WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Fairfield University erupted for five runs in the eighth inning Sunday on its way to an 8-4 baseball victory over the University of Maine at Chain O’ Lakes Park.
Right-hander Scott Warwick shut out the Black Bears for six innings, then the Stags scored eight runs in the next two innings to pull away.
On Saturday, Shaun Coughlin pitched a six-hitter, setting the tone for UMaine’s 6-1 victory over Bowling Green.
On Sunday, UMaine junior Jeff Gibbs (0-3) made a quality start, allowing three hits and two runs in six-plus innings. However, the bullpen was unable to keep Fairfield off the board.
The Bears return to Orono from their spring break trip with a 5-8 record.
Alex Calbick hit two doubles to pace the UMaine offense, while Colin Gay posted a pair of singles. Mike Fransoso and Nick Bernardo each added a double among the Bears’ 10 hits.
Ryan Plourde keyed the Fairfield offense with two doubles and four RBIs. Michael Bennett stroked two singles and knocked in two runs and Tyler Wosleger doubled and singled.
Warwick (2-1) spaced three hits while striking out five and walking two.
Gibbs, who struck out five and walked two, departed with runners at first and second and nobody out in the seventh, but Fran Whitten couldn’t keep the Stags (5-7) off the board.
Wosleger opened the seventh with a double and Gibbs was lifted after walking Anthony Hajjar. Whitten was greeted by Plourde’s run-scoring double, then Sebastian Salvo followed with a sacrifice fly. Bennett’s RBI single made it 3-0.
The Bears got one run back in the bottom of the inning. Whitten, Troy Black and Gay all singled, before freshman Sam Balzano of Portland worked a bases-loaded walk. They could not score again.
Fairfield, coached by former University of Vermont head coach Bill Currier, then touched up Whitten and Mike Connolly for five runs in the eighth. UMaine could not make up the difference.
In Saturday’s game, sophomore right-hander Coughlin (1-1) struck out seven and hit a batter in pitching his second career complete game. Coughlin struck out the side in the ninth inning to close it out.
Tyler Patzalek and Balzano paced the offense for the Bears with two singles and an RBI each. Fransoso doubled and singled among UMaine’s 11 hits.
Alex Davison singled twice and knocked in the only run for the Falcons (3-11).
The Bears scored all the runs they would need, snapping a scoreless tie in the fourth inning against starter and loser Andrew Lacinak. Fransoso drew a leadoff walk and moved up on a balk.
Patzalek followed with a run-scoring single to left field. Justin Leisenheimer stroked a double, setting up Kyle Silva’s RBI double and RBI singles from Calbick and Balzano.
The Bears tacked on a run in the fifth on Leisenheimer’s sacrifice fly, then scored another in the sixth when Calbick walked and came home on Black’s single.
Bowling Green got to Coughlin in the fifth on Jeremy Shay’s double and an RBI single by Davison.