|Maryland Baltimore County||University of Maine|
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maine baseball team jumped out to an early over UMBC in both games of a doubleheader but ultimately dropped the America East pair on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
In game one, the Retrievers overcame an early deficit with a seven run third and then added one run in the sixth and eighth innings for a 9-4 win.
Maine opened up the scoring with one run in the top of the second – with Christopher Bec earning a walk and coming around on a single from Jonathan Bennett – and made it 4-0 an inning later. Cody Pasic singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch and then Bennett registered two more RBIs with a two-out double to the center-right gap. Bennett finished game one 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
UMBC, though, responded to Maine’s three-run top half with its seven-run bottom half to take a 7-4 lead. The Retrievers sandwiched an RBI single with a two-run home run and a grand slam and ended the inning with five hits.
Two more RBI singles over the final five at-bats for UMBC cemented the win while the Black Bears only had one base runner over that span.
Zach Winn pitched 2.2 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and striking out three in taking the loss while Connor Johnson threw 1.1 innings of hitless relief. Trevor DeLaite pitched the final 4.0 innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits.