UMaine baseball team opens 4-game home series against New York Tech

Posted April 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.



Time, site: Friday, 5 p.m., Saturday (2), 1 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Records: Maine 14-22, New York Institute of Technology 3-33

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Series, last meeting: Maine leads 22-11-1, 0-0 tie on 4/8/08

Key players: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.333, 1 home run, 19 runs batted in, 10 stolen bases), RF Brian Doran (.311, 12 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.303, 15 RBI), 3B Alex Calbick (.280, 2 HR, 16 RBI), DH Scott Heath (.319, 7 RBI); NYIT — CF Joe Daru (.341, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 24 SB), SS Anthony Martelli (.281, 1 HR, 9 RBI), C Nick Sebastian (.280, 2 HR, 17 RBI), 1B Josh Canabal (.247, 11 RBI, 5 SB)

Possible pitching matchups: Maine — RH Shaun Coughlin (2-4, 4.10 earned run average, 25 strikeouts), RH Tommy Lawrence (4-4, 3.97, 63), RH Jeff Gelinas (2-3, 3.06, 20); NYIT — RH Jake Axley (0-2, 7.71 15), RH J.P. Lipovic (0-5, 8.42, 15), RH Matt Diaz (0-6, 8.14, 17), RHP Tommy Cardona (1-1, 4.15, 6)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the series: “We’ve got to try to get our team back on the winning track. We’ve got to go out and do things right. we need to swing the bats and we need our bullpen guys to step up.”

Game notes: The Black Bears hope to re-establish some momentum with a nonleague set against the Bears. UMaine has lost three in a row, while NYIT halted a 19-game losing streak Tuesday, then beat Iona on Thursday. UMaine has been inconsistent of late, scoring only 27 runs in its last 10 Division I games, but hopes to string together a strong series.

NYIT, which is an independent, is batting .234 as a team. UMaine’s Scott Heath is expected to be held out because of a nagging right foot injury.


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