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Coach Trimper: UMaine baseball must win innings, keep pressure on, in series at UMBC


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MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Time, site: Noon Saturday (2), noon Sunday, Alumni Field, Baltimore

Records: Maine 18-14 (8-3 America East), UMBC 8-15 (4-8)

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 31-3; UMaine 18-1, 17-11 on 4/7/12

Key players: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.365, 13 runs batted in), SS Mike Fransoso (.344, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 12 stolen bases), RF Brian Doran (.337, 12 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.317, 11 RBI, 12 SB), CF Colin Gay (.306, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 11 SB); UMBC — SS Kevin Lachance (.317, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 SB), RF Jake Barnes (.258, 1 HR, 9 RBI), C Brandon Coluccio (.255, 8 RBI)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (5-2, 2.04 ERA, 45 strikeouts), RH A.J. Bazdanes (4-3, 3.63, 33), RH Sean Coughlin (1-1, 3.66, 15); UMBC — RH Mac Gill (2-1, 3.79, 11), RH Denis Mikush (0-2, 5.11, 11), RH Jon Cohn (2-2, 2.39, 3)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the series: “We need to build off an outstanding week of practice. On a dirt field, we have to try to play as errorless as we can. Offensively, we have to keep winning innings, try to keep the pressure on them, keep piling [the runs] on.”

Game notes: The Black Bears look to extend their lead in the standings against a UMBC team that ranks last with a .214 batting average (3.1 runs per game) and has a 5.31 team ERA in league play. UMaine, which is tops in BA (.283) and ERA (2.93), swept here last season, scoring 76 runs on 76 hits.


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