2 UMaine baseball players accused of burglarizing campus shed

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 10, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.
Lucas Morrill
UMaine photo
Lucas Morrill
Shane Bussey
UMaine photo
Shane Bussey

ORONO, Maine — A pair of University of Maine baseball players are facing burglary charges after they allegedly broke into a campus shed over the weekend and stole tools.

Lucas Morrill, 20, and Shane Bussey, 19, both of Orono, were arrested on Saturday evening, according to UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle.

Nagle said the two student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely from the baseball team by Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper but they have not been suspended from school.

Trimper declined to comment and referred all inquiries to Nagle.

On Saturday, the two men were seen taking equipment from the woodmen’s shed in the university forest, according to Nagle.

University police alerted local departments of the men’s descriptions, and shortly thereafter, Orono police reportedly detained them on campus. Nagle said they had two axes and a hatchet with them upon police finding them in the Hilltop parking lot.

Morrill, a pitcher, and Bussey, an infielder, were arrested without incident and brought to Penobscot County Jail, the spokeswoman said.

Morrill, a Rockland High School graduate from South Thomaston, saw action in 15 games for the Black Bears last spring, including one start. He posted a 2-1 record with a 5.12 earned run average.

Bussey, a Boynton Beach, Fla., native, played in 20 games, including nine starts, and hit .340 with one home run and 12 RBIs last season. He has been competing for UMaine’s starting shortstop job.

UM’s Cosgrove earns honor

UMaine head football coach Jack Cosgrove has been named the 2013 American Football Coaches Association FCS Region 1 Co-Coach of the Year. It is the first such honor in his 21-year career.

Cosgrove shares the Region 1 honor with Fordham’s Joe Moorhead.

Cosgrove previously was named both the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year as well as the New England Football Writers’ Association Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year.

Cosgrove’s team was picked eighth in the CAA preseason poll, but won the league championship. UMaine (10-3) earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA FCS playoffs and hosted its first ever postseason contest. Cosgrove, a two-time Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year (1996, 2001), is an Eddie Robinson Award finalist for the third time.

The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized Jan. 14, 2014, at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

MMA’s George recognized

Maine Maritime Academy senior Nicholas George of Bangor has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Continental Tire New England South All-Region Second Team, it was announced Tuesday.

George, the reigning North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, led the conference in points (28) and was tied for the league lead in goals with 12. With eight goals in October, George helped the Mariners to an eight-game winning streak, which led to a share of the regular season NAC title and a semifinal appearance.

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