Three Maine natives will be in the four-person starting off rotation for the College of Maine baseball team’s season-opening, four-recreation sequence at Florida Condition College this weekend.
UMaine plays the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Florida, in a 4 p.m. single recreation on Friday, a noon doubleheader on Saturday and a 1 p.m. single recreation on Sunday.
Junior ideal-hander Cody Laweryson of Moscow and Higher Kennebec Valley Superior University in Bingham, Bangor sophomore Peter Kemble and Brewer redshirt sophomore Matt Pushard will each and every commence a recreation in opposition to FSU while senior righty Nick Silva of Miami acquiring the other commence.
UMaine is coming off a 20-34 season (12-12 in America East) and a 2-2 showing in the convention tournament held at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. UMaine a short while ago was picked to finish fourth in the 7-team league in the preseason coaches poll.
Courtney on the mend
In the meantime, ace ideal-hander Justin Courtney, a graduate university student from Bangor, is progressing nicely right after coming off Tommy John surgery to restore a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Courtney has been throwing 20-25 pitches to reside hitters on Tuesdays and throwing on the weekends. He will proceed to create up his pitch rely and his endurance.
He is tentatively scheduled to commence in opposition to the College of Alabama on March 19, and the hope is to have him around comprehensive toughness for the second weekend of the the America East season.
“Getting him healthier and acquiring him back again on observe is a important precedence,” UMaine head mentor Nick Derba stated. “His bounceback time is very good. He is 10 months out from important surgery. He had pitched with some sort of arm injury for a long time.”
Courtney stated he has realized a whole lot going as a result of the rehabilitation procedure and is cleaning up his delivery.
“I experience genuinely very good,” Courtney stated. “It’s all going in accordance to system as a result much. My expectation for this season is to occur back again and be improved than at any time.
“My mechanics are improved than at any time,” he stated, including that his slider has the possible to be the very best of his vocation.
Courtney has a vocation file of 12-15 with a 3.65 acquired operate typical. He has struck out 161 and walked 80 in 224 2/3 innings. He was a Freshman All-American and a second-team All-AE select.
Courtney was 1-1 with a 2.57 Era very last season in advance of building season-ending arm trouble and undergoing reconstructive surgery.
Courtney and Derba stated all four of this weekend’s starting off pitchers have seemed remarkable in preseason exercise sessions.
“They will throw strikes and occur right after the hitters. They aren’t going to be walking men and women or hitting batters,” stated Courtney, who will accompany the team on the trip.
Wildness plagued the Black Bear pitching staff members in 2018 as it blended to concern 281 walks and strike 90 batters in 448 1/3 innings.
Laweryson had an superb 2018 season (3-3, 3.42 Era, 2 saves), building 21 appearances, 17 out of the bullpen. He struck out 52 and walked nine in 52 2/3 innings.
Silva (3-6, 6.10 Era) had 8 starts amid 14 outings and Kemble (1-, 8.78 Era) appeared in nine games with two starts. Pushard pitched the moment very last season in advance of remaining redshirted with an arm concern. As a freshman, he was 1- with a 1.00 Era in 11 reduction appearances masking 18 innings.
The bullpen is led by America East All-Rookie assortment Matt Geoffrion (1-2, 2 saves, 5.16) and Bangor junior lefty Trevor DeLaite (2-3, 8.61), who has struggled throughout his to start with two seasons.
UMaine will be without righty Chris Murphy (1-5, 12.58), who transferred, and still left-hander Eddie Emerson of Lewiston (-4, 7-89), who underwent hip surgery.
Hampden redshirt freshman Alex McKenney, who underwent Tommy John surgery all around the same time as Courtney very last April, is not envisioned to pitch this season.