Tuesday’s college roundup, baseball: Maine 8, Florida Atlantic 0

Posted March 12, 2013, at 8:24 p.m.
Last modified March 12, 2013, at 10:43 p.m.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Freshman Jacob Marks pitched a three-hit shutout Tuesday night in his collegiate starting debut to propel the University of Maine baseball team to an 8-0 baseball victory over Florida Atlantic University.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound righthander from Sarnia, Ontario, dominated throughout as the Black Bears (9-10) won their third in a row. Marks struck out eight and walked one while throwing 107 pitches, 76 for strikes.

Marks (1-0), a 28th-round draft pick of the New York Mets last summer, retired the first batter in every inning and struck out the side in the eighth inning.

“He just attacked the strike zone all night long,” said UMaine assistant coach Jason Spaulding told Jim Churchill of the Black Bear Sports Network. “[He had] three pitches, the fastball, the changeup and the splitter.

“I’m happy for Jake. He works hard and he pitched a great game for us tonight,” Spaulding added.

Mike Fransoso sparked UMaine’s 11-hit attack with three singles and three RBIs. Troy Black collected three singles, while Sam Balzano of Portland singled twice, scored twice and knocked in a run.

Eric White of Brewer posted a double.

Geoff Jimenez, Tyler Rocklein and Robert Buckley singled for Florida Atlantic (10-7) behind starter Brandon Rhodes, who allowed four hits, three walks and three runs in three innings.

The Bears scored the only run they would need in the first inning. Balzano singled up the middle, Colin Gay was hit by a pitch and Fransoso singled to load the bases.

Scott Heath of Westbrook grounded into a double play that pushed the run across the plate.

UMaine piled on six runs in the fourth. Gay and Fransoso each stroked a two-run single, while Balzano and Alex Calbick each hit an RBI single.

Softball

UMaine drops two games

TAMPA, Fla. — The losing streak for the University of Maine reached 20 games with a pair of losses here Tuesday.

Quinnipiac edged the Black Bears 6-5, then South Florida blanked UMaine 11-0 in five innings in the evening contest.

In the nightcap,

Kourtney Salvarola belted a grand slam in the first inning and added a single for the 16-10 Bulls. Greiner smacked a three-run homer, while Kenshyra Jackson and Lee Ann Spivey each hit a two-run shot during a seven-run third inning.

Lindsey Richardson pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and a walk.

Starter Beth Spoehr (1-6) took the loss for UMaine (1-20).

In the afternoon game, the Bobcats built a 6-2 lead and held on for the win.

Nikki Barba collected three singles with two RBIs to pace Quinnipiac (3-12), while Alex Alba posted two singles and an RBI and Courtney Solt doubled and singled.

EmJ Fogel led the Bears with a double, two singles and an RBI. Jessica Burk doubled and singled with an RBI and losing pitcher Hannah Hill (0-7) provided two singles and an RBI.

Alexis Bogdanovich pitched 2 2/3 innings of four-hit shutout relief for the Bears.

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