MAINE vs. HUSSON
Time, site: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mahaney Diamond, Orono
Records: Maine 11-14, Husson 7-9
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 50-2, Maine 19-1 on 4/10/08
Top hitters: Maine — CF Colin Gay (.303, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 4 SB), SS Mike Fransoso (.289, 5 RBI, 8 SB), 2B Troy Black (.308, 10 RBI, 4 SB), C/DH Fran Whitten (.279, 11 RBI), 3B Alex Calbick (.258, 1 HR, 13 RBI); Husson — 2B Brandon Gendreau (.348, 4 RBI), RF Dylan Foster (.283, 4 RBI, 3 SB), LF Kyle Vanidestine (.262, 1 RBI, 3 SB), 1B Ben McLain (.242, 5 RBI, 3 SB), C Nick Lancisi (.224, 7 RBI)
Possible pitching matchup: Maine — RH Fran Whitten (0-1, 13.50 ERA, 8 Ks); Husson — RH Evan Eldridge (0-0, 9.00, 6 K)
Outlook: The Black Bears finally open at home after playing 25 straight outside Maine. UMaine is riding some confidence after a four-game sweep last weekend at Norfolk State. The Eagles of the North Eastern Athletic Conference dropped both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader (7-1, 2-1) to East Division rival Thomas College in Waterville. Husson, coached by former Black Bear Jason Harvey of Bucksport, has dropped three in a row. The Bears are gearing up for the start of the America East season, which begins Friday with a four-game series at Maryland Baltimore County. Both teams are likely to utilize a handful of pitchers to work around rest and conference games. Husson also plays a NEAC twinbill against UMaine-Farmington on Thursday. The Eagles have struggled offensively, batting .219 while averaging 4.3 runs per contest. UMaine has boosted its team batting average to .267 and 5.2 runs per game.