UMaine baseball team takes two from Florida A&M, completes weekend sweep

Posted Feb. 23, 2013, at 6:11 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Freshmen Logan Fullmer and Charlie Butler combined on a five-hit shutout, leading the University of Maine baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Florida A&M in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Black Bears completed the sweep and earned their fourth straight win with a 6-2 decision against the Rattlers at Eagle Field.

On Saturday at DeLand, Fla., UMaine piled up 19 hits and rode the momentum of a seven-run fourth inning to a 16-4 victory over Stetson University.

In Sunday’s opener, Fullmer allowed only two hits in six innings to earn his first collegiate victory for UMaine (4-5). The righthander struck out five and walked two.

Butler worked the last three innings, scattering three hits with two strikeouts to pick up the save.

Alex Calbick doubled twice and knocked in two runs, Scott Heath of Westbrook hit two singles with two RBIs and Mike Fransoso rapped two doubles and a single amidst the Bears’ 11 hits.

Colin Gay added two singles for the Bears, who tallied two runs in the first and two in the third. Fransoso and Calbick hit RBI doubles in the first, while Heath had an RBI single and Calbick a run-producing double in the third.

Heath plated a run with a single in the seventh.

Ben Robinson singled twice for Florida A&M (0-6) to support loser David Duncan (0-2), who pitched six innings.

In Sunday’s second game, Calbick’s two-run single capped a four-run seventh inning that lifted the Bears to victory.

Fransoso doubled, singled and knocked in two runs for UMaine, while Sam Balzano of Portland and Heath added run-scoring singles. Junior righty Mike Connolly went the distance in the scheduled seven-inning game, allowing six hits and two runs (one earned) with four strikeouts and no walks.

Michael Birdson’s two-run single gave the Rattlers a 2-0 lead in the first, but UMaine scored single runs in the third (Fransoso RBI double) and fifth (Heath infield single) to tie it.

In the seventh, Fran Whitten singled off Heath Blackburn (0-2) and Troy Black bunted for a single before a Colin Gay fielder’s choice. Balzano and Fransoso poked RBI singles, then Calbick stroked a two-out, two-run single to right.

On Saturday, Fransoso rapped three hits, including a three-run double in the big fourth inning for the Bears.

Balzano collected four singles with an RBI and Eric White of Brewer smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning and singled.

Gay posted two singles and an RBI, while freshman Luke Mogel added a run-scoring single.

Senior righthander A.J. Bazdanes earned the win, working 5 ⅔ innings of eight-hit, four-run ball. Freshman righty Burk FitzPatrick pitched 2 ⅔ innings of hitless relief with two strikeouts and two walks and Steve Trask of Saco worked a scoreless ninth.

For 2-4 Stetson, Kevin Fagan hit a three-run double to spark a four-run sixth inning.

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