ORONO – The Black Bears are looking to kick a three game losing streak with this weekend’s final regular season series.
“I’m confident we can come out with three, we have a great pitching staff, the front end of our rotation guys are great and they way we’re swinging the bats, I’m confident,” said senior Danny Casals.
You can hear the confidence in their words, but those words will not win this team any games this weekend. They’ll need a sweep against Binghamton to earn a first round bye in the America East tournament, “I think no matter what a bye is huge, save an arm save a game, it’s huge,” said head coach Nick Derba.
Maine’s seniors have continued to grow late into this season, even knowing their time with the team is drawing to a close, “with the adjustments I’ve made and the way I’ve got about getting better everyday, I feel a lot better,” said Casals.
For the freshman, an opportunity to produce in a series where their team needs all three wins serves as the best opportunity to prove themselves worthy this year; “whenever I get my shot, just come out and succeed, do whatever I can to help the team out, I feel like so far that’s what I’ve been able to do,” said two-time conference rookie of the week Ryan Turenne.
Whether Maine sweeps or gets swept against Binghampton, the ultimate goal of winning a conference championship is still in play, “regardless of what happens we got to win the last three and if we don’t it’s playoff, let’s win four in a row and go win a conference championship,” aid Derba.
Maine’s only College World Series MVP, and Brewer native, Joe Ferris, will have his No. 26 honored on the Wall of Legends along the outfield wall at Mahaney Diamond. That ceremony will take place approximately thirty minutes before Saturday’s 11 am first pitch.