ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball team has once again gone north of the border to fill a couple of roster spots.
The Black Bears have received National Letters of Intent from two Canadian pitchers, right-handers Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes and Matthew Coppens, according to UMaine head coach Steve Trimper.
Gosselin-Deschesnes comes to UMaine after spending the last two seasons at Clarendon College, a junior college in Texas.
The 6-foot-5 native of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, posted a 4-1 record with one save and a 6.08 earned run average in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, this season. Gosselin-Deschesnes allowed 54 hits in 40 innings with 23 walks and 10 strikeouts.
This summer, he owns a 5-1 record with a 2.83 ERA in 38 2/3 innings for The Orioles/3 Brewers of Montreal in the Quebec Junior Elite Baseball League.
In 2012 at Clarendon, he was 4-4 with a 1.57 ERA in 69 innings, giving up 97 hits with 37 strikeouts.
“He’s not an overpowering guy, 86-88 miles an hour, but he throws a ton of strikes,” Trimper said. “He throws a splitty [split-fingered pitch] for his changeup, [and] actually controls the thing.”
Trimper said the 22-year-old is an excellent student and is expected to be able to complete his undergraduate course work at UMaine during the fall semester, then begin work on a master’s degree. He will have two seasons of eligibility.
Coppens is a 6-9 righty from Ajax, Ontario, who did not attend college during 2012-13 after finishing high school in 2012.
Coppens attracted some interest from pro teams as a free agent, as he was not draft-eligible. He has a lot of potential, according to Trimper.
“He’s got tremendous up side,” the coach said. “He’s got to grow into his body a little bit physically.”
Coppens, 19, throws 88-90 mpg and will benefit from some strength training, Trimper added.
Husson University of Bangor has announced that head softball coach Amanda Bourgoin and Eagles assistant athletic director and men’s lacrosse coach Sean Murphy are leaving the school.
Bourgoin cited family concerns and her job responsibilities in her decision, while Murphy has taken a new position elsewhere.
Bourgoin stepped down after seven seasons, leading Husson to a record and five straight North Atlantic Conference titles that led to NCAA tournament berths. She was the league coach of the year in 2008 and 2009.
The Eagles compiled a 95-9 conference record in her seven seasons and this year beat Bridgewater State for its first NCAA postseason victory.
Bourgoin teaches classes in Husson’s School of Business, and she will continue working at Husson in this capacity.
“With all of my other responsibilities, both professional and family, I can no longer invest the time that is needed to run a successful program at this level,” she said in a press release.
Bourgoin added, “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish here, and I am happy that I can walk away knowing that the program is set up for continued success.”
Murphy and his family will be moving to Indiana, where he will take over as Athletic Director at La Lumiere School.
“Husson is a good place with good people, and my family and I are thankful for the chance to be here for the last three years,” Murphy said in a release.
Murphy has served Husson in many capacities throughout his tenure, including head football coach, Assistant Director of Athletics responsible for Strength and Conditioning and the Clara Swan Fitness Center and, most recently, men’s lacrosse coach in 2013.
The Eagles’ football team went 2-18 in his two seasons, while Husson’s men’s lacrosse squad was 8-9, 6-2 in NAC play, last spring.
A nationwide search to replace both coaches will begin immediately.
UMaine pitcher Tommy Lawrence of West Haven, Conn., has been named the 2013 ECAC Pitcher of the Year and also earned a spot on the ECAC First Team.
In addition, Eric White (Brewer, Maine) was named to the All-ECAC Second Team.
Lawrence was previously named the America East Pitcher of the Year, earned a spot on the All-America East First Team and was on the America East All-Tournament Team.
The right-hander, who will be a senior next season, had an 11-3 record with a 2.32 ERA. His 11 wins set a school single-season record and his 15 starts tied the UMaine mark.
Lawrence set the America East Conference wins record with eight and worked six complete games. He pitched 104 2/3 innings and struck out 78 batters.
White, who also will be a senior, earned a spot on the All-America East First Team. The third baseman hit .347 in 56 games with 38 runs scored and 37 runs batted in. White had 10 doubles and led the team in home runs with six.