ORONO, Maine — Danny Casals belted a three-run homer in a five-run second-inning rally and drove in four runs on the day as the University of Maine baseball team defeated the University of Maine at Presque Isle 11-0 on Tuesday for its sixth win in seven games.
Casals also singled for Maine, which improved to 11-23.
UMPI fell to 8-21.
Tyler Schwanz had four hits, including a double, and Jeremy Pena and Brett Chappell had two singles apiece for the Black Bears. Pena had two RBIs and Chappell had one.
Eddie Emerson, Jonah Normandeau, Connor Johnson, Jake Marks and Charlie Butler combined on a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks. Normandeau was credited with the win.
Matt Cauchon and Matt Curry each singled for UMPI.
Maine baseball lands catcher-infielder
Sophomore Jonathan Bennett, who is hitting a team-leading .431 at Gulf Coast State (junior) College in Florida, has signed to play at the University of Maine beginning next fall.
The lefthanded-hitting Bennett, from Pensacola, Florida, has 56 hits in 43 games with a homer and 27 runs batted in.
He also has a .538 slugging percentage and .519 on-base percentage for the Commodores.
Bennett will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Maine head coach Steve Trimper said in a news release, “We are very excited to add Jon to our 2016 recruiting class. He brings a ton of experience, both behind the plate as a catcher and as an offensive player.
“What is also important is he can play both the infield and the outfield, much like Chris Bec, our other catcher signed from Miami Dade Community. Jon will add a lot of punch to our lineup for the next few years.”
His coming to Maine is contingent upon his admission into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.
Bogdanovich earns AE honor
University of Maine softball pitcher Erin Bogdanovich on Tuesday was named the America East Co-Pitcher of the Week.
Over 14 innings, Bogdanovich held the America East’s top offensive team, Binghamton, to a single run and just five hits. Bogdanovich earned a pair of wins in the series, striking out nine.
In her first start of the weekend, Bogdanovich went the distance to earn the shutout victory, scattering three hits and striking out five while walking none. The junior lefty came back on Sunday and again held Binghamton in check, surrendering one run and two hits while striking out four.