|University of Maine||Ohio University|
EMERSON, Ga. – The University of Maine baseball team came back for a 2-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader with Ohio University on Saturday at the LakePoint Facility on Trevor DeLaite’s first win of the season.
Hernen Sardinas gave Maine the first lead in the second game, crushing a ball over the right field fence in the second frame. An inning later Maine looked to go up by two when Jeremy Pena singled and then stole second but the junior was stranded on the bag.
Ohio threatened with runners in scoring position in three-straight innings but DeLaite forced two ground outs to kill the threats in the second and third and kept on rolling. Butch Baird was not as fortunate for the Bobcats, as Kevin Doody grounded in his first career RBI in the top of the fifth to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead.
Maine kept pressing for a third run but couldn’t push it across. Pena led off the eighth with a triple to the gap but Kenny Ogg retired the next three batters and then Ryan Sargent got out of a two-runners on jam in the ninth.
With two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Bobcats were able to pull a run back on an Evan Bourn home run but Maine held on for the 2-1 win.
DeLaite went 5.0 innings for the win, allowing three hits while striking out two and forcing five groundouts. Zach Winn went 3.0 innings in relief, allowing just one hit while striking out four, and Matt Geoffrion pitched one inning, allowing one run and striking out two. Caleb Kerbs, Pena and Sardinas each finished with two hits.