|University of Maine||Texas Rio Grande Valley|
EDINBURG, Texas – The University Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Saturday at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.
Maine topped the Vaqueros, 7-5, in the extra-innings first game but fell, 12-1, in the second half of the doubleheader.
Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Pena led off with a double and then advanced to third on Jonathan Bennett’s ground ball to the pitcher. Hernen Sardinas singled to left in the next at-bat to drive Pena in.
It would be the lone run of the seven-inning second game for the Black Bears.
The Vaqueros used three hits in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the damage would come in the fourth when they plated eight runs on eight hits. After Anthony Gomez led off the inning with a home run, two of the next three batters reached to keep it rolling. UTRGV had s 7-1 lead with one out and then scored five more before the third.
Bennett walked in the sixth inning and then moved to second on another Sardinas single, but Trevelle Hill stifled any more offense from the Black Bears.
Sardinas finished the day with five hits in nine at-bats and two RBIs. Peter Kemble pitched 2.1 innings in relief for Trevor DeLaite, allowing one run on three hits, while DeLaite went 3.2, giving up 11 runs on 11 hits. Kemble had two strikeouts while DeLaite had three.