|Binghamton University||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine – After dropping the first game of a doubleheader to Binghamton on Saturday, the University of Maine baseball team came back to top the Bearcats and earn a split at Mahaney Diamond. The Black Bears dropped game one, 7-4, before rallying to capture game two, 4-2, behind timely hitting and a complete game effort from John Arel.
Kevin Doody finished with three hits and one run score while Jeremy Pena and Danny Casals each two hits and scored one run, with Pena adding an RBI. Caleb Kerbs finished with two hits and two doubles while earning one walk and scoring one run. Six Black Bears registered at least one hit and seven scored at least one run, with Christopher Bec crossing the plate twice.
In game two, the Black Bears once again fell into an early deficit.
The fourth inning saw the Bearcats produce another triple – this time form Tevlin – to take a 1-0 lead before a sacrifice bunt brought Tevlin home for a two-run lead.
Maine answered right back, though, with Bec reaching on an error, stealing second and then third before scoring on a ensuing throwing error.
The Black Bears took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Kerbs doubled with one out and two batters later, came around on a deep Pena single to left center. The next batter, Hernen Sardinas, doubled to left center to score Pena and give Maine a 3-2 lead.
It was Kerbs’ second double of the game an inning later that scored Doody for the insurance run.
Arel (5-2) shut the Bearcats down in the top of the seventh to finish his second complete game outing of the season. The senior retired the final six batters that he faced, including two on strikeouts to finish with eight total. Arel allowed two runs on four hits.
The Black Bears (13-29, 7-10 AE) and Bearcats (14-26-1, 8-12 AE) close out the regular season series tomorrow with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch at Mahaney Diamond.