Ryan Lukach belted a two-run home run to highlight a four-run sixth inning Saturday that carried the University of Hartford to a 10-5 victory over the University of Maine in an America East baseball matchup at Fiondella Field in West Hartford, Connecticut.
The two teams played only one game after having to clear snow off the field earlier in the day. Sunday’s rescheduled doubleheader was canceled outright because of cold temperatures in the 30s and wind chills dipping into the low teens.
Conditions permitting, UMaine is scheduled to open its home schedule starting on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Albany.
Hartford (7-9, 3-1 AE) piled up 15 hits against three different pitchers for UMaine (8-14), which was playing it conference opener.
Hawks starter Kyle Gauthier (2-3) spread out six hits and allowed only two earned runs in seven innings to pick up the win. He struck out three and walked one.
Senior left-hander Scott Heath of Westbrook (3-2) took the defeat for the Black Bears, allowing seven hits and four runs in five innings. Logan Fullmer was touched up for four hits and four runs in the sixth inning as Hartford put the game out of reach.
Christian Garabedian, getting the start in place of injured starting third baseman Luke Morrill of South Thomaston (hamstring injury), stroked three singles to pace UMaine. Heath belted a three-run home run in the first inning and added a run-scoring groundout in the eighth for the Black Bears, who committed three errors.
Brett Chappell added an RBI single.
Dalton Ruch collected three singles and two RBIs for Hartford, which received three singles from Trey Stover. David MacKinnon (double) and Ben Bengtson each contributed two hits and an RBI. Lukach scored three times.
UMaine jumped in front in the first inning. Sam Balzano reached on an error and Shane Bussey walked, then both rode home on Heath’s blast to right field.
Hartford got a run back in the second when Lukach was hit by a pitch, Stover singled and the Bears committed a fielding error and a throwing error.
The Hawks took the lead for good in the fourth. Heath hit Lukach again and Stover singled to left, before Erik Ostberg hit an RBI single to right-center. One out later, Billy Walker walked, then Ruch plated a run with an infield single and Bengtson delivered an RBI single through left side to make it 4-3.
Hartford added four big runs in the sixth against Fullmer. Walker singled, Ruch reached on an infield hit and Bengtson walked to load the bases. Nick Campana pushed a run across with an infield hit.
UMaine turned a double play, but Lukach jacked a two-run shot to right-center to put the Hawks in charge.