BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In game three against Samford, the University of Maine baseball team could not comeback from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning, falling, 4-0, to the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Joe Lee Griffin Stadium.
Cody Laweryson began the game on the mound for the Black Bears (1-15) and impressed, striking out six Bulldogs (14-5), while walking just one. He allowed just three hits in four innings of work.
In relief, Jacob Small (0-2) pitched the fifth and sixth innings, while Matthew Pushard (1/3 IP) and Dillon Stimpson (2/3 IP) combined to pitch the seventh, while Matt Geoffrion finished the game out in the eighth frame.
Heren Sardinas, Colin Ridley and Cody Pasic all tallied hits in the contest.
The game began as a pitching duel, with Laweryson and Samford’s Zach Hester went toe-to-toe with one another.
After setting the side down in order in the first inning, Samford was able to load the bases in the bottom of the second inning, after a walk and two singles. Laweryson responded with his third strikeout to get the Black Bears out of a jam.
After exiting the contest after the fourth, Small faced the minimum in the fifth, as Pasic threw out a Bulldog trying to steal. The following inning, Samford put a runner on base after a hit-by-pitch with one out. The next batter hit a two-run home run, breaking the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Small would limit the damage to two runs, after a ground-out to third base ended the frame.
Ridley would single in the top half of the seventh, but the Black Bears could not drive him home. Pushard entered the game for the Black Bears, as back-to-back singles and a passed ball would score the Bulldogs’ third run of the contest. Stimpson would enter the contest with two outs in seventh, as an RBI single would score the fourth and final run for Samford. Maine executed a 6-4-3 double play to escape the inning.
The Black Bears would put a runner on base in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but could not drive any runs in, falling in the rubber match to Samford.
Maine will have a day off on Monday, before resuming its spring break trip with a single game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Tuesday night. First pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa.