|University of Maine||Texas Tech|
LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of Maine baseball team fell to No. 3 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, dropping game two of its doubleheader 12-5.
In game two, Texas Tech managed to plate nine runs in the bottom of the first on its way to a 12-5 win. Pena led the Black Bears, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored a double and his first home run of the season.
The Black Bears struck first in game one, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Pena’s leadoff double started things for Maine. Pena was able to advance to third on Pasic’s flyout to left before scoring on a throwing error by the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech responded with nine runs in the bottom of the first thanks to four home runs. Holt led off the inning with a solo shot to right before Little and Cameron Warren went back-to-back before Davis brought in a pair on a two-run homer to right. The rally continued when Jung’s single through the right side plated two more, giving the hosts a 9-1 advantage after one.
The Black Bears were able to get one back in the second when Pena led off the inning with a solo shot to left center.
Texas Tech added a pair to its lead in the fourth. Clay Koelzer came in to score on Little’s double down the left field line before Beck’s single up the middle brought around Little, giving the Red Raiders a 11-2 advantage.
Moving into the seventh, the Black Bears were again able to put together a rally. Pena singled through the left side for his third hit of the game before advancing after Pasic was hit by a pitch. Hernen Sardinas’ single back up the box brought in Pena. Casals and Bennett drew back-to-back walks to score Pasic, closing the gap to 11-4.
A sacrifice fly from Farhat in the bottom of the inning regained an eight run lead for the Red Raiders.
The Black Bears had one final rally left in them, plating a single run in the top of the eight. Caleb Kerbs started the action by reaching due to catcher’s interference, advanced to second on a Pasic walk before scoring on Christopher Bec’s single to right.
However it would be as close as Maine would get, falling in game two by a final of 12-5.
Maine closes its series at Texas Tech with a 2 p.m. first pitch set for Sunday afternoon.