Kevin McAvoy led the Black Bear attack
May 11, 2008
BURLINGTON, Vermont-- The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with Vermont today in Burlington, VT. The Black Bears won the first game by the score of 16-5, but fell in the second game by the score of 9-1. After the split, the Black Bears' record stands at 19-26-1 overall, and 7-13 in America East play. The Catamounts now stand at 24-21, and 10-10 in America East. The Black Bears were led by Kevin McAvoy (Brewer, Maine) who had four hits and four RBI in the two game set.
In the first game, the Black Bears jumped on the Catamounts right away as Billy Cather (Worcester, Mass.) and Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) led off with back-to-back singles. After Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao) struck out, Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y.) singled, scoring Cather. McAvoy followed with a single of his own to load the bases. Jarret Lukas (Old Town, Maine) walked to score Martin. The Catamounts were able to get one back in the bottom of the inning, but Maine still had a one run lead.
Maine increased the lead in the second due to the leadoff work of Danny Menendez (Miami, Fla.). Menendez singled to lead the inning off, then stole second. Menendez then hustled home on a wild pitch to give Maine a two-run lead. The Black Bears got two more when Smith singled in Cather who had gotten on base courtesy of walk and advanced on a wild pitch. After a Lugbauer walk, McAvoy singled to score Smith.
The Catamounts scored three runs in the third to close the lead to one run at 5-to-4.
Maine padded its lead in the fourth when Martin and Smith hit back-to-back doubles followed by a McAvoy single that knocked in Smith.
The Black Bears stretched the lead to 8-to-4 in the sixth when Lugbauer homered to right field. Vermont got one back in the bottom of the inning, but the Black Bears put the game out of reach in the seventh.
Lukas singled to start off the seventh inning, then advanced to third courtesy of a wild pitch and a Kevin Jackson (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) ground out. Menendez singled to knock in Lukas, and was followed by a Cather single. Mark Ostrander (Hopkinton, Mass.) grounded out to score Menendez. After Smith was intentionally walked, he advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lugbauer was walked and McAvoy double to score two. The Black Bears would score four more to make the final score 16-5.
Cather, Martin, Smith, Lugbauer, Lukas and Menendez had two hits apiece to lead a balanced Black Bear attack. Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt.) led Vermont with three hits.
Joe Miller (Valley Stream, N.Y.) went four innings to pick up the victory, scattering five hits and four runs. Miller's record now stands at 5-2 on the season. Jim Cox (Bangor, Maine) pitched stellar in relief, going three innings, giving up only three hits and one run while striking out two. The save was Cox's second of the season.
In the second game, the Catamounts scored three runs in the first, three in the third, and one in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to take nine run lead into the bottom of the ninth before the Black Bears got on the scoreboard.
Matt Howard (Weston, Mass.) had a hit and an RBI to lead Maine. Massie had three hits for Catamounts.
Alejandro Balsinde (Miami, Fla,) pitched 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs. His record fell to 2-6 on the season. Justin Albert (Hull, Mass.) pitched the complete game for Vermont, giving up five hits and one run.
Maine returns to action next Thursday when the Black Bears travel to Binghamton for a 3 p.m. game.