Preview: UMaine baseball vs. Colby College

Posted April 09, 2012, at 8:36 p.m.

MAINE vs. COLBY

Time, site: Tuesday, 4 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Records: Maine 16-14, Colby 9-9

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 153-117-2, Maine 4-2 on 4/19/11

Top hitters: Maine — C/DH Tyler Patzalek (.344, 3 HR, 24 RBI), RF Scott Heath (.342, 12 RBI), C/DH Fran Whitten (.324, 1 HR, 17 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.317, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 4 SB), LF Ian Leisenheimer (.308, 1 HR, 23 RBI); Colby — LF Jason Buco (.533, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 SB), 3B Mike Mastrocola (.469, 1 HR, 23 RBI), DH Devlin McConnell (.414 1 HR, 8 RBI), 2B Taro Gold (.322, 10 RBI), 1B Robb Arndt (.333, 12 RBI)

Possible pitching matchup: Maine — RH Luke Morrill (1-1, 5.91 ERA, 18 Ks); Colby — RH Lucas Geohegan (2-0, 3.38, 12)

Outlook: The series between UMaine and Colby College of Waterville dates back to 1881 and today’s matchup represents the 273rd meeting. The Black Bears look to continue their torrid hitting after amassing 76 hits and 76 runs in a four-game America East sweep at UMBC. UMaine mustered only four hits in last Wednesday’s 7-2 home win over Husson University of Bangor. The Bears will use the occasion to get needed work for their bullpen, including Morrill, Fran Whitten, Eric White of Brewer and Jon Balentina. The Division III Mules of the New England Small College Athletic Conference swept Brandeis 13-11 and 7-1 Saturday in a nonleague twinbill after dropping its previous four contests. Colby, coached by former UMaine pitcher Dale Plummer, comes in with a healthy .317 team batting average, averaging 7.2 runs per game. The Mules have a 5.80 team ERA.

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