Peter Kemble of Bangor pitched five innings of three-hit, two run ball on Saturday, helping the University of Maine baseball team earn its first win of the season, a 6-4 victory over Samford at Griffin Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Kemble (1-3) struck out four, walked three and hit two batters but picked up the win. Ben Terwilliger, Dillon Stimpson, Matt Geoffrion and Trevor DeLaite combined to work four innings of relief and surrendered two hits and two runs. DeLaite, a Bangor High grad, picked up his first career save.
UMaine (1-14) posted eight hits, paced by two hits and an RBI each by Joe Bramanti (double) and Cody Pasic. Danny Casals stroked a solo home run.
Sonny DiChiara whacked a two-run homer and a single to lead Samford (13-5) and back losing pitcher Jack Rude (0-1), who surrendered a hit, two walks and three runs in one-third of an inning of relief.
On Sunday, Samford beat the Bears in the series finale 4-0.
In Saturday’s game, Black Bears scored four times in the fifth to take the lead for good. They benefited from a patient approach as Bramanti and Colin Ridley worked bases-loaded walks and another run scored on a balk. Pasic capped the inning with an RBI single.
UMaine added an insurance run in the eighth when Brogan Searle-Belanger doubled home Pasic, who had walked and advanced on a sacrifice bunt.
On Sunday, righthander Cody Lawyerson turned in four shutout innings for the Black Bears, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out six.
Samford reached Jacob Small and Matthew Pushard for two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Samford’s Zach Hester shut down the Bears with six shutout innings as he struck out eight while not walking a batter, giving up just two hits. Connor Radcliff came on to earn the save by pitching three shutout innings. He did walk two and give up a hit but struck out four.
Hernen Sardinas, Ridley and Pasic each notched a hit for the Black Bears.
Sonny DiChiara hit a two-run homer for Samford.
The Black Bears are off on Monday before resuming their spring-break trip with a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.