Voisine helps UMaine complete sweep of Norfolk State

Posted March 31, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2012, at 11:09 p.m.

NORFOLK, Va. — D.J. Voisine fired seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball Sunday afternoon to help the University of Maine complete a sweep of its four-game series with a 9-1 victory over Norfolk State.

Voisine (2-0) earned the win, striking out one and walking two, while freshman Luke Morrill of South Thomaston worked two shutout innings in relief.

On Saturday, Mike Connolly (2-3) pitched eight innings of scoreless relief Saturday afternoon, helping coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears sweep the Spartans.

The sophomore righthander worked 5⅓ innings of two-hit shutout relief in the Black Bears’ 4-2, 11-inning win in the first game, then Connolly pitched 2⅔ shutout innings as UMaine took the nightcap 6-2.

Both games were scheduled seven-inning contests.

On Sunday, UMaine (11-14) scored all the runs it would need in the fourth inning, then added three in the fifth to give Voisine a 5-0 cushion.

Tyler Patzalek went 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBIs to spark the Bears, while Troy Black knocked in four runs with two singles. Ian Leisenheimer (double), Justin Leisenheimer and Mike Fransoso (double) posted two hits apiece.

Shane Hoggard led Norfolk State (9-16) with three singles and an RBI.

In the Bears’ fourth, Patzalek, Alex Calbick and Justin Leisenheimer hit consecutive singles to load the bases, setting up Black’s two-run single.

In the fifth, Ian Leisenheimer rapped a run-scoring double and Patzalek stroked a two-run single.

Scott Heath of Westbrook provided a sacrifice fly in the sixth, while Black singled home two runs in the ninth.

In Saturday’s first game, Connolly struck out four and walked one after taking over for starter Shaun Coughlin with two outs in the sixth inning. Coughlin had limited the Spartans to seven hits and two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk in his stint.

Fran Whitten and Patzalek each stroked two hits with an RBI to pace the UMaine offense. Fransoso singled twice and scored two runs, while Colin Gay added two singles.

Chase Kyriacou singled twice to pace the Spartans.

UMaine finally scratched out two runs in the 11th inning against Norfolk reliever Chris Horne.

Patzalek worked a leadoff walk and was lifted for pinch runner Robbie Trask of Saco, who raced to third on Calbick’s single to left-center. Calbick took second on the throw to third.

Trask scored when Horne balked, then Whitten provided an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.

Connolly worked around some trouble in the bottom of the inning as Shane Hoggard led off with a single. He then induced Chris Warren to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and got Kyriacou on a game-ending grounder to shortstop.

The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Fransoso singled, advanced on Gay’s sacrifice bunt and stole third. He scored on Ian Leisenheimer’s sacrifice fly.

Norfolk quickly took the lead, scoring twice in the first off Coughlin.

James Taylor singled and scored on Rafael Colon’s double, then Cameron Day followed with a run-scoring single. Coughlin settled down and the hosts did not score again.

The Bears equalized in the third when Fransoso beat out an infield hit, moved up on another sac bunt by Gay, and scored on a one-out single to right field by Patzalek.

In Saturday’s second game, Connolly came on with one out in the fifth after starter Jeff Gibbs (1-4) walked Lee and Colon. He quickly picked off Colon, but walked Gay and allowed an RBI infield single that was knocked down by shortstop Fransoso.

A nifty defensive play by second baseman Black on a fielder’s choice got the third out.

Gibbs struck out nine but walked five and threw two wild pitches. Connolly gave up only one more hit after the fifth and walked one.

Black led the Bears’ offense with two singles and two RBI, while Gay and Heath each chipped in with two singles.

Hoggard had a single and an RBI to pace Norfolk State.

Up 1-0, the Bears scored twice in the fifth inning and three times in the sixth.

In the fifth, Black singled with one out and stole second, then Fransoso walked before the pair executed a double steal. One out later, ian Leisenheimer stroked a two-run single through the left side.

The Spartans cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch and a single by Hoggard.

However, the Bears responded with three runs in the sixth. Gay singled and Justin Leisenheimer doubled to chase starter Jeff Di Fulgo (0-4). Black followed with a two-run single to left and Ian Leisenheimer later hit a sacrifice fly.

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