BOSTON — With the spring semester in the books, the University of Maine baseball team is taking advantage of some other baseball-related activities as it concludes its regular season.
On Monday, the Black Bears visited Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
UMaine coach Steve Trimper said the UMaine contingent took a regular guided tour of the historic ballpark, then received an added bonus as part of its visit.
Red Sox third-base coach Brian Butterfield, himself a former Black Bear baseball player, gave the team a brief impromptu tour behind the scenes.
“Brian’s great,” Trimper said. “He hooked us up and the guys were hanging with Clay Buchholz and Andrew Bailey and got to talk to them.”
The Black Bears are in the middle of a six-day road trip that began with a three-game America East series against Binghamton at Vestal, N.Y. The Bears had Monday off, then will play at Boston College on Tuesday.
That game was originally scheduled to be played at Hadlock Field in Portland, home of the Boston Red Sox’s Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.
However, Trimper explained that because the Sea Dogs had overhauled their field last fall, more work needed to be performed this spring. The work is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, forcing the UMaine-Boston College contest to be rescheduled.
Trimper said he tried to entice Boston College to play in Orono and also at Goodall Park in Sanford, then even tried to negotiate a game at LaLecheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
However, he said Boston College instead would only agree to play a home game in Chestnut Hill. Trimper said the teams are scheduled to meet at Hadlock Field again next spring.
UMaine baseball will head north after Tuesday’s game at BC and is slated to face Holy Cross on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Goodall Park in Sanford.
Trimper also was fortunate Monday to score a few tickets to Game 7 of the National Hockey League playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden in Boston.
“I haven’t been to a Bruins game, ever,” he said.
The University of Southern Maine has received the top seed for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass.
The Huskies, champions of the Little East Conference, will be joined in the eight-team regional by Saint Joseph’s College of Standish, which was seeded sixth. They are among 56 Division III squads to earn postseason bids.
USM (37-7) meets Daniel Webster College (28-10) in Wednesday’s 1 p.m. first-round game. Saint Joseph’s (30-12), the winner of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, plays No. 3 Endicott College in a 4:30 p.m. contest.
The winners of the eight regionals advance to the double-elimination championship May 24-28 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.
Southern Maine is making its 20th NCAA appearance after claiming a second straight LEC Title. Coach Ed Flaherty’s Huskies last advanced in 2001.
The Monks are making their fourth consecutive national tourney appearance and seventh in the last eight seasons.