College roundup: Gay, Lawrence propel UMaine baseball team past Northwestern

Posted March 14, 2014, at 8:22 p.m.
Last modified March 14, 2014, at 10:19 p.m.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Colin Gay collected four hits, including two doubles, and scored two runs Friday afternoon to lead the University of Maine to an 8-4 baseball victory over Northwestern at Chain of Lakes Park.

Steven Adam (RBI), Scott Heath and Brian Doran each stroked two singles among 13 hits for the Black Bears, who improved to 6-12.

Senior right-hander Tommy Lawrence (1-4) picked up his first win of the season, spreading out 10 hits and four runs over six innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Junior Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes earned his second save, giving up three hits in three scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks.

UMaine did not commit an error.

Jack Livingstone paced Northwestern (3-12) with a double, three singles and an RBI. Matt Hopfner posted three singles and an RBI and Joe Hoscheit had two singles and drove in a run.

Reed Mason was touched up for 11 hits and seven earned runs in 5⅔ innings.

The Black Bears snapped a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning when Heath and Doran hit one-out singles and Shane Bussey lined an RBI double to left-center.

UMaine made it 5-3 in the fifth on Gay’s leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt by Troy Black and Adam’s run-scoring single to right.

The Bears extended the advantage to four runs in the sixth. Bussey drew a one-out walk, Skylar Mercado beat out an infield single with two out and Gay followed with an RBI double. Black’s infield single pushed the lead to 7-3.

UMaine returns to action Saturday with two games. The Bears play Bowling Green at 10 a.m. and face Evansville at 2 p.m.

Suffolk sweeps Husson

At Auburndale, Fla., Greg Speliotis pitched a four-hit shutout to lift Suffolk University to a 1-0 victory over Husson University of Bangor in the first game of a doubleheader. The Rams won the second game 4-3 in 10 innings.

Speliotis struck out five and walked four while making the single run stand up.

Luke Ronchi singled three times for Suffolk and Jake Cintolo doubled and singled.

Brandon Reilly was the tough-luck loser for the Eagles. He allowed six hits and the unearned run in six innings. He fanned three and walked a batter.

Pat Thibodeau doubled and singled to spark Husson.

Suffolk scored in the top of the sixth inning. Cintolo hit an infield single and moved to second base on a fielder’s choice that was the second out. He scored on an error.

In Game 2, Ronchi hit a sacrifice fly to score Rob Marks (walk) with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Suffolk to the win.

Frank Tierney pitched 3⅔ innings of scoreless, two-hit relief to help the Rams prevail. Jon Lapolla’s two-run homer was a key blow for the winners, who managed only four hits.

Husson received seven innings of one-hit, three-run ball from Dan Whitney (five walks). Zachary Yates took the loss.

Josh Gaudette hit a double and a single with two RBIs for the Eagles and J.T. Whitten singled twice.

UMF sweeps Colby-Sawyer

At Winter Haven, Fla., Dustin McCrossin’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Beavers to a 3-2 win in the first game, then Joe Sullivan fired a six-hit shutout as the University of Maine-Farmington completed the sweep with a 4-0 victory.

In the opener, the Beavers rallied for two runs in the seventh to take their season opener. Ben Keene and Sean Cabaniss each hit two singles to support Kyle Peterson, who pitched a two-hitter with four strikeouts and a walk.

Jon Wylie had an RBI single for the Chargers (3-7).

In Game 2, Sullivan struck out nine and walked one to get the win. Sean Cabaniss (double) and Tom Grady each posted two hits with an RBI and Grayson Beressi had a run-scoring single for UMF.

Vinny Monahan singled twice for Colby-Sawyer.

Softball

UMaine drops 2 games

At Clearwater, Fla., the Black Bears gave up 21 runs in two games, losing 11-5 to Miami of Ohio and dropping a 10-2 decision to Boston University.

In the first game, Miami scored four runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth en route to the win. Bree Lipscomb drove in five runs with grand slam and an RBI single to pace the Redhawks.

Allie Larrabee doubled twice and singled with two RBIs and Taylor Shuey singled twice for Miami.

EmJ Fogel doubled and singled (RBI) to lead UMaine (6-7), while Rachel Harvey (double, single) and Kristen Koslosky (two singles) each knocked in a run. Shelby Obert provided a two-run double to support relief loser Alexis Bogdanovich.

Miami broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the fifth, which included RBI doubles by Larrabee and Remy Edwards.

In the second game, Boston University built a 7-0 lead on the way to the win.

Brittany Clendenny racked up four singles and four RBIs for the Terriers (9-9), while Chelsea Kehr drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Jayme Mask added a double, single, RBI and four runs scored.

Lauren Hynes earned the win, giving up six hits and two runs in 5⅓ innings.

Jessica Burk was the Bears’ offensive catalyst with two singles and Maddie Moore smacked a two-run double among seven hits. Hannah Hill surrendered 13 hits and 10 runs, only five of which were earned, as UMaine committed three errors.

Men’s Lacrosse

Mass. Maritime 13, MMA 5

At Castine, Massachusetts Maritime used a 6-0 scoring run in the first half to spark a in over Maine Maritime in the first game of the inaugural Maritime Cup.

The Buccaneers, who also won the Admirals Cup for the second straight season, remained perfect at 2-0, while the Mariners fell to 0-2.

Drew Prowse and Dylan Freudenberg paced the Buccaneers (2-0) with three goals each, Reed McLean and Sean Staples added a pair of scores and Ryan McNeil, Nicholas Foley and Anthony Kurylak each netted a shot. Freudenberg also recorded a game-best three assists and Paul Plainten picked up the win with four saves in goal.

Bronson Guimond and Justin Lovely both scored twice to lead the Mariners (0-2) and Nick Snelling added a goal. Lovely also registered Maine Maritime’s lone assist and James Wilgus stopped four shots.

Track & Field

USM’s Ruginski an All-American

At Lincoln, Neb., University of Southern Maine junior Jamie Ruginski earned All-America honors in the long jump on Friday during the opening day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Ruginski finished third among 15 competitors with his school-record-tying jump of 23 feet, 7 ¼ inches. It came on his fifth attempt.Dominique Neloms of Wisconsin-Lacrosse won the event at 24-1½.

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