WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Eric White of Brewer knocked in two runs with a pair of singles and laid down two sacrifice bunts Wednesday to help the University of Maine post a 13-7 baseball victory over Western Michigan at Chain O’ Lakes Park.
The Black Bears (4-6), who collected 12 hits, scored seven times in the first inning against the Broncos to snap a four-game losing streak. Freshman Luke Morrill of South Thomaston worked five innings to earn his first collegiate pitching victory.
The right-hander gave up six hits and five runs in five innings and the bullpen held the lead. D.J. Voisine pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings in relief.
Fran Whitten doubled and singled with two RBIs for UMaine, while Mike Fransoso and Nick Bernardo each stroked two singles. Justin Leisenheimer belted a two-run home run with Colin Gay (three walks), Tyler Patzalek and Sam Balzano of Portland each providing a single and an RBI.
Ryan McMillin led Western Michigan (4-7) with a double, a single and three RBIs. Vinnie Booker had two singles and three runs scored, while Patrick Duncan recorded two singles and an RBI.
The Bears took advantage of wildness by Broncos starter Mike Moyer to score seven times in the top of the first. Moyer walked five and recorded only one out before giving way to Monty Porter, who surrendered eight hits and six runs in 2⅔ innings of relief.
Alex Calbick and Patzalek walked to force in the first two runs before Whitten greeted Porter with a two-run double. An error brought in the fifth run, then Gay and White followed with run-scoring singles.
Western Michigan reached Morrill, who was making his first college start, for four runs in the bottom of the first. McMillin’s two-run double and RBI singles by Duncan and Troy Forton were the big blows.
However, Morrill settled down and gave up only two hits and one run over the next four innings.