May 21, 2018
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Florida Atlantic uses 17-hit attack to beat up UMaine baseball


BOCA RATON, Fla. — Junior left fielder Tyler Rocklein collected five hits and drove in three runs, including an RBI single in a four-run fifth inning that broke the game open, to help Florida Atlantic post a 15-6 baseball win over the University of Maine on Wednesday night.

Trailing 7-1, the Black Bears (9-11) rallied for four runs in the fourth inning to pull within two. Singles by Brian Doran and Fran Whitten and Kyle Silva’s two-run double made it 7-3.

Mike Connolly’s single, Colin Gay’s sacrifice fly, a Troy Black single and a balk produced the final two runs.

But Sean Murrell’s double and an outfield error ignited FAU’s fifth-inning rally and Brendon Sanger singled him home. Levi Meyer hit a sacrifice fly before Mark Nelson and Rocklein provided RBI singles.

The Owls (11-7) unleashed a 17-hit attack. Murrell and Sanger had three hits apiece and Sanger drove in three runs. Meyer had two hits and three RBIs.

Scott Heath of Westbrook had three hits for Maine and Connolly had two in the 12-hit attack.

Maine used eight pitchers, who combined to issue 10 walks.

Bowdoin sweeps Husson

At Lakeland, Fla., brothers Oliver Van Zant and Henry Van Zant pitched Bowdoin College of Brunswick to a doublehead sweep of Husson University of Bangor by identical 7-0 scores.

In the opener, the Bowdoin pitching staff permitted just three hits. Oliver Van Zant allowed two hits in five innings.

John Lefeber had a run-scoring single in the first for Bowdoin while Cole DiRoberto swatted the first homer of the season in the fifth to spark a four-run frame. Aaron Rosen collected three singles.

Dylan Foster, Shawn Smith and Josh Gaudet singled for the Eagles.

In game two, Henry Van Zant went six innings, giving up four hits. Dan Findley keyed a six-run sixth inning with a double. Duncan Taylor had two RBIs.

Cody McInnis doubled for Husson (1-3).

Saint Joseph’s 13, Keene State 6

At Auburndale, Fla., Saint Joseph’s College of Standish beat Keene State College.

For the 6-0 Monks, Nic Lops had three singles and an RBI, Joe Coyne doubled and singled with an RBI, and Brandon Chase had two singles and an RBI.

Joe Gruntkosky gave up hits hits and struck out nine in seven innings.

For the Owls, Nick Vita paced the 4-7 Owls with a double, two singles and an RBI. went 3-4 with three runs, a double and an RBI and Cody Dube added two hits.


UMaine loses twice

At Fort Myers, Fla., the University of Maine softball squad continued its frustrating spring break trip, suffering two losses to extending its losing streak to 22 games.

Valparaiso shut out the Black Bears 3-0 in the first game, then Florida Gulf Coast edged UMaine 3-2 in the second contest.

In the first game, Angie Doerffler’s RBI single highlighted a three-run second inning that accounted for all the runs. Sierra Pico pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks to pace the winners (10-8).

Alexis Bogdanovich was solid in defeat for UMaine (1-22). She scattered seven hits and struck out one.

Makaila Kowalsky and Jessica Burk singled for the Bears.

In game two, Jessica Barnes’ run-scoring single in the fifth inning gave the Eagles the eventual winning run.

Amanda Josie earned the win with four innings of three-hit relief for Florida Gulf Coast (16-9), which received three singles from Tori Williams. Mariah Fernandez hit an RBI double and Barnes added an RBI groundout.

Losing pitcher Hannah Hill posted an RBI single in the first inning for the Black Bears. She allowed seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts and three walks while going the distance.

EmJ Fogel and Burk each singled.

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