PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Lehigh University scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning on Wednesday afternoon and pulled away for an 11-4 baseball victory over the University of Maine.
Connor Faust rapped a two-run single in the fifth for the Engineers (3-5) and provided two other singles and another RBI. Lehigh collected 13 hits against five different Black Bear pitchers.
John Elson singled three times and knocked in a run for the winners, while Patrick Donnelly posted two singles and an RBI. Mike Garzillo had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
Kevin Long spread out seven hits and two runs through six innings, and he struck out five to pick up the win for Lehigh. Nick Cassell worked the final three innings for the save.
Colin Gay paced UMaine (3-8) with three singles and one RBI, Scott Heath doubled and singled, and Brian Doran provided two singles. Alex Calbick smacked a solo home run in the fifth inning, and Jon Salcedo hit a solo shot in the ninth.
Freshman starter Jeff Gelinas of Saco (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five hits and four runs with six strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman in 4 ⅓ innings. The bullpen then was touched up for six hits and seven runs before Jake Marks worked two scoreless innings to close it out.
The Black Bears committed two errors which resulted in three unearned runs in the fifth.
RMU Springfield 84, UMFK 64
At Lemont Furnace, Pa., Robert Morris University-Springfield scored the first 16 points of the contest en route to a 15-point halftime lead that paved the way to victory over the University of Maine-Fort Kent in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament.
Cassandra Baker registered a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds and added five assists and two steals to propel the third-seeded Eagles to 15-8. Tamara Abu Tayeh posted 15 points for the winners, and Madison Merano added eight points and seven rebounds.
RMU-Springfield shot 46 percent from the field, outrebounded UMFK 54-47 and overcame 26 turnovers.
Alexis Warne led the No. 6 Bengals (12-8) with 13 points and nine rebounds. Sam Carapellucci logged a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, while Jasmin Rowland grabbed 10 rebounds to go with five points.
UMFK shot only 30 percent and missed 15 of its 29 free throws.
Mainers named All-Americans
A handful of basketball players from Maine colleges have been recognized as All-Americans in the USCAA.
Olivia McNally of the University of Maine-Presque Isle has been named to the USCAA Division I All-America First Team. The 5-foot-4 guard from Sherman led the 18-8 Owls with 16 points per game, and she shot 39 percent from the 3-point range and 81 percent from the foul line.
McNally averaged 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals.
Michael Warner, a senior at UMPI, was a USCAA Division I second-team choice. The 6-3 swingman shot 46 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the foul line. He led the Owls with 15.4 points per game. He also averaged 5.6 rebounds.
Jose Nouchanthavong of Westbrook and Danielle McCusker of South Portland represent Southern Maine Community College of South Portland on the USCAA Division II Second Team.
Nouchanthavong, a junior point guard, led the Seawolves in scoring (15.7 ppg) and assists (5.7).
McCusker, a senior shooting guard, led the Seawolves in scoring (16.0 ppg) and free-throw percentage (.740). She ranked second on the team with 2.6 assists and averaged 5.5 rebounds.