The University of Maine’s Jeff Gelinas and Scott Heath combined to four-hit UMass Lowell as the Black Bears defeated the River Hawks 2-1 on Sunday in baseball action to complete the weekend sweep at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Gelinas got the start and went six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He improves to 2-2. Heath pitched the final three innings to earn his first save of the season.
Maine beat Lowell on Saturday 5-4 and 3-2. The Bears improved to 13-19 overall and 4-5 in America East while Lowell slipped to 10-13 and 3-5.
Maine jumped out to an early lead on Sunday when Heath led off the second inning and was hit. Alex Calbick singled up the middle and Nick Bernardo was also hit to load the bases.
Heath scored when Jonathan Salcedo hit a sacrifice fly. Calbick scored the second run when Shane Bussey singled up the middle.
UMass Lowell answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Joe Consolmagno walked and scored when Joe O’Keefe grounded out.
On Saturday, Shane Bussey posted a late-inning RBI single in each game, helping lift the Black Bears to the sweep.
Bussey’s RBI single with one out in the sixth inning pushed across the eventual winning run in a 5-4 opening-game win, then the sophomore delivered a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth to give the Black Bears a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
In Game 2, Colin Gay made a diving catch with the potential winning run at third base for the last out of the eighth inning, then singled and scored the game-winner in the ninth.
Charlie Butler, who notched a four-out save in the opener, pitched a scoreless ninth to register his fifth save.
Bussey added a single while Brian Doran (RBI) doubled and singled for the Bears. Troy Black and Jonathan Salcedo had run-scoring singles.
Burk FitzPatrick worked a scoreless eighth inning to claim the win.
Ian Strom had three singles to pace UMass Lowell, while Joe Conosolmagno (RBI) and Luke Reynolds each had two singles. Thulani Denaro took the loss in relief.
Gay sparked the winning rally with a two-out single to left in the ninth off Denaro. Salcedo walked, setting up Bussey’s RBI single through the middle.
The Bears scored single runs in the first and second on Black’s double and Salcedo’s RBI single. The River Hawks tied it against starter Shaun Coughlin in the fifth.
In Game 1, Maine senior right-hander Tommy Lawrence (3-4) scattered 10 hits and four runs over 7⅔ innings, striking out nine with two walks and two hit batsmen.
Butler got the save.
Bussey added a single for UMaine, which posted 10 hits. Calbick (double, single) and Heath (2 singles) each drove in a run, while Bernardo doubled and singled.
Matthew Sanchez paced the hosts with a triple, a double, a single and an RBI. Jacob O’Keefe and Luke Reynolds each stroked two singles. Starter Shane Beauchemin (2-2) was the losing pitcher.
UMaine led 3-2 when it mounted the eventual game-winning run. Heath opened with an infield single and moved to third on Bernardo’s double.
Salcedo plated the first run with a sacrifice fly, then Bussey followed with a run-scoring single to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
UMass Lowell made things interesting in the eighth. Jacob O’Keefe doubled with one out, then Lawrence walked Greg Wilson. One out later, Consolmagno delivered a two-run double to right field.
Butler came on and retired Sanchez for the final out.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sam Balzano of Portland singled, Gay reached on an error, then Black provided a sacrifice fly, Calbick had an RBI double and Heath provided a run-scoring single.
The River Hawks tallied two runs in the third.
The Bears return to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday when they host Colby at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.