|University of Maine||Ohio University|
EMERSON, Ga. – The University of Maine baseball team used a four-run first inning and a strong outing from Justin Courtney en route to a 5-1 win over the Ohio University Bobcats in a neutral site ballgame at LakePoint Facility on Friday afternoon.
Jeremy Pena staked the Black Bears to 1-0 lead in the first at-bat of the game, smacking his second homerun of the season to left field on the first pitch of the game from Ohio’s starter Gerry Salisbury. Danny Casals then followed that up with a three-run home run with just one out.
The Bobcats’ Devon Garcia led off with a single but the right-hander Courtney buckled down and ended the threat.
After neither team was able to push a runner across – with Courtney retiring the side in order – Hernen Sardinas led off the top of the third inning with a solo shot for a 5-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Ohio got a leadoff double from Tanner Piechnick and two batters later he crossed the plate to make it 5-1.
After Courtney retired the side in the top of fifth, the Black Bears loaded the bases in the bottom but were unable to push another run across. However, with Courtney putting together two 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh. Cody Laweryson entered the game in the bottom of the eighth with an Ohio runner on first but notched the final four outs for the Black Bears.
Courtney went 7-2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits for his first win of the season.
The Black Bears (1-4) and Bobcats (2-3) will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader, with the first game set to start at 1 p.m.