|University at Albany||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine baseball team took to Mahaney Diamond for the first time in 2018 on Saturday and came away with a doubleheader sweep of the University of Albany. The Black Bears topped the Great Danes 10-2 in the first game before taking the night cap, 4-1.
Every single Maine batter reached base safely on the day, with Brandon Vicens collecting a team-high four hits and scoring a team-best three runs. Hernen Sardinas, Jonathan Bennett and Kevin Doody had three hits each. Starter Zach Winn earned the win for Maine in game one while game two starter John Arel got the victory in game two.
Maine (7-19, 3-2 AE) plated two runs in the first inning of the second game to once again take the lead over UAlbany (9-10, 1-4 AE) into the second and not give it up.
Once again, Maine’s first-inning runs came with two outs on the scoreboard. Sardinas doubled down the right field line two move Casals – who had walked – to third and give Vicens two runners in scoring position. Vicens delivered with a single up the middle that scored both Sardinas and Danny Casals.
The Black Bears got two more runs in the fourth. Doody’s single through the right side scored Vicens – who had singled earlier in the inning – and then Jonathan Bennett scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Hernandez would once again hit a solo shot to left field but it would once again be UAlbany’s last run of the game.
Arel’s 6.1 innings of pitching earned him his second win of the season. The senior struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits and one earned run. Cody Laweryson came on and retired the lone batter he faced in the top of the seventh.
Just as he had done in the first game, Connor Johnson retired the lone batter he faced in the game with game two’s out earning the senior his first save of the season.
Maine and UAlbany close out the weekend series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Mahaney Diamond.