University of Maine baseball players Shane Bussey, Bobby Brennan and Tyler Schwanz each recently turned in strong seasons for the Boca Raton Lightning in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League.
Bussey, a junior infielder, compiled a .387 average; Brennan, an incoming freshman, hit .385; and Schwanz, an NCAA Division II transfer, had a .374 average.
The three players hit one through three in the lineup and combined for 100 hits in 262 at-bats with 14 doubles and 43 RBIs.
The 10-team SFCBL is a wooden-bat summer collegiate baseball league which gives amateur players an opportunity to develop their skills and be evaluated by Major League Baseball scouts.
Teams play a 40-game regular season schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week in July.
UMaine kickoff returner on football watch list
University of Maine kickoff returner Damarr Aultman has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards FCS Kickoff Returner Award Watch List.
“Aultman enters the 2014 season as one of the most dynamic players in the [Football Championship Subdivision],” CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said in a news release.
In 2013, Aultman returned 25 kickoffs for 625 yards and a touchdown. The senior returner ranked third in the CAA in kickoff return yards per game and averaged 25 yards per return. Aultman’s return touchdown came in a season-long 88 yard kickoff return for a score in Maine’s NCAA playoff loss against New Hampshire.
Watch list recipients are selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.
CAA TV package includes four Maine games
The CAA 24-game television package announced Tuesday includes four University of Maine football games.
The conference’s broadcast partners are NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Regional Networks and American Sports Networks. NBC Sports Regional includes Comcast SportsNet, which will carry Maine’s game at Towson at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.
The next two Maine games will be carried by ASN at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 when Maine visits Stony Brook and at noon on Oct. 25 when the Black Bears visit Rhode Island. NBCSN will show the final Maine contest when the Bears host New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.
UMaine moves videoboard movie to Thursday night
Due to a Wednesday night forecast of bad weather, the showing of “Frozen” on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium will now be held at 8 p.m.Thursday.
The movie is free and will be shown on UMaine’s new videoboard, which is located in the end zone next to the field house parking lot facing Morse Field at Alfond Stadium on the University of Maine campus in Orono.