May 27, 2018
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UMaine baseball drops three weekend games in New Jersey

By BDN Staff Reports, Special to the BDN

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J — Two errors and a hit batsman helped lead to a ninth-inning run Sunday afternoon that lifted Fordham University to a 3-2 baseball victory over the University of Maine.

After winning Friday, the Black Bears dropped all three weekend contests.

On Saturday, Fordham edged UMaine 5-4 in the first game and Seton Hall

pulled out a 6-4 victory in the second game. The contests were part of the Rawlings Strike Out Cancer Tournament at Seton Hall.

On Sunday, the Bears (6-11) had tied the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but could not hold it.

UMaine scratched out only four hits against Fordham’s Joe Charest, but committed three errors. Colin Gay and Mike Connolly doubled for the Bears.

Mike Mauri singled three times among seven hits by the Rams (7-12). Swatek hit an RBI double in the third inning and Small added a double.

Charest held the Bears hitless until the seventh inning, when Alex Calbick thwarted the bid with a one-out single through the middle.

Forham took a 1-0 lead in the second as starter Jeff Gibbs sandwiched walks around a Mike Mauri single and Zach Small delivered a sacrifice fly. The Rams made it 2-0 in the third when Brendan Maghini walked, stole second and scored on Tim Swatek’s double down the left-field line.

The Bears got on the board in the seventh. Colin Gay walked with one out, took second on Calbick’s single and reached third on Tyler Patzalek’s single through the middle. Charest walked Eric White of Brewer to force in a run, but then retired the next to batters to escape further trouble.

UMaine tied it in the eighth when Connolly doubled to left with one out and scored on Gay’s two-out double to left-center.

In the ninth, reliever Steve Trask of Biddeford (0-1) walked Joe Calabrese, who was then caught stealing. Matt Cianci followed with a double to right and took third when the ball was misplayed in the outfield.

After Stephen McSherry was hit by a pitch, the winning run scored on Maghini’s RBI fielder’s choice.

In Saturday’s second game, after UMaine had scored to take the lead, the Pirates took advantage of Fran Whitten’s wildness in the seventh to grab the upper hand.

Whitten (0-1), who came on in relief of starter D.J. Voisine in the sixth, hit the first two batters of the seventh and uncorked a wild pitch. Ryan Sullivan’s two-run single to right field put Seton Hall in front, then stole second.

Luke Morrill of South Thomaston was greeted by Giuseppe Papaccio’s run-scoring single.

Gay paced the Bears with two singles and an RBI, while Justin Leisenheimer doubled and singled and Nick Bernardo singled twice among the team’s 10 hits.

Voisine gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, in 5⅓ innings for UMaine, which had three hit batsmen, two walks and two wild pitches.

Ryan Harvey (1-2) picked up the win in relief for the Pirates. He limited UMaine to one hit and an unearned run in four innings, striking out four and walking one.

Sullivan added another single and scored two runs for the hosts, while Chris Selden singled twice and knocked in a run.

Bernardo doubled and scored on a double by White in the second inning for UMaine. In the fourth, Bernardo led off with a single and scored on Gay’s two-out single.

In the fifth, Leisenheimer doubled and rode home on a two-out, RBI double by Whitten.

In Saturday’s first game, it was a three-run fifth inning that gave Fordham the eventual winning run.

Chris Pike (2-0) spread out eight hits over 7⅔ innings and gave up only one earned run for the Rams, who committed four errors.

Mauri doubled, singled and plated two runs for Fordham, which had only seven hits.

Freshman Brian Doran collected three singles with an RBI to spark the Bears, while Leisenheimer hit a solo homer and a single. Patzalek chipped in with two singles.

Morrill, who replaced loser Shaun Coughlin (1-2) in the fifth, held the Rams hitless for the next 3⅔ innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Already leading 3-2, Fordham built a four-run advantage in the fifth. Calabrese singled and Cianci was hit by a pitch, before Maghini laid down a bunt that was fielded by Coughlin.

His throw to second base was not fielded by Troy Black, who was injured on the play, and a run scored. Swatek was walked intentionally, then Mauri stroked a two-run double down the left-field line.

UMaine’s key hits included Leisenheimer’s homer in the fourth, a run-scoring infield hit by Doran in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth by Scott Heath of Westbrook.

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