|University of Maine||Monmouth University|
After falling in its first game of the day to Sacred Heart, the University of Maine baseball team came back to top Monmouth, 15-10, at MU Baseball Field.
Maine had 21 hits in the win against the Hawks, the most in a game for the Black Bears since collecting 21 in an 18-10 win at Lafayette on April 30, 2015. The Black Bears finished with six home runs on the day – three in each game – with three from Danny Casals. Casals also scored five runs while Christopher Bec finished 6-for-10 with five runs scored and two RBIs and Jonathan Bennett went 6-for-11 with five RBIs and five runs scored. Colin Ridley finished the day with five hits, four runs scored and four RBIs.
The Black Bears continued to hit in the first inning of their second game of the day, putting five runs on the board in the top of the frame against Monmouth. Pena led off with a single and then singles from Bec and Bennett scored Pena and Casals, respectively. A Colin Ridley double scored Bec, a sacrifice fly knocked in Bennett and then Ridley scored on an error for the five-run cushion.
Monmouth hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the first to make it 5-3.
Maine put together a two-run third inning – on a Bennett home run and a Cody Pasic two-out single to drive in Ridley – and a two-run fourth inning – with Doody and Pasic getting the RBIs – to give Maine a 9-3 lead after four.
In the seventh, Casals hit his third long ball of the day and Bennett singled home Bec before Maine manufactured four runs in the top of the ninth, including a home run from Ridley, to make it 15-6.
The Hawks had added three runs in the seventh and put up four in the ninth but Eddie Emerson buckled down for the save.
John Arel pitched 5.0 innings for the win, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out five and walking three.