DEL RAY, Florida — Justin Courtney picked up his first win of the season, and the first for the University of Maine baseball team, as the Black Bears defeated Central Connecticut State by a score of 6-3 on Friday afternoon.
Courtney struck out eight while scattering five hits and surrendering just one run over six innings of work.
Tyler Schwanz, Christopher Bec and Lou Della Fera each recorded a pair of hits to lead the Maine offense.
The Black Bears began the scoring in the home half of the second inning. Bec led off the inning with a double before scoring on Jonathan Bennett’s double to the gap in left center. Bennett would move to third on a ground out before scoring on a double steal when Caleb Kerbs was thrown out at second, allowing Bennett to come in the back door from third.
Maine added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Della Fera and Schwanz began the innings with back-to-back singles. Della Fera would come around to score on a throwing error before Schwanz came in on a ground out to put Maine up, 4-0.
Hernen Sardinas’ double in the fourth scored Brandon Vicens with Maine’s fifth run of the day. The Black Bears tacked on another run in the fourth when Sardinas scored after Della Fera reached on an error.
Central Connecticut got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Dean Lockery started the inning with a double. Ryan Costello’s double scored Lockery for the Blue Devils’ first run of the day.
Terry Bowens scored the second run for CCSU when he came in on a wild pitch in the eighth. The Blue Devils cut the lead to 6-3 when Ron Jackson’s groundout brought in Buddy Dewaine.
Jeff Gelinas and the defense shut the door in the ninth as Gelinas earned his first save of the year to secure a 6-3 victory for the Black Bears.