July 16, 2018
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Auburn completes season-opening sweep of UMaine baseball team

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University scored six runs in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon to overcome an early deficit and post an 8-4 baseball victory over the University of Maine.

On Saturday, the Black Bears scratched out only six ones as the Tigers took a doubleheader by scores of 12-3 and 4-3.

On Sunday, the Tigers (4-0) completed the four-game sweep of the Black Bears (0-4) with an 11-hit attack that featured two singles and two RBIs from Jordan Ebert. Damek Tomscha (double, single) and Dan Glevenyak (2 singles) each knocked in a run for Clemson.

Chase Williamson pitched 3 ⅓ innings of three-hit, one-run relief to help secure the win.

Junior Colin Gay completed a strong weekend with his fourth straight two-hit effort, including a solo home run. Sam Balzano of Portland also singled twice for UMaine.

Black Bears starter Mike Connolly took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs in 5 ⅓ innings. Troy Black posted an RBI double.

UMaine led 3-1 when the Tigers tallied six runs in the sixth. Ryan Tella singled, Garrett Cooper walked and, one out later, Cullen Wacker hit an RBI single to chase Connolly. Sam Gilkin greeted Shaun Coughlin with a a run-scoring double and, after an intentional walk, Ebert poked a two-run single, Glevenyak had an RBI infield single and Tella provided a sacrifice fly.

In Saturday’s second game, Tella’s two-run triple off A.J. Bazdanes highlighted a three-run third inning that provided Auburn with the margin of victory.

Gay hit an RBI single in the first inning, then doubled and scored in UMaine’s two-run sixth. Alex Calbick hit an RBI single in the sixth and Eric White of Brewer provided a run-scoring groundout in the inning.

Cooper added an RBI single in the third for the Tigers, who scored the game-winner in the fourth when Gilkin walked with one out, moved up on Kody Ortman’s double to left and scored on Tanner Cimo’s sacrifice fly.

Michael O’Neal scattered six hits and three runs over 5 ⅔ innings to earn the win for Auburn.

Bazdanes gave up five hits and four runs with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings for the Bears. Logan Fullmer worked thre shutout innings, allowing two hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.

In the opener, Auburn scored three times in the first inning, then broke it open with a five-run fifth.

Cooper’s two-run home run was the big blow in the fifth, which also included a two-run single by Tella and Dan Glevenyak’s run-scoring double.

Blake Austin added an RBI double and a single for the Tigers to support Justin Camp, who gave up four hits and two runs in four innings of work.

Gay singled twice and scored a run to pace UMaine, which also got a solo homer in the first from Fransoso, along with an RBI single from Sam Balzano of Portland in the seventh inning.

Starter Scott Heath of Westbrook took the loss, surrendering five hits and four runs (two earned) with three walks in two innings.

The Bears return to action Thursday when they open a three-game series at Stetson.

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