|University of Maine||University at Albany|
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of Maine baseball team trailed 7-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning but came back to top the University of Albany, 8-7, on Saturday at Varsity Field. The Black Bears scored three runs in the seventh and added two each in the final two frames for the win.
The win was Maine’s fifth consecutive, a season-long winning streak, and marked the first time since the 2016 season that the Black Bears won a game when trailing after eight innings.
Freshman Peter Kemble earned his first career win after pitching 2.0 innings of one-hit baseball in the seventh and eighth stanzas while Zach Winn registered his second save of the season by getting the three outs in the bottom of the ninth. Trevor DeLaite started and pitched 4.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
At the plate, Kevin Doody, Jonathan Bennett and Hernen Sardinas all had two hits, with Bennett also driving in two runs. Cody Pasic had two RBIs on the day to go with a double. Jeremy Pena and Sardinas each had a double and an RBI.
The Black Bears got an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Bennett sacrifice fly but the Great Danes scored two runs in the home half of the first frame. One run in the second and one run in the third gave the hosts a 4-1 lead after five full innings. A three-run sixth inning for UAlbany stretched that lead to 7-1.
Maine chipped away at that six-run deficit, though, beginning with three-straight singles from Bennett, Brandon Vicens and Doody to load the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh. Pasic’s double scored Bennett and Vicens before Pena brought Doody home on a sacrifice fly.
Two unearned runs in the eighth – including Bennett’s second RBI of the day and Caleb Kerbs’ 14th of the season – cut the deficit to one. Pena’s leadoff double in the ninth was followed up by one from Sardinas to tie the game, 8-8, before Sardinas himself scored five batters later on a wild pitch.
The Great Danes did their best to tie it up in their last at-bats, but Winn forced UAlbany into a double play to end the game.
With the win, Maine moves to 17-29 overall and 11-10 in America East play while UAlbany goes to 18-25 overall and 8-13 in the league. Additionally, Maine extends its unbeaten streak against UAlbany to seven games, which ties a series high.
Maine will play its final non-conference game of the regular season on Wednesday, traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on the Boston College Eagles.