|University of Maine||University of Hartford|
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Maine baseball team put six runs on the board in the second game of an America East doubleheader to win 6-1 on Saturday afternoon and avenge a 1-0 loss in the first game to Hartford at Fiondella Field.
Hartford (4-15) scored first for the second straight game – with Bryce Walker scoring an unearned run on a throwing error in the bottom of the first – but this time Maine answered right back.
After Connor Johnson came in in relief and got out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout and ground ball to end the first inning, the Black Bears tied it up in the second.
Brandon Vicens led off with a triple to center and then Kevin Doody pushed him across the plate with a single.
An inning later, Maine plated two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Christopher Bec’s double to center gave Maine two on with just one out and Hernen Sardinas pushed Danny Casals across the plate with a single towards the right side of the field. Vicens second extra base hit of the game – a double to left – pushed Bec across the plate to close out the scoring in the inning.
John Arel in relief was able to force Hartford into a pop fly and double play to end a bases loaded threat in the third, allowed just one hit in the fourth and retired the side in order in the fifth.
Maine loaded the bases in the sixth and Jeremy Pena’s single through the left scored Jonathan Bennett to make it 4-1. Bec’s solo shot and Vicens scoring on a Bennett ground ball in the top of the seventh made it 6-1 in Maine’s favor.
Four Black Bears finished with multiple hits, including Bec with three. Maine had 11 hits to Hartford’s four.
Arel pitched 6.0 innings in relief in the seven-inning second game, giving up four hits while walking two and striking out four. Chris Murphy started going a third while Johnson pitched the last two outs of the first inning, striking out one.
Maine (5-19) will host UAlbany next weekend in the home opener at Mahaney Diamond.