DeLAND, Fla. — Stetson University scored three runs in the seventh inning Thursday night to gain the upper hand and earn a 6-3 baseball victory over the University of Maine at Melching Field.
The Hatters (2-2) touched up Black Bears pitching for 15 hits, but trailed 2-1 before the seventh-inning rally and a two-run eighth.
Austin Perez earned the win with two innings of three-hit, one-run relief after Kurt Schluter scattered five hits and two runs (one earned) over the first six innings.
Patrick Mazeika led the hosts with a double, three singles and an RBI, while James Rasmussen knocked in two runs with a double and a single. Tyler Babcock and Mitchel Brennan each singled twice with an RBI.
UMaine (0-5) posted eight hits, including two singles each from Alex Calbick and Troy Black. Mike Fransoso doubled and hit a sacrifice fly, while Fran Whitten singled and provided an RBI groundout.
Luke Morrill of South Thomaston spread out six hits and gave up only one run through the first five innings. He walked three, hit a batter and fanned one, but induced three double-play grounders.
Whitten took the loos, surrendering six hits and three earned runs in two innings. He struck out two.
The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Sam Balzano of Portland reached on an error, stole second and rode home on a one-out grounder by Scott Heath of Westbrook.
Stetson equalized in the third on a walk and Mazeika’s two-out double to left-center.
UMaine made it 2-1 in the sixth on one-out singles by Calbick and Eric White of Brewer, a wild pitch and Whitten’s groundout.
The Hatters took the lead for good in the seventh on one-out singles by Tyler Bocock and Mazeika, Rasmussen’s two-run double and Brennan’s run-scoring single.
Stetson made it 6-2 in the eighth on RBI singles by Kevin Fagan and Bocock, before UMaine added a run in the ninth on Fransoso’s sac fly. Calbick lined out to second base with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Bears continue the three-game set Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Connecticut 73, Cincinnati 66 (OT)
Shabazz Napier scored 11 of his 27 points in the extra session to lift the Huskies over the visiting Bearcats in Big East play.
Napier drained three of his six 3-point baskets in the overtime as Connecticut (18-7, 8-5 Big East) won for the sixth time in eight games. DeAndre Daniels added 17 points and four blocked shots for the Huskies.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points to pace Cincinnati (19-8, 7-7). JaQuon Parker scored 14 points and Cashmere Wright added 10 for the Bearcats, who never led in the overtime after Napier began the session with a 3-pointer.
The Huskies led 43-38 after a basket by Daniels with 17:26 left in regulation before going nearly nine minutes without scoring. Cincinnati didn’t move ahead until after the UConn drought ended as Kilpatrick connected on a 3-pointer to give the Bearcats a 46-45 edge with 8:02 remaining.
Another Kilpatrick 3-pointer gave Cincinnati a 49-47 lead and Parker’s basket and two free throws by Cheikh Mbodj pushed the advantage to six. The Huskies finished regulation on an 8-2 run with Napier forcing overtime with a driving basket with 41.4 seconds left.