DEL RAY, Florida – The Black Bears battled hard to their second win of the season, tying the game up in the seventh inning and taking the lead in the eighth to win 4-3 over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
Jonah Normandeau started the game for Maine and went 6.0 innings, walking one and striking out eight, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.
Maine took an early lead in the top of the second inning, when Hernen Sardinas hit a sac-fly to left field, with Jonathan Bennett scoring on the play putting Maine up 1-0. SDSU responded right away in the bottom of the second to make it 1-1.
In the bottom of the third inning, SDSU took the lead as a wild play resulted in the third out catching a runner between bases, but not before a run was scored, giving the Jackrabbits at 2-1 lead.
The score would remain 2-1 until the top of the sixth inning, as Christopher Bec hit a leadoff homer to tie the game at 2-2. An RBI double for SDSU would give the Jackrabbits the lead back in the bottom of the sixth, 3-2.
Maine would tie it up again in the top of the seventh inning, as Tyler Schwanz singled, advanced to second and third on wild pitches, and eventually would score on another wild pitch, tying the game at 3-3.
Maine pulled ahead in the top of the eighth inning as Caleb Kerbs singled to center field as Saridnas rounded third and scored the game-winning run, 4-3.
Connor Johnson came into the game for Maine in the seventh inning, and got the win for Maine allowing only three hits and no earned runs or walks, striking out two in his two innings of work.
Jeff Gilenas entered the game in the ninth inning, allowing one hit, but closing the game for Maine for his second straight save.