Coach Trimper: UMaine baseball team must be patient, disciplined at plate against Hartford

Posted March 22, 2013, at 8:15 p.m.

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday (2), noon; Fiondella Field, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 11-12 (2-1 America East), Hartford 2-13 (2-1)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 83-25, Hartford 8-7 on 5/13/12

Key players: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.373, 6 RBI), SS Mike Fransoso (.333, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 10 stolen bases), RF Brian Doran (.333, 4 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.317, 9 RBI, 11 SB), CF Colin Gay (.313, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 7 SB); Hartford — 1B Brady Sheetz (.327, 9 RBI), CF Chris DelDebbio (.308, 7 RBI), SS Trey Stover (.333, 2 RBI), RF Ryan Lukach (.314, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB)

Possible pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (2-2, 2.80 earned run average, 25 strikeouts), RH A.J. Bazdanes (2-2, 4.40, 16), RH Mike Connolly (2-2, 2.50, 18); Hartford — RH Kyle Gauther (0-2, 6.64, 17), RH Brian Hunter (1-3, 5.03, 17), LH Sean Newcomb (1-2, 6.75, 21)

Coach Trimper’s keys to the series: “The biggest thing is we’re going to have to get to their bullpen. They have three pretty good starting pitchers, so we have to change our approach offensively and be very disciplined at the plate and make them throw strikes to drive pitch counts up.”

Game notes: The Black Bears are back on the road after the series was moved because of snow at Mahaney Diamond. UMaine took two of three at Stony Brook last weekend and has won five of its last seven. The Hawks snapped a 13-game losing streak by taking two from Albany to open league play. Hartford is batting .231 and has a puffy 7.91 team ERA. UMaine has won 17 of the last 20 meetings dating back to 2009.

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