May 16, 2013

Maine's star shortstop goes down, but not out

Senior Michael Fransoso, a shoo-in for America East player of the year, is hit in the eye by a pitch.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Michael Fransoso

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UMaine pitcher Tommy Lawrence entertains fans during a rain delay. The game against Holy Cross had to be called off in the first inning.

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Fransoso grew up playing hockey, so he's a fan of the game, but he's nowhere near as passionate as Heath.

"Scott Heath is probably the most die-hard Bruins fan you will ever meet in your life," Fransoso said. "I've never seen a kid so fired up in my life. He was like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning."

The Black Bears had gone directly to Boston after taking two of three from Binghamton last weekend in New York to clinch their first America East title since 2006. They enter the final weekend of the regular season having won seven of nine, and will open the conference tournament Wednesday afternoon against a fourth seed to be determined.

Binghamton and Albany are in. Stony Brook and Hartford will square off to determine the final qualifier. All four teams are within three games of each other.

"We're going to be resting a lot of our pitchers this weekend," Trimper said. "The good news is, the fourth seed isn't decided yet, so they're not going to be able to rest their pitchers because they have to go after it to try to get the fourth seed."

Whoever the opponent, Michael Fransoso is grateful for the opportunity to get back in the batter's box and take a few more swings before his college career comes to a close.

"He's had a great season," Trimper said.

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