SANFORD, Maine — Luke Morrill stroked a two-run double and delivered two runs with a single to spearhead a 17-hit attack that powered the University of Maine to a 12-3 nonconference baseball victory over Boston College at Goodall Park in Sanford.
Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears (22-26) used the contest as a tuneup for their final America East regular-season series, a three-game set against the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Friday and Saturday at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.
Morrill, a sophomore from South Thomaston who starred at Rockland High School, who has been moved into a starting role at third base after Shane Bussey was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. He came through with two early clutch hits that enabled UMaine to build a 10-2 advantage through four innings.
The Bears had contributions up and down the lineup on Tuesday. Leadoff batter Sam Balzano of Portland drove in three runs with two singles, while No. 2 man Colin Gay and No. 3 hitter Scott Heath of Westbrook (double) provided two hits and knocked in two runs.
Troy Black collected a triple, a double and a single, while Jonathan Salcedo (RBI), Alex Calbick and Nick Bernardo provided two singles apiece.
Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (1-2) picked up his first Division I victory on the mound. He came on in relief of starter Charlie Butler in the third inning and limited Boston College (20-31) to seven hits and three runs (two earned) over the next six innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Burk FitzPatrick retired the side in order in the ninth for the Bears.
Joe Cronin paced the Eagles with two hits and an RBI and Michael Strem also had two hits. Justin Dunn, who was rocked for four hits and five earned runs and walked two in his two-inning relief appearance, was tagged with the loss.
UMaine set the offensive tone in the second inning against Dunn. Black opened the rally with a double down the right-field line, then Brian Doran walked and Bernardo was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
Morrill plated two runs with his double down the right-field line and Bernardo scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Balzano. Gay brought home the fourth run with a single to center and later came home on Heath’s single to center.
Boston College responded with two runs in the top of the third with the aid of an error by the Bears. However, UMaine came back with three runs of its own.
Doran was hit by a pitch, Bernardo singled and Salcedo poked a run-scoring single to center. After Morrill walked to load the bases, a run scored when Balzano got aboard on an error. Gay’s sacrifice fly made it 8-2 and the Bears were on their way.