|University of Maine||Ohio University|
EMERSON, Ga. – The University of Maine baseball team fell, 7-5, in the first game of a doubleheader with Ohio University on Saturday at the LakePoint Facility.
A rough first half inning – three runs on two hits and two errors against a Maine defense acting as the home team in the first game of the day – sent the Black Bears into the first at-bats against Michael Klein with a three-run deficit.
The team began to chip away immediately, grabbing a run back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly – with Jeremy Pena scoring on Christopher Bec‘s sacrifice fly to right field – and taking another one back to score in the second when Brandon Vicens scored on a Caleb Kerbs single to left field. Yet Ohio got a double in the third to drive in a fourth run and the Bobcats continued to answer each of Maine’s responses.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Nick Silva took over for starter Eddie Emerson on the mound. The Bobcats added one more run on an infield single from Ryan Sargent in the inning to take a 5-2 lead but in Maine’s turn at the plate, Hernen Sardinas doubed to center and then score on a Jonathan Bennett single to make it it a two-run game.
A home run from Rudy Rott in the gave Ohio a 6-3 lead in the top of the fourth but – in keeping with the game one theme – the Black Bears didn’t back down. Kerbs had two timely hits in the sixth and eighth innings to keep it a game. First his single drove in a run to make it 6-4 and then he used a double to left field in the eighth to make it 6-5 as the teams headed into the ninth.
But back-to-back doubles from the Bobcats allowed Rott to cross the plate and make it a 7-5 that would hold through Maine’s final at-bat.
Silva took the loss for Maine, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits but striking out seven. Starter Eddie Emerson went 1.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two while Cody Laweryson pitched two innings, allowing one run and striking out three. Kerbs finished with three hits and three RBIs while Bec and Bennett each had two hits and one RBI. Jeremy Pena, Cody Pasic, Hernen Sardinas, Brandon Vicens and Colin Ridley added hits for the Black Bears.