Maine is just one win away from the America East baseball title
Jeremiah Jenkins hit a crucial two-run home run in the sixth inning, and Caleb Leys and Justin Baeyens combined a four-hitter as Maine advanced to the America East Baseball Tournament championship game with a 3-1 win over UMBC in Binghamton. New York.
The top-seeded Black Bears (31-19) have two chances to win the title on Saturday against third-seeded Binghamton, who beat UMBC 7-1 in an elimination game.
Leys (5-0) gave Anthony Swenda a home run in the third inning but otherwise kept the retrievers at bay as he faced just 28 batters in eight innings. He knocked out eight and walked two. Baeyens threw a perfect pitch in the ninth inning for his second save of the tournament and eighth of the season.
Maine leveled the game at the end of the third period when Jake Marquez hit a leadoff double and eventually scored with Quinn McDaniel’s sacrificial flight.
In the sixth run, McDaniel hit a leadoff walk and Jenkins followed with his 19th home run of the season.
GOLF: Topsham’s Caleb Manuel hit an even par 70 and Camden’s Cole Anderson opened with a 3-over-73 in the first round of the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Manuel, a junior in Georgia, was in the top 10 with 2 unders until he made consecutive bogeys on holes 6 and 7 – his 15th and 16th holes of the round. With many golfers still on the course, he was six shots behind Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman.
Anderson, a redshirt junior at Florida State, also started in the back nine and had a 15-hole lead before double bogeying on #7.
The individual competition lasts until Monday. The top 15 teams after Monday advance to the last two days of the team competition.
SOFTBALL: Haley Lee hit a grand slam, Cydney Sanders and Alyssa Brito each hit a home run and top-ranked Oklahoma extended their winning streak to 47 with a 9-2 win over Clemson in the opener of an NCAA Super Regional in Norman, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma (55-1) equaled Arizona’s Division I record from 1997. The Sooners can break the record in Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Saturday.
EASTERN LEAGUE: Corey Rosier scored on a bases-filled wild pitch at the end of the 11th inning as the Portland Sea Dogs (29-13) extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 4-3 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (20-21) at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs forced an extra innings when Ceddane Rafaela hit a home run late in the ninth game.
Corey Rosier was 2 for 3 with an RBI double for Portland, who got their second run in the seventh inning after a block that resulted in the disqualification of Fisher Cats manager Cesar Martin.
Portland starting pitcher Brian Van Belle conceded just five hits and two unearned runs in 61/3 innings. He struck nine and walked two.
PGA: PGA Tour rookie Harry Hall maintained the solo lead over 36 holes at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, for a total of 12-under-128, three shots ahead of Harris English, who hit the 170-yard eighth hole as part of his bogey -free 66.
After opening with 8-under 62, Hall had four straight birdies with 66 midway through his second round.
Emiliano Grillo was alone in third place after shooting a 65 to move to 8 under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Padraig Harrington followed his first 64 with a bogey-free 68 and held a three-shot lead at 12-under in two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship in Frisco, Texas.
Japan’s Katsumasa Miyamoto was three points behind Harrington on his senior PGA debut after a 69. Stewart Cink hit a 68 for the second consecutive year in his first tournament since turning 50, and was four shots behind.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Spanish golfer Jorge Campillo’s lead at the KLM Open shrank to two shots after he shot 1-under 71 in the second round in Cromvoirt, Netherlands.
Campillo is 10 under overall. His closest rival is Renato Paratore, an Italian in 455th who scored 68 points.
WORLD U20 CUP: The United States completed a perfect group stage of the U20 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Slovakia in San Juan, Argentina.
Cade Cowell made a counterattack before half-time and Niko Tsakiris scored the second in added time.
USA had already secured a spot in the knockout stages but finished the group stage with three wins from three games and clean sheets.
GENEVA OPEN: Grigor Dimitrov reached his first final on the ATP Tour in more than five years, defeating Taylor Fritz 3-6 7-5 7-6 (2) in Switzerland.
Dimitrov will play for the title on Saturday against unseeded Nicolás Jarry, who defeated third-seeded Alexander Zverev 7-6(3), 6-3 in a rematch of their 2019 final.
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GIRO d’ITALIA: Geraint Thomas persisted in his bid to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion, despite his lead being slightly reduced by Primož Roglič in the toughest stage of the race.
Roglič crossed the summit finish of the so-called “Queen’s Stage” at the end of the final mountain road stage of the race – a 183-kilometer route from Longarone to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo with climbs of up to three seconds ahead of Thomas. 18%
Stage 19 was won by Santiago Buitrago, who finished 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee.
37-year-old Thomas is 26 seconds ahead of Roglič ahead of Saturday’s crucial mountain time trial.
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