VESTAL, N.Y. – The University of Maine baseball team opened America East play on Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with Binghamton. The Black Bears (2-18, 1-1 AE) won the opening game by a score of 8-0, while the Bearcats (8-9, 1-1 AE) earned a 4-1 victory in the latter half of the twin bill at the Binghamton Baseball Complex.
Sardinas, Casals, Ridley and Bramanti all tallied hits in game two, as Ridley earned the lone extra-base hit on a double.
The Black Bears went down in order in the first, as an error, double and a HBP would load the bases with no outs. Laweryson settled down to strikeout the next batter for the first out, but the Bearcats’ would beat out a double-play attempt at first to score the game’s first run, which was unearned. Laweryson would strikeout the last batter of the inning to limit the damage.
The Black Bears put two runners on in the top of the second with two outs after Pasic was hit by a pitch and Kerbs walked, but Maine could not deliver any runs home.
Laweryson struck out the first two batters he faced in the second, forcing the final out to fly-out to center. Maine was able to strike in the third, as Omohundro led the inning off with a walk. Sardinas followed with a single to move Omohundro to third on the play. Doody would hit a ball far enough to right field to earn the sac-fly RBI to score Omohundro and tie the game.
The game would not be tied long as a one-out single and double would give Binghamton back the lead. Laweryson earned a strikeout to give the Bearcats two in the frame, but a walk and an RBI single extended the Bearcat lead to 3-1.
Maine put a runner on base in the fourth on a Bramanti single, but the Black Bears could not take advantage. The Bearcats would move a runner to third after a single, ground-out and a passed ball, to setup an RBI infield single. Laweryson would get the next batter to lineout to himself, as he threw the ball over to first for the double play.
Kemble entered the game on the mound in the fifth, as he retired the side in order. Maine looked to cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth, as Casals led the inning off with a single and would advance to third on the double by Ridley. Binghamton’s Ben Anderson (3-1) would strikeout the next three Black Bears, however to end the scoring opportunity.
Kemble walked the opening batter in the sixth, but Binghamton could get nothing going against the Bangor native. Maine could not get a runner on base in the top of the seventh, as Binghamton would earn the win to split the series, taking a 4-1 win in their first America East win of the season.
Maine returns to the Empire State next weekend, when the Black Bears face Stony Brook for a three-game weekend series. First pitch for Friday’s doubleheader is set for noon at Joe Nathan Field.