ORONO, Maine — Sean Newcomb has drawn comparisons from major league scouts to Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox and Oakland’s Scott Kazmir.

For the moment, he’s dominating at the Division I level.

On Sunday, eastern Maine baseball fans will have the opportunity to see one of the top baseball prospects in the country when Newcomb and the Hartford Hawks arrive for a three-game set against the University of Maine.

“It’s kind of a special treat for us to get a chance to try to beat him,” said UMaine coach Steve Trimper. “It’s going to be a very tough task, but you’re only going to see a pitcher like this once every 10-15 years.”

The America East Conference series, which was pushed back a day because of Saturday’s rainy forecast, will feature a 1 p.m. Sunday doubleheader and a 3 p.m. Monday single game, both at Mahaney Diamond.

UMaine (9-16, 1-2 AE) looks to get back on track after unplayable field conditions last weekend forced the Black Bears to cancel a scheduled three-game league series against UMass Lowell.

Hartford (13-10, 3-2 AE), perennially among the bottom-tier teams in America East, is building off a solid 2013 campaign and appears headed for its best record since 1992.

The Hawks’ mound maestro is Newcomb.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound left-hander recently was ranked as the No. 9 college prospect this season and is one of seven pitchers on that list, compiled by Perfect Game. Trimper said Newcomb is considered a potential first-round draft pick this year.

Newcomb goes into the weekend with a 3-1 record and an unblemished 0.00 earned run average. He is the only Division I pitcher in the country not to have allowed an earned run this season.

Newcomb, who features a fastball in the mid-90s along with a curveball and a slider, has surrendered only 14 hits and a single unearned run in 39 2/3 innings. He has racked up 46 strikeouts and 19 walks without any hit batsmen or wild pitches.

Opponents are batting .111 against him.

“His fastball’s above what we usually see, even at the highest levels of the Miamis or Clemsons,” Trimper said. “Then he’s throwing an 87-to-88 [mph] slider.”

He is the mostly heralded Hartford player since Jeff Bagwell was drafted by the Red Sox in 1989.

Newcomb wasn’t highly recruited coming out of Middleboro, Mass., where he grew up with former UMaine pitcher and catcher Mike Connelly, who is now in the San Francisco Giants organization.

However, he has continued to develop and mature at Hartford.

“I think he physically grew into his body over the years. He always had a good arm,” Trimper said.

UMaine split two games against Newcomb last year. The Bears had five hits and five walks against him in only four innings in a March 24 victory at Hartford.

However, Newcomb (5-4 in 2013) bounced back on April 28, hurling a three-hit shutout and outdueling Connolly and the Bears 1-0 in a nine-inning game.

Controlling his pitches, especially his breaking stuff, has been a huge key this season for Newcomb, a former defensive end who reportedly had considered playing college football.

He is expected to work Sunday’s opener and will square off against UMaine ace right-hander Tommy Lawrence (2-4).

“We want to match Tommy up against him and have a great pitching duel,” Trimper said.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...