ORONO, Maine — Tuesday night’s game against the University of Maine was sandwiched between six conference games for the Thomas College baseball team.
The Terriers’ lack of pitching opened the door for a prolific offensive effort by the Division I Black Bears.
UMaine racked up 21 hits and received a solid combined performance by seven different pitchers in cruising to a 19-3 victory over Division III Thomas on a cold, damp night at Mahaney Diamond.
Junior Kyle Silva hit a grand slam, a double and a single with three runs scored to spearhead the attack for coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears (18-14). Mike Fransoso stroked a triple, a double and a single, knocked in four runs and scored three times.
Brendan Geary doubled twice with an RBI, Fran Whitten doubled and singled and plated a run and Troy Black (RBI) singled twice for UMaine. The Bears also got a double and a single from Shane Bussey and Colin Gay scored three runs.
Burk FitzPatrick pitched two hitless innings with two strikeouts while starter Jake Marks (2-0) was credited with the win with two innings of no-hit, one-run ball. Charlie Butler, Steve Trask of Saco, Sean Coughlin, Luke Morrill of South Thomaston and Logan Fullmer also pitched for the Bears.
Zack Groat led Thomas College of Waterville (5-12) with a single and a sacrifice fly. Brett Sommers added a double among four hits.
The Terriers issued 12 walks.
UMaine built a 7-1 lead after two innings, with Fransoso delivering a two-run single during a three-run first and adding a run-scoring double as part of a four-run second.
The Bears broke the game open with a nine-run uprising in the fourth. It included Silva’s slam, a two-run double by Nick Bernardo, a run-scoring double off the bat of Geary and RBI singles from Whitten and Fransoso.
UMaine returns to action Saturday with a noon America East doubleheader at Maryland Baltimore County. Thomas is scheduled to face UMaine-Farmington in a 2 p.m. North Atlantic Conference twinbill Wednesday in Waterville.