June 21, 2018
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Coach Trimper: UMaine baseball team needs to get offense on track against UMaine-Presque Isle

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Time, site: Tuesday, 5 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Records: Maine 25-17, UMPI 12-22

Series, last meeting: first meeting

Key players: Maine — SS Mike Fransoso (.340, 2 home runs, 32 runs batted in, 16 stolen bases), DH Mike Connolly (.344, 1 HR, 12 RBI), 2B Troy Black (.328, 1 HR, 16 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.321, 18 RBI, 14 SB), RF Brian Doran (.313, 17 RBI); UMPI — 1B Carlos Villoria (.407, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 9 SB), SS Jordan Duffy (.362, 13 RBI), 2B Justin Bergeron (.316, 10 RBI), LF Tanner Marshall (.272, 1 HR, 16 RBI)

Possible pitching matchup: Maine — RH Logan Fullmer (1-3, 5.97 earned run average, 27 strikeouts); UMPI — RH Jordan Perry (3-2, 7.12, 8)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the game: “We need to get our offense going. We have to get back to manufacturing runs the way we are capable of, with speed, the hit-and-run, etc.”

Game notes: The Division I Black Bears won’t take the Division III Owls for granted, especially after UMaine’s recent scare against Colby. UMaine has lost two in a row while struggling to score runs. UMPI, which competes as an independent, had won five straight before Sunday’s doubleheader loss to Newbury. Coach Leo Saucier’s Owls have 13 in-state players on their roster.


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