|University of Maine||Texas Tech|
LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of Maine baseball team fell to No. 3 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, dropping game one of its doubleheader 12-1.
In game one, the Red Raiders plated three in the second before putting the game out of reach with a five-run eighth to seal a 12-1 victory.
Danny Casals paced Maine’s offense, going 1-for-2 with a walk while scoring the Black Bears’ lone run. Brandon Vicens added an RBI single for Maine while Cody Pasic drew a pair of walks and added his first hit of the season.
Texas Tech broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the home half of the second. Grant Little started the rally with an RBI double to the gap in right center. The Black Bears traded a run for outs when Connor Beck grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, bringing in Little from third. The lead extended to 3-0 on Cody Farhat’s RBI triple to center.
The Red Raiders tacked on a run in the third before the Black Bears found the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Casals singled through the left side before advancing to second on a ground out by Jonathan Bennett. Vicens’ two-out single to right brought in Casals with Maine’s first run.
Texas Tech added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth before plating a pair in the seventh. With runners on second and third and one out, Michael Davis flew out to left allowing Little to tag and score. Farhat followed with a two-out RBI on a single into left.
The Red Raiders put the game out of reach with five runs in the eighth. Josh Jung’s two run homer to right extended the lead to 9-1. Beck drove in another run on a double play groundout before KC Simonich’s two run single to right pushed the Red Raiders’ advantage to 12-1.
Eddie Emerson took the loss on the hill for the Black Bears after surrendering four runs on five hits and six walks with a strikeout over 4.0 innings.