|UMaine||University of Massachusetts|
DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The Black Bears and the Minutemen squared off in the third game of their series in Delray Beach, and despite several Black Bear leads Maine couldn’t hold on and UMass took game three by a final score of 10-6.
Maine starter Nick Silva got off to a rough start as he gave up a two-run home run in the top of the first inning; he would finish the day in the fourth inning, going 3.0 innings, allowing three hits, four runs, and striking out two.
After the two-run home run, UMass held a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the second inning, when Maine would answer back with a four-run inning; a two-RBI double for Brandon Vicens tied the game at 2-2, scoring Jeremy Pena and Hernen Sardinas, and Kevin Doody reached first on a bunt single and then would advance to third on a failed pick-off attempt, that would also score Vicens. Doody would then score on a sacrifice RBI ground-out by Lou Della Fera, putting Maine up 4-2.
UMass would tie it up in the top of the third with a two-RBI double down the left field line, but Maine would answer back in the bottom of the third with Tyler Schwanz hitting a solo shot over the left field wall to retake the lead, 5-4.
In the bottom of the fifth Maine would get an insurance run as Jeremy Pena got picked off at first, but Hernen Sardinas was able to score in the meantime, giving Maine a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the sixth, UMass re-took the lead with a three-run inning. Connor Johnson, who came into the game in the fourth in releif, had his day end in the top of the sixth, going 2.2 innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs, and three walks, but striking out three. Eddie Emerson would enter the game to get the final out of the top of the sixth, but UMass’ lead was back to one run, 7-6.
Zach Winn would come in for Emerson to begin the seventh, he would pitch one full inning while allowing a hit, a run, and a walk, with one strike out. He would be relieved by Ryan Worthington, who would pitch two outs of the top of the eighth, but a rain delay would cut his day short, as when play resumed Matthew Pushard got the final out of the inning with the bases loaded.
UMass got three runs in the final three innings, in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch, in the top of the eighth on a throwing error, and in the top of the ninth on the third home run of the afternoon, to lead by the final score of 10-6.
Connor Johnson gets his fourth decision of the year, the loss bringing his record to 2-2 on the season.