Coach Trimper: UMaine baseball team needs to set up team for tourney run in series at Binghamton

Posted May 10, 2013, at 6:41 p.m.

College Baseball

MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON

Time, site: noon Saturday (2); 1 p.m. Sunday; Bearcats Sports Complex, Vestal, N.Y.

Records: Maine 29-18 (16-7 America East), Binghamton 24-19 (13-10)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 25-18, Maine 5-2, 3-2 on 4/7/13

Key players: Maine — SS Mike Fransoso (.354, 2 home runs, 40 runs batted in, 18 stolen bases), 2B Troy Black (.354, 1 HR, 1 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.318, 18 RBI, 17 SB), 3B Eric White (.308, 4 HR, 24 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.283, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 16 SB) Binghamton — LF Jake Thomas (.356, 3 HR, 31 RBI), 2B Daniel Nevares (.329, 1 HR, 27 RBI), DH Shaun McGraw (.295, 4 HR, 13 RBI), RF Zach Blanden (.259, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (9-2, 2.40 earned run average, 61 strikeouts), RH A.J. Bazdanes (5-5, 3.31, 58), RH Shaun Coughlin (1-1, 3.81, 18) vs. Binghamton — RH Jake Lambert (5-2, 3.80, 58), RH Jack Rogalla (4-3, 2.53, 39), RH Jay Lynch (5-4, 2.48, 44)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the series: “At this point we’re trying to set up our team for the tournament. It’s nice that we’re in the tournament and we want to win it outright, but we want to set our team up and get some guys tuned up with playing time.”

Game notes: Having clinched a playoff berth with six games left, the Black Bears want to play well and build their confidence. UMaine should be more relaxed with the academic semester behind it entering a stretch of six games in five days. Binghamton is batting only .247 in league games, but counters with a staff that boasts a 2.70 ERA and a 3:1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.

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