WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Chris Razo limited the University of Maine to four hits and a single run through seven innings on Friday, leading Illinois State to a 7-1 baseball victory at Chain O’ Lakes Park.
Razo (2-1) struck out five and walked two and the Redbirds (8-3) scored five runs in the last two innings to pull away for their eighth consecutive win.
Junior righthander Steve Perakslis (0-2) pitched well for UMaine (4-7) before giving up three runs (two of them unearned) in the seventh inning. He scattered eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Colin Gay and Michael Fransoso each posted two singles for the Black Bears, while Alex Calbick added a double among their eight hits.
UMaine got its only run in the third when Justin Leisenheimer walked and eventually scored on Troy Black’s groundout. The Bears, who stranded 10 baserunners in the first seven innings, left five on base in the last two frames.
Kevin Tokarski doubled, singled and knocked in two runs for Illinois State, which collected 10 hits. Mike Hollenbeck hit two singles, while Matt Mirabal provided an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
The Redbirds took the lead for good with a run in the sixth. Ty Wiesemeyer stroked a leadoff triple and rode home on Mirabal’s sac fly.
Illinois State padded its advantage by scoring three times in the seventh. Tokarski lined a two-run double after Chad Hinshaw reached on a fielder’s choice and Brett Kay reached on a fielding error by Fransoso.
D.J. Voisine replaced Perakslis and retired the first batter, but Mirabal poked a run-scoring double to right field to make it 5-1.
UMaine threatened in the eighth when Black was hit by a pitch, Fransoso singled and Ian Leisenheimer hit an infield single, chasing Razo. Kenny Long came on to strike out Alex Calbick and get Tyler Patzalek on a foul-out.
UMaine takes on Bowling Green on Saturday at 10 a.m. and finishes its spring break trip with Sunday’s 10 a.m. contest against Fairfield. The Stags are coached by former Vermont head coach Bill Currier.
UMaine loses twice
At Northridge, Calif., Jaci Carlsen’s RBI double with two out in the fifth inning lifted Cal State-Northridge to a 2-1 victory over the University of Maine on the first day of the Northridge Classic.
In Friday’s opener, Cal State-Bakersfield shut out the Black Bears 14-0 in five innings.
In the second game, Cal State-Northridge (5-16) scored the game-winner in the fifth inning. Jessica Fridwall led off with a single off UMaine starter Beth Spoehr (1-4), who retired the next two batters before Madeline Sale reached on an infield hit.
Carlsen, who also singled in the game, followed with the game-winning double. Leann Lopez hit an RBI single in the second inning for the 5-16 Matadors to back Mia Pagano, who pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks.
EmJ Fogel doubled and scored the run for UMaine (4-14), while Jenny Macdowell singled. Spoehr spread out seven hits and struck out one in six innings.
Fogel doubled to open the third inning, advanced on Lindsey Jenkins’ sacrifice bunt and scored on an error.
In the early game, the Roadrunners piled up 14 hits, putting the game out of reach by scoring eight times in the fifth.
Emily Bliss knocked in three runs with two doubles and a single and Bree Sandoval plated three runs with a double and two singles to propel Cal State-Bakersfield (5-12). Adrianna Cardoza knocked in three runs with two singles behind three pitchers, who combined on the shutout.
Jennifer Eberhardt doubled and Dagmar Ralphs singled for the Bears behind starter Ashley Kelley (2-5), who gave up eight hits and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
George Fox 71, Bowdoin 55
At Fredericksburg, Va., the Bruins outscored the Polar Bears 13-2 during the first 10 1/2 minutes en route to victory in their NCAA Division III “Sweet 16” matchup.
Hannah Munger scored four of her team-high 18 points during the initial surge to give George Fox of Newberg, Ore., the lead for good. She also provided 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals for the undefeated Bruins (30-0).
Keisha Gordon contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, Arianna Mosenian netted 12 points and Megan Arnoldy added 10 for the winners, who outrebounded the Polar Bears 37-25.
Kaitlin Donahoe sparked Bowdoin College of Brunswick (21-8) with 18 points. Jill Henrikson posted 14 points and Amy Hackett chipped in with five points and seven rebounds.
The poor start killed the Polar Bears, who missed 12 of their first 13 shots. George Fox led 7-0 on Bree Rinehart-Young’s layup at the 14:54 mark, before Alexa Barry hit a jumper to put Bowdoin on the board.
The Bruins eventually tacked on the next six points to make it 13-2 with 9:39 to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Allie Piscina and Henrikson later cut the deficit to three at 19-16, but George Fox led by five at the half and extended the lead in the second half.
Penn St. Beaver 78, EMCC 73
At Uniontown, Pa., Darius Prince headed a quartet of double-figure scorers with 15 points and posted five steals and four assists to lead Penn State Beaver to victory over Eastern Maine Community College of Bangor in the consolation bracket of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national tournament.
Chris Weathers tallied 12 points while Nick Miller and Tyler Care netted 11 points each for the 22-6 Lions, who outscored the Golden Eagles 24-11 from the foul line.
Thelbert Green sparked EMCC (18-6) with a game-high 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Kyle Pluchino (6 rebounds) and Jeff Dubois tossed in 14 points each and John Caputo provided 13 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
EMCC grabbed a 51-33 rebounding advantage, but fell victim to 28 turnovers.