DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — For the second time ever, Maine baseball saw an 18-inning game, and for the second time, Maine won that 18-inning game by a final score of 5-4. It's Maine's second win in a row, putting it to an overall record of 5-4.
Tyler Schwanz hit an RBI double to score Lou Della Fera, who hit a leadoff single and stole second to start the top of the 18th to give Maine the 5-4 lead. St. Bonaventure had a chance in the bottom of the 18th with a runner on third and one out, but the ensuing squeeze attempt backfired as the runner was tagged out at home and Maine held on for the victory.
It was the longest game in program history since 1983, when Maine defeated Providence by an identical score in 18 innings.
Maine started Jonah Normandeau on the mound and he went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out four. He left the game in the sixth inning in the middle of a St. Bonaventure rally that saw the Bonnies tie the game up.
St. Bonaventure struck first with an RBI double in the bottom of the first put them up 1-0.
In the second, Hernen Sardinas hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Chris Bec and advancing Brandon Vicens to third base, tying the game up at 1-1. A passed ball would then allow Vicens to score on the play to take the lead, 2-1.
In the top of the fourth, a bases-loaded walk scored Hernen Sardinas from third to extend Maine's lead to 3-1.
In the bottom of the fifth and sixth St. Bonaventure notched a run, tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth, 3-3. Cody Laweryson would come into the game in relief. He ended the day going 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits, no runs, one walk and striking out five.
The game would remain 3-3 through nine innings and up through extra innings. Maine saw Connor Johnson come into the game in the bottom of the 11th. He had an impressive afternoon in relief as the afternoon became evening, going 4.0 innings, no hits or runs, two walks, and five strikeouts.
Maine would break the tie in the top of the 15th inning as Caleb Kerbs would hit an RBI single, scoring Brandon Vicens from first base and giving Maine the lead 4-3 going into the bottom of the 15th. However, Jeff Gelinas, who came in to pitch, allowed a single to the leadoff batter, who would then steal second, steal third and then score the game-tying run on a passed ball, sending the game to the 16th tied 4-4.
Matthew Pushard entered the game for Maine to begin the bottom of the 16th. Pushard would eventually be credited with the win, going 3.0 innings, allowing only three hits.
The two teams were set to square off Monday morning at 10am, but due to lack of rested pitching staff, will take the day off. They will face off again for the third time on Tuesday at 11 a.m.