|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.
In game one, UAlbany put one run on the board in their first at-bats but Maine responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a lead that it would not relinquish.
All of Maine’s runs came with two outs. Christopher Bec, Sardinas and Vicens earned three consecutive walks for the Black Bears and then Bennett lined a bases clearing double over the left fielder’s head. A Doody single moved Bennett to third and then Bennett scored on a Caleb Kerbs single to the left side. Cody Pasic’s single through the right side scored Doody to cap off Maine’s big first inning.
Jeremy Pena and Danny Casals scored on a Sardinas single to right field in the bottom of the fourth to give Maine seven runs. In the sixth, Pasic led off with a single and then scored two batters later on a Casals sacrifice fly to deep center before Vicens knocked Pena in with a single up the middle.
Maine finished off the scoring in the bottom of the eighth when Doody’s single to left knocked in Vicens who had doubled down the left field line earlier in the inning.
Ryan Hernandez’s home run in the to left field in the top of the fourth pulled the Great Danes within three – at the time – but that would be it for UAlbany’s scoring in the first game.
Winn went 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs – one earned – on one hit while striking out six an walking six. Matt Geoffrion pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Maine’s 10 runs marked a season-high while the 13 hits tied a season-high.