UMaine Baseball Dares to Dream the Impossible

Players Hungry to Transfer to Real Programs

ORONO – Though the odds are stacked against them as they prepare to face the #3 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA baseball tournament, the University of Maine Black Bears are ready to shock the world.

“I think every one of us knows that if we pull together as a team, there’s no telling which one of our better players might catch the interest of a more viable program,” said Junior catcher Taylor Lewis. “Wouldn’t that be something?”

Coach Steve Trimper has his players believing in themselves; specifically, that if they make the most of the few games they’ll have in Chapel Hill, a scout from Texas or Clemson or someplace where they can play baseball outdoors more than three months of the year will notice them.

When asked about the College World Series, several players said they are definitely committed to winning it all.

"Maybe one of the pro scouts will see this tacky blue uniform and think I'm playing for North Carolina."

“I can just see me now, holding that national championship trophy, proudly representing the university and the whole state,” said relief pitcher Shaun Coughlin. “Of course, by ‘university,’ I mean the University of Arizona, you know, maybe next season.

“What, did you think I was talking about Maine? You’re funny.”

The Black Bears start their quest for slightly less obscurity Friday at 6 p.m.



  1. Having played for Binghamton from 2005-2009 I am always pulling for the America East team to make some noise in the tournament. What an amazing experience to get to travel to UNC. For the seniors, it is a conclusion to a career that can not be matched.

    I will never forget playing in the East Carolina Regional in 2009 and the crowd of purple and yellow rooting on their team. Best of luck to Maine.

    Ken Jacobi

    Author of “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School, and Life as a Division I College Athlete”

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