Perakslis leads Maine baseball team by Bryant

Posted March 23, 2012, at 9:54 p.m.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Maine pitcher Steve Perakslis picked up his first win of the season as he scattered 10 hits and three runs over eight innings while striking out seven and not walking a batter to lift the Black Bears to a 5-3 baseball victory over Bryant University Friday.

Maine, now 7-12, scored three runs in the top of the fourth on RBI singles by Tyler Patzalek and Scott Heath and a bases-loaded walk by Sam Balzano.

Alex Calbick led off the inning with a single and Justin Leisenheimer was then hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on Fran Whitten’s sacrifice bunt. Patzalek followed with a single up the middle to score Calbick and Leisenheimer came around to score when Heath knocked a single through the right side.

The Bulldogs responded with a three runs in their half of the inning, highlighted by a sacrifice fly by John Mullen and Connor Carignan’s RBI single.

The Bears took the lead for good in the top of the seventh when they scored two runs on an infield error. Calbick and Leisenheimer scored on the error after Calbick reached on a leadoff double and Leisinheimer was hit by a pitch.

Heath and Calbick each had four hits to pace the Bears.

Maine will conclude its three-game series with Bryant (9-10) Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m. The two teams will not play on Sunday due to expected poor weather.

Colby sweeps W. Conn.

At Fort Myers, Fla., Mike Mastrocola hit a grand slam in the first game and added two doubles in the second to help Colby earn a sweep over Western Connecticut, 11-2 and 7-2.

Jason Buco chipped in with two hits and a two-run single for Colby in the first game while Robb Arndt and Kevin Galvin had two hits apiece to back winning pitcher Brady Hesslein who gave up six hits and five walks while striking out six.

In the second game, Nathan Ellis had two-run singles in both the sixth and seventh innings to help Colby improve to 5-5. Luke Geoghegan earned the win by not allowing a run in five innings.

Softball

USM loses two

At Clermont, Fla., the University of Chicago defeated the University of Southern Maine 9-1 and Elmhurst College beat USM 10-0 in the Huskies’ opening day on on their spring trip.

Chicago pitcher Tabetha Bohac earned her first career win by scattering four hits over five innings without allowing an earned run.

Kaylie DeMillo’s RBI single drove in Stefanie Stockwell for USM in the third inning. Stockwell led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before coming around to score on DeMillo’s single.

In the second game, Elmhurst pounded out 14 hits, and senior Lindsay Nauman pitched a five-inning no-hitter. She struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

Colby splits twinbill

At Clermont, Fla., Brianne Wheeler’s RBI single in the seventh lifted Colby to a 5-4 win over the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Frosburg State beat Colby in the second game 5-4.

Colby finished its spring trip with a 2-8 record.

Colby scored three runs in the seventh in its victory as Katie Graichen slammed a two-run double and Wheeler followed with her game-winning hit.

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