked one before Cameron Griffin recorded the final out of the eighth inning and Robbie Powell pitched a scoreless ninth.
Gibbs (0-2) allowed three hits and two runs with five strikeouts and three walks, while Perakslis gave up two hits and a run in three innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
Ben Carhart sparked the offense for Stetson (5-0) with a home run and an RBI single.
Sophomore catcher Tyler Patzalek stroked a double and a single with an RBI to lead the Black Bears. Junior center fielder Taylor Lewis and freshman third baseman Alex Calbick each doubled and singled.
UMaine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Lewis singled through the middle, stole second, moved up on a groundout, and scored on Patzalek’s double to center field.
However, Patzalek was picked off second and, after Joey Martin walked and Calbick singled, Caughel struck out Justin Leisenheimer.
The Hatters got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first.
Jeff Simpson worked a leadoff walk and moved to third on Spencer Theisen’s single to right field. Theisen stole second, but Simpson scored on a balk by Gibbs.
He struck out the next batter, before Carhart’s infield single plated the eventual winning run.
Stetson added an insurance run in the sixth when Carhart hit a one-out home run to left off Perakslis.
UMaine threatened in the eighth when pinch hitter Matt Verrier of Norway stroked a one-out single through the left side. Caughel struck out Mike Connolly before being lifted in favor of Griffin.
Lewis greeted him with a double to left-center, but the relay throw by Robert Crews cut down pinch runner Troy Black at home plate.
The Bears then got runners to second and third in the ninth on Patzalek’s one-out single and a two-out double to left by Calbick. However, Powell got Pat Thibodeau of Caribou to ground out to preserve the victory.
UMaine returns to action Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Stetson.