LAKELAND, Fla. — The University of Maine baseball team’s spring trip ended on a low note Sunday when the Black Bears were pounded by North Dakota State University 13-1.
Maine fell to 7-14 while North Dakota State improved to 6-7.
North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning via a two-run double by Kyle Kleinendorst. The Bison doubled their lead in the fourth with a pair of runs. Kleinendorst singled and scored when Michael Leach grounded out.
The Bison scored eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to extend their lead to 12-0. David Ernst had a key two-run single in the inning.
Maine scored its lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Troy Black scored on a bases-loaded double-play grounder. Black sparked Maine with three hits
Maine starter Scott Heath went five innings, surrendering six runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out three.
Parker Terwin pitched seven scoreless innings for the Bison allowing just five hits while striking out 10. He improves to 2-1.
On Saturday in Auburndale, Fla., Black drove in three runs and notched three hits to help the Black Bears beat Bowling Green 14-5.
Later Saturday, Evansville beat the Black Bears 9-7.
Maine turned in a four-run first inning in Saturday’s first game, highlighted by Heath’s two-run triple. Colin Gay and Black each doubled in the inning, with Black driving in Gay. Brian Doran added a sacrifice fly.
The Bears came right back with three runs in the second with Black and Alex Calbick each providing an RBI single.
Maine went on to score three more runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Bowling Green (6-12) got on the board with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brandon Howard doubled and scored when Alex Davison singled.
Shaun Coughlin earned the win for Maine as he went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits en route to his first win of the season. Coughlin struck out six.
In Saturday’s second game, Evansville (8-6) used a four-run eighth inning to take an 8-4 lead to secure the win. The inning was highlighted by Josh Jyawook’s three-run double.
Calbick paced the Bears with three hits while five others chipped in with two hits each.
The Bears scored three runs in the first inning with Heath and Doran each recording RBI singles.
In the fifth, Maine added another run when Black singled and scored on a Steven Adam doble.
The Bears pulled with one run with a three-run eighth inning. Doran tripled and scored on a Shane Bussey single. Jonathan Salcedo singled and Sam Balzano followed with a single to load the bases. Black singled, driving home Bussey and Salcedo scored the third run on an Adam sacrifice fly.
Luke Morrill went four innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He allowed two runs on five hits. Charlie Butler replaced Morrill and allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits. He suffered the loss and fell to 1-1.
Brent Jureeka went 2 ⅔ innings in relief to earn the win for Evansville. Sam Johns earned the save.
The Black Bears return to action on Thursday when they face Princeton in Annapolis, Md.