Black, Balzano propel Maine baseball team by Thomas

Troy Black
University of Maine
Troy Black
Sam Balzano
Sam Balzano
Posted April 08, 2014, at 8:58 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Troy Black posted a triple and a single and Sam Balzano singled twice as the University of Maine earned a 10-2 baseball victory over Thomas College at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.

The Black Bears (10-19) were the beneficiaries of 10 walks and two hit batsmen by the Terriers in halting a three-game winning streak.

Nick Bernardo stroked a run-scoring triple and Colin Gay knocked in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly for UMaine, which plays three America East games at UMass Lowell this weekend.

Shane Bussey reached base four times with a single and three walks, along with an RBI, while Jake Osborne added a run-producing single among the Black Bears’ eight hits.

Starting pitcher Logan Fullmer (2-1) spread out six hits and one run with four strikeouts and three walks over the first 3 ⅔ innings. Charlie Butler worked 1⅓ hitless innings, while Burk FitzPatrick pitched two hitless frames with three strikeouts.

Garrett Emery collected three singles for Division III Thomas College of Waterville (4-12), which visits Husson University of Bangor on Wednesday in a 5 p.m. North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Ethan Henderson hit two singles for the Terriers, who finished with eight hits and committed three errors.

Starter Dylan McNally (0-2) took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs with four strikeouts and three walks over four innings.

UMaine scored all the runs it would need in the second inning. Brian Doran worked a leadoff walk and trotted home on Bernardo’s triple to the gap in left-center.

Two outs later, Bussey singled up the middle to score Bernardo, then Balzano singled to right field. That set up Gay’s run-scoring single to left that made it a 3-0 ballgame.

Thomas got a run back in the fourth as Ross Sanders, Emery and Nate Peasley singled to load the bases, setting up an RBI walk by Anree Benitez.

The Bears countered with three runs in the fifth. Black led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Tyler Keller came on and walked Alex Calbick and hit Doran with a pitch. Calbick scored after a wild pitch and a balk and, one out later, Jake Osborne hit an RBI single to center to make it 6-1.

Women’s Lacrosse

Thomas 17, UMF 3

At Waterville, Thomas junior Jennifer Day had a career-high nine goals in route to her 100th career goal as the Terriers (5-4 overall, 3-0 North Atlantic Conference) defeated the University of Maine at Farmington (2-6, 0-3).

Miranda Tinsman and Jillian Lambert each found the back of the net to start the second half for Thomas, followed by two UMF goals scored by Maddi Kadnar and Ayla Allen. The Terriers went on a 5-0 run to end the contest, including Day’s 100th tally at the 7:37 mark that was assisted by Erin Nelligan.

Allie McCarthy made eight saves for Thomas and Hannah Goodenow had nine for UMF.

 

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