May 25, 2018
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Lefty Plotkin shuts down UMaine as New York Tech salvages series finale

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — One day after erupting for 14 hits and 11 runs, the University of Maine baseball team found runs hard to come by on Sunday afternoon.

Left-hander David Plotkin limited the Black Bears to eight hits over 8 2/3 innings as the New York Institute of Technology edged UMaine 3-2 in the finale of a four-game nonleague series at Mahaney Diamond.

The Black Bears won Saturday’s game 11-4.

On Sunday, UMaine (17-23) committed a critical error that resulted in the winning run and went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

“They way we are right now, we’ve got to do everything perfect,” said UMaine coach Steve Trimper.

“We can’t make errors and walk six guys,” he added.

The hosts were unable to solve Plotkin (1-3), who mixed a good curveball and a sneaky fastball. The freshman from Miami struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.

“I felt great, everything was working,” said Plotkin, who was able to get ahead in the count using his curve. “That was the main thing that worked for me today.”

UMaine sophomore right-hander Charlie Butler (1-4) pitched 4 1/3 innings of four-hit relief with three strikeouts and a walk.

NYIT (4-36), which stranded 13 runners, plated the one that counted in the ninth.

Nick Sebastian lined a one-out single to right-center. He came all the way around to score when Butler fielded Louis Mele’s chopper to the right of the mound, but threw wide of first.

“I think I fielded it cleanly, I just didn’t set my feet under me and make a good throw,” Butler said.

UMaine threatened in the ninth when Kyle Silva walked and pinch runner Sam Balzano of Portland advanced on Colin Gay’s sacrifice bunt. One out later, pinch hitter Steven Adam reached on an infield single.

Elias Martinez came on and got Jake Osborne on a called third strike to earn the save.

“It was a tough day for our offense,” said UMaine junior Scott Heath of Westbrook, who lined a double and a single off Plotkin.

“He threw a lot of strikes and it put pressure on us to swing at his pitches instead of being able to wait and get the pitch you’re looking for,” he added.

Mele collected a double and three singles to pace NYIT, while Matt DiBiase and Sebastian each had two singles.

Osborne singled twice with an RBI for the Black Bears.

NYIT scored runs in the second and third innings against starter Luke Morrill of South Thomaston, who allowed six hits, struck out five, walked five and threw two wild pitches.

Down 2-0, UMaine scored in the third when Jonathan Salcedo singled and later rode home on Osborne’s single.

The Black Bears tied it in the sixth when Doran stroked a leadoff triple to right and trotted home on Alex Calbick’s sacrifice fly.

On Saturday, Doran laced three doubles and Gay collected three singles as UMaine briefly escaped its offensive funk.

“It reminds us that we can do it. We’re capable of putting up 11 runs a game,” Doran said. “We’ve got to carry that into conference [play] next weekend.”

Calbick, Heath and Adam registered two RBIs apiece to back freshman Jeff Gelinas of Saco (3-3), who gave up two runs and four hits with six strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

“We all talked about having that one big inning and I think we had two or three,” Gelinas said.

“It’s good for us to have a breakout game like this, that’s for sure, for everyone,” he added.

Jack Smith led NYIT with a double and a single and DiBiase stroked two hits. Starter Jake Axley (0-3) took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs with four walks in five innings.

The Black Bears did much of their damage against the NYIT bullpen, scoring nine runs in their final three at-bats.

Adam had a critical two-run single through the middle during UMaine’s four-run sixth.

“We got to their bullpen and it was nice to see some guys get hits for us in key situations,” Trimper said. “Steven Adam broke the game open when they brought the infield in with that big single.”

Calbick lined an RBI single and Heath drew a bases-loaded walk.

“We came out swinging a little hot and put some runs on the board,” said Calbick, who hit an RBI single in the first.

UMaine added four in the eighth on Gay’s single, Balzano’s a run-scoring infield hit, Black’s sac fly and Doran’s RBI double.


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