Preview: University of Maine baseball vs. Boston College

Posted May 14, 2012, at 9:18 p.m.

MAINE vs. BOSTON COLLEGE

Time, site: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Hadlock Field, Portland

Records: Maine 25-22, Boston College 21-30

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 21-12, Maine 13-12 in 2005

Top hitters: Maine — C Tyler Patzalek (.319, 3 HR, 31 RBI), 2B Troy Black (.317, 18 RBI, 15 SB), SS Mike Fransoso (.306, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 18 SB), DH/C Fran Whitten (.300, 1 Hr, 21 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.298, 1 Hr, 26 RBI, 11 SB); Boston College — 1B Tyler Hinchliffe (.345, 9 RBI), CF Tom Bourdon (.323, 9 HR, 33 RBI), SS Anthony Melchionda (.321, 5 HR, 30 RBI), DH Rob Moir (.301, 17 RBI), 2B Blake Butera (.278, 3 Hr, 29 RBI)

Possible pitching matchup: Maine — RH Mike Connolly (4-1, 5.62 ERA, 41 K); Boston College — RH Matt Alvarez (2-3, 5.40 ERA, 20 K)

Outlook: The Black Bears get their final nonconference tune-up with a visit to the home of the Portland Sea Dogs, the Class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. UMaine took two of three at Hartford last weekend and is gearing up for a four-game America East set against league-leading Stony Brook that begins Friday in Orono. The Bears have locked up a spot in next week’s America East tournament. The Eagles of the Atlantic Coast Conference also are wrapping up their nonleague slate before a weekend series against Duke. Boston College, which has struggled in ACC play (9-18), beat Fordham 15-3 Sunday but had lost its previous four games. The Eagles have two Portland natives on their roster in junior catcher Matt Pare (.246, 3 HR, 21 RBI), and freshman infielder Nick Colucci.

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