|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 one, the Bearcats took advantage of a first inning error to take a 1-0 lead after the first. It was then three-straight innings of scoring later in the game that put BU over the top.
That lead stuck until the fifth inning when Jake Evans doubled down the right field line and CJ Krowiak drove him in with a single. The Bearcats added three more runs the next inning, on the strength of a single and a two-run, two out double down the left field line. Another extra base hit in the seventh – a two-run triple – gave BU a 7-0 lead.
Down but not out, the Black Bears put the first three batters on in the bottom of the seventh. Jonathan Bennett’s bases clearing double to deep right closed the gap to 7-3 and then he scored on a sacrifice fly from Kerbs to pull Maine within three. Bennett lead all Black Bears on the day with his three RBIs.
Pena led off the eighth with a single but that would be Maine’s lone hit over the final two innings, with BU holding on for the 7-4 win.
Trevor DeLaite (1-2) pitched 5.2 innings in taking the loss for Maine, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits.