BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Maine baseball team put up a season-high 10 hits, but the Black Bears could not comeback from a 5-0 deficit, falling 5-2 to in the spring break opening game to Samford on Friday afternoon at Joe Lee Griffin Stadium.
The Black Bears (0-14) were led by Hernen Sardinas’ three hits on the day, which included two doubles. Colin Ridley and Cody Pasic also tallied multi-hit games, while Danny Casals smacked a double. Caleb Kerbs tallied the lone RBI of the contest for Maine in the sixth inning.
Nick Silva (0-3) went four-plus innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, while walking two and striking out one. The Black Bear reliever duo of Dillon Stimpson (1.0 innings pitched) and Nicholas Sinacola (3.0 IP) combined to allow just two base runners over the course of the final four innings.
After the Bulldogs (13-4) stranded two runners in the first inning, Samford put up a single run in both the second and third innings, before a two-run home run led to a three-run fourth.
As Samford led 5-0, Maine would get in the run column in inning number six as Casals would begin the inning on base after being hit by a pitch. He advanced to third after a single from Colin Ridley and a throwing error. Kerbs sent him home after a ground-out to short. Ridley advanced to third on the play, but would be stranded on base.
The following inning, the first two Black Bears struck out to begin the inning, but Sardinas’ second double of the day but a runner in scoring position. With Kevin Doody up to bat, a wild throw by the Samford third baseman would score Sardinas and move Doody up to second. Doody would advance to third on a wild pitch, but a foul-out ended the frame.
The Black Bears would put a runner on base after a Ridley single, but a double-play thwarted the threat. Maine would go 1-2-3 in the ninth, as Samford earned win number 13 on the season.
Maine and Samford will meet tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. EST for game two of the three game series. All three games this weekend will be broadcasted on ESPN 3. Peter Kemble will be the starting pitcher for Maine, while Jesse McCord is slated to start for the Bulldogs.