June 25, 2018
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Three Black Bears named to Freshman All-American team

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

University of Maine second baseman Troy Black, third baseman Alex Calbick and pitcher Shaun Coughlin have been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American baseball team.

The trio helped lead the Black Bears to their first America East championship and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.

The Bears went 33-24, including a win over Florida International in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional at the University of North Carolina.

Black played in 36 games, starting 28 of them, and hit .363 with 19 runs batted in and 16 runs scored. He finished with a team-best .449 on-base percentage and stole seven bases. The native of Mississauga, Ontario, made just two errors and had a .982 fielding percentage. He was named to the America East All-Rookie team and was also an America East second team selection.

Calbick, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, played in every game and started 56 of them. He hit .280 with five homers, 30 RBIs, 30 runs scored and nine doubles. He hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in the pivotal 8-1 win over top seed Stony Brook in the America East winners’ bracket game. He was also named to the America East All-Rookie Team and was a second team All-America East pick. He made only six errors and was chosen to the America East All-Tournament team.

Coughlin, who is from Northford, Conn., led the team in appearances with 20 and finished with a team-best 2.37 earned run average. He was 3-1 with two saves. In 57 innings, he struck out 34 and walked just 12. He had a stretch of 25 innings without allowing a walk.

“They all had great freshman seasons,” said Maine coach Steve Trimper. “Alex is a great hitter with power. He also played a solid third base. He’s a big, physical kid who will be a middle-of-the-lineup hitter for us next year.

“Troy was a part-time starter at the beginning of the season but got hot at the end of our southern trip and never stopped hitting,” said Trimper. “He played tremendous defense and is going to be a top-of-the-lineup hitter next year. He’s real fast.”

He called Coughlin a “big, strong kid who had unbelievable control. He came out of the bullpen most of the year but, next year, he’ll  be vaulted into a starting role. He knows how to pitch. He’s a true pitcher, not a thrower.”

Fransoso named to All-Region team

University of Maine shortstop Mike Fransoso was named to the Chapel Hill All-Region team as he hit .333 in three games with a triple, double, one RBI and two runs scored. He had two hits apiece in Maine’s 4-1 win over Florida International University and 5-2 loss to James Madison.

He also stole two bases in the tournament without getting thrown out. His seven total bases topped the Black Bears.

He hit .318 on the season with five homers, 33 RBIs and 16 doubles. He also stole 19 bases, scored 43 runs and had three triples.

Fransoso was named to the America East second team and was chosen to the America East All-Tournament team.

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