MAINE vs. UMAINE-FARMINGTON
Time, site: Thursday, 3 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono
Records: Maine 8-16, UM-Farmington 3-11
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 1-0, UM 11-1 on 5/1/13
Key players: Maine — SS Troy Black (.379, 13 runs batted in, 5 stolen bases), 1B Scott Heath (.362, 5 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.357, 11 RBI), RF Brian Doran (.315, 9 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.310, 5 RBI, 5 SB), 2B Alex Calbick (.271, 1 home run, 12 RBI); UMF — SS Brett Wallingford (.343, 9 RBI), RF Sean Cabaniss (.385, 2 RBI, 2 SB), C Jordan Croteau (.320, 3 RBI), DH Dustin McCrossin (.306, 3 RBI)
Game notes: Conditions permitting, coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears make their home debut with a nonleague contest against the Division III Beavers. UMaine had last weekend’s America East series against UMass Lowell canceled by unplayable field conditions and has not played since a 7-6, 12-inning loss at UMBC on March 23. UMF, which lost both ends of a Wednesday doubleheader against Husson (2-1, 3-1), is in the middle of a busy stretch of games. The Beavers, who have lost 10 straight, are facing a three-game NAC set against Castleton State starting on Friday. The Bears are gearing up for a three-game home series against Hartford beginning on Saturday. Both teams are expected to split up the pitching duties among a handful of players.