|University of Maine||Ohio University|
EMERSON, Ga. – The University of Maine baseball team had a 2-1 lead through three innings of play, but the Ohio University Bobcats took the lead in the top of the fourth and never looked back en route to a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at LakePoint Facility.
The loss bumps Maine to 2-6 while Ohio moves to 4-4. The teams split the weekend series with two wins apiece.
Jeremy Pena led things off for Maine in the bottom of the first, doubling to right field and then taking third on a wild pitch before crossing the plate on an RBI groundout by Christopher Bec. The Bobcats answered right back in the second, with Devon Garcia driving in a run on an infield hit. They threatened for more – loading the bases, even – but Maine starter Chris Murphy, who earlier in the inning had struck out a batter looking – induced a fly ball for the third out to keep it tied.
Pena gave Maine the lead again in the second. After Caleb Kerbs led off the inning with a single to left, Kevin Doody singled to left to move Kerbs over to third and then Pena knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Kerbs and Pena would both finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate, with Pena adding an RBI and Kerbs adding a stolen base.
However an Evan Bourn single to right in the top of the fourth brought in a run to tie it. A few batters later, with the bases loaded and John Arel in for Murphy on the mound, Rudy Rott grounded in to a fielder’s choice that allowed Bourn to score to make it 3-2 Bobcats. Arel would not allow a single hit in three innings of relief while striking out four batters.
After three scoreless innings – though not without Pena getting to second in the seventh after bunting his way on – it would be Ohio again to score and pad the lead. After an Ohio single drove in a run off of Connor Johnson, an overthrow into the dugout allowed another runner to cross the plate and then another on a wild pitch put Maine in a 6-2 deficit. Johnson would finish with two strikeouts.
Kerbs led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to center field and then advanced to second on a wild pitch before being moved over to third by Colin Ridley. However, a strikeout and a groundout would bring the inning and the game to a close.
Murphy went three innings in the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out four. Johnson went 1.2 innings, giving up two hits while striking out three, and Ben Terwilliger struck out Bourn looking to end the top half of the ninth.
Jonathan Bennett had two hits for Maine and earned one walk.
Cory Blessing got the win for the Bobcats in 3.1 innings of work.
Maine will be back in action next weekend when it visits the University of Miami for three games.