ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine baseball team may be without one of its top players this weekend in their regular season finale. Senior captain Mike Fransoso was injured in the Black Bears’ game at Boston College on Tuesday, when he took a pitch to his face in his 1st at-bat of the game.
Fransoso’s right eye was heavily bruised, and he had to get 8 stitches underneath his eye. He was wearing protective glasses at the time, which he says was a blessing. The shortstop didn’t always wear glasses. In fact, he only started wearing them this season, after his contacts weren’t performing up to par during games.
“I was kind of going back and forth – should I get them, should I not – because they’re really expensive,” he explains, “I just decided it’s going to help my vision. It’s a lot easier to see with those than the contacts. Come down the road now, it looks like it worked out and it was meant to be.”
Fransoso has not yet been cleared by team doctors to get back on the field, but his teammates hope to have him back in the lineup as soon as possible.
The Black Bears play their regular season finale on Friday and Saturday against UMBC. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4pm.