Three-run home run in 9th helps Maine baseball team beat Northeastern

Posted March 04, 2014, at 8:54 p.m.
Last modified March 04, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
Kyle Silva
University of Maine
Kyle Silva

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Maine’s Kyle Silva belted a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and the Black Bears scored in the 10th for a 6-5 baseball victory over the Northeastern Huskies Tuesday.

Silva sparked the Bears with two hits and four RBIs as they improved to 3-7 while NU slipped to 3-6.

Sophomore righthander Charlie Butler pitched the final two innings without surrendering a run to earn the victory and is 1-0. He struck out three.

NU scored first with a Joey Scambia RBI double in the second, followed by Brad Burcroff’s solo home run in the third.

Maine tied it in the fifth when Colin Gay hit a run-producing double and Silva added an RBI single.

The Huskies responded with a two-run sixth inning with Gabe Levanti hitting an RBI single and Josh Treff adding a sacrifice fly. They added another run in the eighth on Mike Piscopo’s RBI single up the middle.

The Bears rallied in the ninth when Silva’s three-run homer scored Scott Heath and Brian Doran. Heath drew a walk and Doran singled.

Maine scored the winning run in the 10th on an error. Brenden Geary led off and reached on an error. Shane Bussey followed and reached on a fielder’s choice. Bussey moved to second base when Patrick Coughlin grounded out and scored the winning run when Gay reached on an error.

Luke Morrill got the start on the mound for Maine and went 3⅓ innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Burk FitzPatrick went 2⅔ innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Shaun Coughlin pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on four hits.

Maine continues its Florida swing with a game against Lehigh at noon Wednesday.

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Maine records first victory

At Tampa, Fla., senior right-hander Kylie Sparks scattered eight hits and didn’t walk a batter to give the Black Bears their first victory of the season 2-1.

Sparks (1-1) struck out five. South Florida (15-5) beat Maine (1-2) in the day’s second game 8-0 in five innings.

In the first game, freshmen Felicia Lennon and Samantha Ralphs each recorded two hits and drove in a run to spark the Black Bears.

Ralphs smacked a one-out double to the gap in right center to score Jessica Burk in the second inning. Burk led off with a single and moved up on an EmJ Fogel groundout.

An RBI double by Western Michigan’s Marlee Wilson tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but Maine responded in the seventh with Lennon’s game-winning RBI single.

Shelby Obert, pinch-running after Jean Stevens drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and scored on Lennon’s two-out single.

In the second game, South Florida’s Sara Nevins allowed only one hit, struck out eight and walked two to shut out the Black Bears.

Lee Ann Spivey sparked the offense with a grand slam.

Burk had a fourth-inning single for the Black Bears.

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