BALTIMORE – The University of Maine built a 7-0 lead and held off Maryland-Baltimore County for a 7-3 victory and a sweep of an America East Conference baseball doubleheader Friday.

Taylor Lewis went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs to lead the Black Bears (32-20, 15-7 America East) to a 13-2 win in the opener. Maine took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run homer by Joe Martin, but didn’t break it open against the Retrievers (9-37, 4-18) until a six-run rally in the sixth inning featuring home runs by Joe Mercurio and Tyler Patzalek.

Maine added three runs in the seventh, two on George Tager’s first home run of the season.

Lewis had two hits and an RBI in the second game, and Matt Howard added a home run.

Winner Matt Jebb went five shutout innings.


HITTING STREAK: Florida International’s Garrett Wittels matched the second-longest hitting streak in Division I history, getting a hit in his 47th straight game Friday night against Florida Atlantic.

Wittels tied Wichita State’s Phil Stephenson (1981). Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura holds the NCAA record with a 58-game streak in 1987.


LSU: Senior point guard Bo Spencer, the team’s leading returning scorer, is academically ineligible for the fall semester, Coach Trent Johnson announced.

Spencer, who averaged 14.5 points last season, will have to pass courses in the fall to become eligible for the spring semester.


ILLINOIS: Jeff Jordan, Michael Jordan’s oldest son, has been given his release to transfer to another team.

Illinois spokesman Derrick Burson said Jordan is exploring options elsewhere but hasn’t announced where he will go or whether he plans to play basketball in what will be his senior season.


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