March 22, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Blue Devils end Black Bears’ win streak at 15

ORONO – The bottom of the order was coming up in the seventh inning and the University of Maine’s Black Bears had to protect a 2-0 lead to nail down an important North Atlantic Conference sweep of Central Connecticut State University.

But Maine’s squandered opportunities came back to haunt the Bears as the never-say-die Blue Devils scored twice to tie it, then won it 3-2 in the top of the eighth on sophomore right fielder Vin Rossy’s towering homer to left.

Central Connecticut’s win, after Maine had won the opener 4-1 behind Mike D’Andrea’s five-hitter and Shanan Knox’s three runs batted in, snapped Maine’s 15-game winning streak.

Maine, 7-1 in the conference and 26-13 overall, maintained a one-game lead over Central Connecticut, 6-2, 19-8, but Northeastern swept New Hampshire and is also 6-2 in the league.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Monday at 1 p.m. with Maine’s Ben Burlingame (2-3 record, 5.47 earned run average) opposing CC’s Paul Caccavale (3-2, 2.48).

Maine sophomore lefthander Larry Thomas had a five-hit shutout entering the seventh, but Brian Massey, the No. 6 hitter, ignited the rally with a line drive single to left.

Pat Smith then grounded a weak ground ball to Thomas’ right that went off the pitcher’s glove for an error.

“The second hop came up higher than I had expected it to,” said Thomas.

Maine Coach John Winkin said, “That was the turning point in the game. That and our inability to capitalize on our chances.”

L.J. Lurz sacrificed the runners along and Bob Stefanik chased Thomas by ripping a run-scoring single to right.

The tying run scored when Bill Gale greeted reliever Rob Higgins with a ground ball single to left on a 3-1 pitch.

“I knew he was going to come in over the top with a fastball because he didn’t want to walk me in that situation,” said Gale.

In the eighth, Rossy blasted a one-out, 1-0 pitch for his game-winning homer.

“I was looking for a fastball and he threw me an inside one,” said Rossy.

Higgins said, “It wasn’t a bad pitch. It was up and in, but it shouldn’t have been as high as it was. He turned on it very quickly.”

Hard-throwing CC starter and winner David Adam walked Tim Scott to open the bottom of the eighth, but Adam got the next three outs to run his record to 5-0.

Maine went 2 for 15 with men on base and 2 for 10 with men in scoring position. The Bears blew a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the fifth when Adam fanned Andy Hartung on three pitches and made a nice play on Craig Ender’s grounder back to the mound.

“We had our chances, but we didn’t hit like we can,” said Hartung. “He pitched well when he had to.”

Maine had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on Brian Seguin’s single and stolen base and Mark Sweeney’s double to right center. Maine made it 2-0 in the fourth on a walk to Sweeney, his stolen base, and Hartung’s sharp single to left.

Adam hurled a six-hitter with six strikeouts and seven walks. He threw 73 strikes among his 149 pitches. He stranded 10 Bears. Thomas hurled 6 1/3 innings of seven-hit, two-run ball with seven strikeouts and two walks.

In the opener, Seguin broke a 1-1 tie with a third-inning homer to left and Knox’s two-out, two-run triple in the fourth gave D’Andrea some insurance runs.

Knox had hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to tie the game after Chuck Lane’s triple and an ensuing overthrow by Seguin had given the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Seguin was surprised when his homer carried over the left field fence.

“When I first hit it, I thought it was a routine fly ball,” said Seguin. “I guess the wind got it.”

CC pitcher and loser Mike Sciortino thought Seguin’s homer was a “pop-up” when it came off the bat.

In the fourth, Gary Taylor’s single and a walk to Chad White set the stage for Knox’s booming triple to dead center field.

“He (Sciortino) had thrown me two curves in my last at-bat, so I expected a fastball and I swung just about as hard as I can,” said Knox.

D’Andrea, now 8-2, fanned three and walked four.

“I didn’t have it today, but I hit my spots, the guys played great defense, and Craig (Ender) called another great game,” said D’Andrea.

Black Bears 4, Blue Devils 1 (First Game)

Central Connecticut Maine

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Gale, cf 3 0 0 0 Knox, 2b 2 0 1 3

Loomis, ss 4 0 1 0 Seguin, ss

3 1 1 1

Sciortino, p-dh 2 0 1 0 Sweeney, cf

2 0 0 0

Rossy, rf 3 0 0 0 Hartung, dh

3 0 0 0

Lane, 3b 1 1 1 0 Ender, c

3 0 0 0

Massey, c 3 0 0 0 Scott, 2b

2 0 0 0

Smith, 1b 2 0 0 0 Taylor, rf

2 2 1 0

MacDougall, lf 3 0 0 0 DeLucia, 1b

3 0 1 0

Stefanik, 2b 2 0 2 0 White, lf

0 1 0 0

Totals 23 1 5 0 Totals 20 4 4 4

Central Connecticut 010 000 0 – 1

Maine 011 200 x

– 4

E – Seguin, Lane

3B – Knox, Lane

HR – Seguin (2)

LOB – Central Connecticut 7, Maine 7

DP – Seguin to Scott to DeLucia (2)

SB – Knox (12), Sweeney (12), Taylor (5)

S – Seguin, Gale

SF – Knox

Pitching Summary

PITCHER IP H R BB

SO

Sciortino (L,2-2) 6 4 4 7

3

D’Andrea (W, 8-2) 7 5 1 4

3

HBP – Stefanik (by D’Andrea)

WP – Sciortino

TIME -1:47

Blue Devils 3, Bears 2 (10 inn.) (Second Game)

Central Connecticut Maine

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Gale, cf 4 0 2 1 Knox, 3b 3 0 0 0

Loomis, ss 3 0 0 0 Seguin, ss

3 1 2 0

Sciortino, 1b 3 0 0 0 Sweeney, cf

1 1 1 1

Rossy, rf 4 1 1 1 Hartung, dh

4 0 1 1

Lane, 3b 3 0 1 0 Ender, c 4

0 0 0

Massey, c 4 0 2 0 Scott, 2b

3 0 0 0

MacDougall, lf 1 1 0 0 Taylor, rf

3 0 0 0

Smith, lf 2 0 1 0 DeLucia, 1b

4 0 1 0

a-Hathorn 0 1 0 0 White, lf

3 0 1 0

Pizzuto, c 0 0 0 0

Lurz, dh 2 0 0 0

Stefanik, 2b 3 0 2 1

Totals Totals

a – ran for Smith in 7th inning

Central Connecticut 000 000 21 – 3

Maine 100 100 00 – 2

E – Thomas

2B – Sweeney, Massey, Lane, Stefanik, White

HR – Rossy (4)

LOB – Central Connecticut 7, Maine 10

DP – Seguin to Scott to DeLucia

SB – Loomis (6), Seguin (11), Sweeney 2 (13, 14), Taylor (6), Hartung (6)

S – Seguin, Lurz

Pitching Summary

PITCHER IP H R BB SO

Adam (W, 5-0) 8 6 2 7

6

Thomas 6 1/3 7 2 2

7

Higgins (L, 3-2) 1 2/3 2 1 1 1

WP – Adam

TIME -2:39


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