CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Maine baseball team committed five errors Sunday afternoon, helping open the door for 13th-ranked Miami’s 11-2 victory in the rubber game of the three-game set at Mark Light Field.
On Saturday, Scott Heath of Westbrook limited the Hurricanes to two hits and one run through seven innings, leading the Black Bears to a 3-1 victory.
In Sunday’s game, Andrew Suarez gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) and struck out 10 in five innings to lead Miami.
Alex Hernandez knocked in two runs with a double and a single for the Hurricanes (2-1), who took advantage of the five UMaine miscues. David Thompson doubled twice and Dale Carey singled twice among 12 hits for Miami.
The Hurricanes scored eight runs through the first three innings, including a five-run uprising in the third.
Jake Marks took the pitching loss for the Bears (1-2), allowing four hits and five runs (three earned) with two strikeouts and two walks in two innings. Logan Fullmer later scattered four hits and one earned run in four innings of relief.
Freshman Jake Osborne posted two singles and an RBI for UMaine, which mustered only five hits.
In Saturday’s contest Heath, a junior left-hander, struck out eight and walked one, before junior transfer Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes worked two perfect innings of relief to earn the save for the Bears.
Junior transfer Steven Adam paced the offense with three singles and senior Troy Black singled twice for UMaine, which outhit Miami 8-2.
UMaine scored the only runs it would need in the third inning with the help of a wild pitch and two errors. Jon Salcedo was hit by a pitch, moved up on Skylar Mercado’s sacrifice bunt and took third on a wild pitch.
Salcedo scored when Colin Gay reached on error. He advanced on an errant pickoff throw, then scored on Black’s single to left.
The Hurricanes got their only run in the third. Laz Rivera was hit by a pitch, took third on Carey’s single and scored on a double steal.
The Black Bears got an insurance run in the ninth inning when Sam Balzano for Portland doubled, was sacrificed to third by Gay and scored when Alex Calbick reached on Miami’s fifth error.
Starter Bryan Radziewski went five innings and took the loss, giving up two unearned runs on four hits.