Maine drops two to Clemson

Posted Feb. 26, 2012, at 9:33 p.m.

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Maine baseball team dropped two straight games to Clemson on Saturday and Sunday, 9-6 and 9-5, after knocking off the 16th-ranked Tigers Friday.

Maine (1-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Sunday with one run in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth, but the Tigers (4-2) answered with two in bottom half of the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth.

Maine scored its run in the second when Alex Calbick singled to right and eventually scored on a wild pitch. A two-run double by Michael Fransoso accounted for Maine’s two runs in the third and the Bears added three in the fourth when Fransoso’s fly ball was dropped, allowing Colin Gay and Scott Heath to score. Both had singled. Ian Leisenheimer then doubled in Fransoso.

Clemson surged ahead in the sixth with two-run doubles by Steve Wilkerson and Phil Pohl highlighting the rally.

Gay finished with three hits for the Bears and Heath, Calbick and Fran Whitten each had two with Whitten also driving in a run.

Maine stranded 12 runners.
On Saturday, the Bears again struck first with four runs in the top of the third, but the Tigers responded with two in their half of the inning, five in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Leisenheimer sparked Maine’s four-run third with a two-run single while Gay and Fransoso also chipped in with RBI singles.

Spencer Kieboom belted a three-run homer to highlight Clemson’s five-run fifth.

Gay sparked Maine with three hits and two RBIs and Brian Doran added a double and single.

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