|UMaine||University of Massachusetts|
DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The Black Bears were able to tally an early run in game two against UMass, but couldn’t keep up with the Minutemen bats as they fell 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Jonah Normandeau got the start for Maine, as he went 4.1 innings allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks while striking out three and hitting three batters.
The Black Bears got on the board first as a two-out RBI double by Hernen Sardinas scored Christopher Bec from third base, giving Maine the quick 1-0 lead.
UMass would come back to tie it in the bottom of the third inning, an RBI single gave UMass the matching run, 1-1.
A rough bottom of the fifth for Maine that saw three pitchers, and four runs on four hits, would put UMass up 5-1. Eddie Emerson came into the game with one out in the bottom of the fifth, would face four batters and retire one of them, but also gave up two walks and a run in the inning. Cody Laweryson would relieve him with two outs in the inning, and got the last out of the inning. Laweryson would attempt to keep the Black Bears in the game, facing seven batters in his 2.1 innings, allowing no hits, striking out four, with no walks or hit batters.
Maine would load the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth with base hits from Casals, Bec, and Bennett, but were unable to score anyone as a strikeout by Vicens would end the inning.
Zach Winn would come in in the bottom of the eighth and would also prevent UMass from adding to their lead, giving UMaine one more shot in the top of the ninth; but UMass would retire the Black Bears with a 1-2-3 inning, taking the victory by the final score of 5-1.
Maine falls to 6-7 and will have a chance to tie their record back up on Sunday, facing UMass for the final time at 12 p.m.