May 23, 2019
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UMaine baseball team wraps up weekend sweep of UMass Lowell

UMaine athletics | BDN
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Cody Pasic

Cody Laweryson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings on Sunday afternoon, helping the University of Maine complete a sweep of its America East baseball series with a 5-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Lowell at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.

The Black Bears won both games on Saturday, taking the opener 16-4 before earning a 5-3 victory in Game 2.

On Sunday, Laweryson (1-3) set the tone in earning his first win of the season as UMaine improved to 6-22 overall, 5-5 in conference play. He hit a batter while throwing 97 pitches.

Nicholas Sinacola pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and an unearned run. He fanned two and did not walk a batter.

Joe Bramanti and Jeffrey Omohundro stroked two singles each to lead the Black Bears’ 10-hit attack. Danny Casals hit a two-run double and Hernen Sardinas added a double and an RBI.

Robert Gallagher led the offense for UMass Lowell (7-26, 4-7 AE) with two singles and an RBI. Starting pitcher Joshua Becker (1-3) was roughed up for five hits and four runs (three earned) with three strikeouts and four walks over the first three innings.

The Black Bears extended a 1-0 lead with two runs in the third inning. Omohundro led off with a single to left and raced to third on a ground-rule double by Sardinas.

One out later, Casals delivered a two-run double to right to make it 3-0.

In Saturday’s opener, Cody Pasic posted four singles and drove in three runs to propel UMaine’s 16-hit attack. Bramanti knocked in four runs with two doubles and a single. Sardinas homered and singled (three RBIs) and Kevin Doody posted a three-run triple and a sacrifice fly. Omohundro doubled and singled.

Bangor’s Justin Courtney pitched five innings of two-hit, shutout relief with six strikeouts and a walk to spearhead a clutch effort by the UMaine bullpen. Dillon Stimpson (1-0) worked two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Nick Silva to earn the win, while Jacob Small worked a scoreless ninth inning.

Oscar Marchena tripled and doubled with an RBI to lead the offense for UMass Lowell and Ciaran Devenney cranked a solo home run. Starter Connor Metelski (1-5) lasted only 1 1/3 innings in suffering the loss on the mount.

The Black Bears broke a 1-1 tie by scoring six times in the second inning. Caleb Kerbs led off with a double and took third on Doody’s sacrifice bunt. After Omohundro walked, Sardinas delivered an RBI single to center field.

Bobby Brennan was hit by a pitch and Danny Casals walked, forcing in the second run and spelling the departure of Metelski. Colin Ridley bounced back to the mound to score a run, then Bramanti stroked a two-run double to right-center. An error then produced the sixth run and sent the Black Bears on their way.

In the nightcap, Pasic poked a three-run double in the third inning to provide UMaine with its eventual winning run.

Starter Peter Kemble of Bangor (2-4) scattered four hits and two runs with four strikeouts through the first four innings to pick up the win. Bangor’s Trevor DeLaite provided two innings of two-hit, one-run relief and Matt Geoffrion worked a scoreless seventh for his first save as the bullpen preserved the lead and the victory.

Casals doubled and singled and Jake Roper belted a solo homer among only six hits for the Black Bears.

Joey Castellanos singled twice with an RBI and Michael Young hit a two-run homer for the River Hawks. Nick Rand (2-5) went the distance, surrendering six hits and five earned runs with five walks and four strikeouts.

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