ORONO, Maine — Eric White of Brewer, the starting third baseman last season for the University of Maine baseball team, has opted not to play his senior season, according to head coach Steve Trimper.
Trimper said he met with White at the end of the 2013 season and at that time White indicated that he did not plan to play summer baseball and likely would not return to the team in the fall.
“He wanted to concentrate on his school work his senior year to make sure he graduates on time and really wanted to take some time and focus on academics,” Trimper said.
“We’ll miss him on the time, but we respect the fact he wants to work on some other avenues,” added Trimper, who stressed that White is a good student.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound infielder did not respond to repeated requests for an interview from the BDN to discuss his decision.
Trimper is holding out hope White might change his mind in the next few months and said some scholarship money is being held for that possibility.
In the meantime, White got engaged this summer to his girlfriend, Whitney Norton of Jonesport, according to a July 29 post on his Facebook page.
He ranked fourth on the team with 38 runs scored and in addition to conference accolades was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Northeast Region second team and the ECAC Division I second team.
White won the third-base job last fall after classmate Alex Calbick made the move to first base. He helped UMaine post a 37-22 record, including a 22-10 conference mark, on its way to the America East regular-season title and a spot in the league championship game, which was won by Binghamton.
It was a big turnaround for White in his first season as a starter as he had compiled a .210 career batting average in 50 games, including 33 starts, during his first two years.
White was a two-time all-state choice for coach Dana Corey at Brewer High School and also earned consecutive Zone 1 American Legion Most Valuable Player awards in 2010 and 2011. He also was the goaltender on Brewer hockey state championship squads in 2007 and 2009.
The departure of White marks the third time in the last four seasons that a former Maine high school star third baseman has left the program.
Former Old Town star Jarrett Lukas hung up the spikes after his sophomore season in 2009 and former Gardiner standout Kyle Stilphen stepped away in 2010 after two seasons. Each had been the recipient of the Dr. John Winkin Award presented to the state’s top senior player.