ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine baseball team dropped the rubber game of a three-game America East series to Binghamton on Sunday afternoon 8-2. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) homered in the game for the Black Bears.
Maine falls to 14-21 on the season and 5-7 in America East action. Binghamton improves to 12-19, 6-8 in conference action.
Binghamton struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Shaun McGraw walked and scored when Eddie Posavec was hit with the bases loaded.
The Bearcats added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Bill Bereszniewic singled to the pitcher and scored when McGraw singled to right field.
Maine got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Nick Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) led off the inning and doubled down the right field line. He scored when Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) grounded out.
Jake Thomas hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend Binghamton's lead to 6-1. Zach Blanden singled up the middle and Bereszniewic followed with a single through the right side. Nevarez walked to load the bases, before Thomas homered over the right field fence.
Maine got a run back in the top of the seventh inning when Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) homered to right field. For Salcedo, it was his second home run of the season.
Thomas belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Binghamton extended its lead to 8-2.
Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) went two innings for the Black Bears and allowed two runs on one hit. He falls to 2-3 on the season. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) replaced Gelinas. He allowed four runs on six hits over five innings. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) replaced Heath. Butler allowed two runs on one hit.
Jake Cryts went 6.2 innings for Binghamton on the mound and allowed just one run on seven hits. He improves to 3-4 on the season. Jextin Pugh replaced Cryts and went the final 2.1 innings.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, April 22 when it travels to Holy Cross. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM.