Scout Knotts of the University of Maine slides into third base during an April 3 game against Binghamton in Orono. Credit: Courtesy of Peter Buehner

Scout Knotts and Jake Rainess each posted two hits and drove in a pair of runs on Friday afternoon, helping the University of Maine baseball team outslug UMass Lowell 11-7 in the first game of an America East baseball doubleheader in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The River Hawks bounced back to win the nightcap 5-1.

Knotts stroked a two-run home run in the second inning and doubled, while Rainess hit an RBI single in the second and a run-scoring double in the third for the Black Bears (13-10, 8-7 AE). Quinn McDaniel singled twice, Ryan Turenne jacked a two-run homer and Jake Marquez provided a two-run single among his two hits.

Peter Kemble of Bangor (1-2) picked up the victory in relief of starter Michael Bacica. He logged four innings of four-hit, two-run ball with three strikeouts, a walk and a hit batsman.

Dillon Stimpson closed it out, working 1 1/3 innings of hitless, shutout relief. He walked one and hit one.

Jivel Lantigua singled twice and drove in two runs for UMass Lowell (9-20, 8-12 AE). Cam Climo clouted a two-run double in support of starter and loser Collin Duffy (2-6). He was touched up for seven hits and eight earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked four.

The Black Bears spotted the River Hawks a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but took the lead for good while scoring six runs in the third and three times in the fourth.

In the second game, Cam Seguin pitched six shutout innings, allowing only five hits, as UML earned the split. He struck out six and walked one.

Gerry Siracusa (3 RBIs) and Robert Gallagher (RBI) each rapped a double and two singles to pace the River Hawks offense. Vinnie Martin added two singles and an RBI.

Conor Goodman (RBI) and Marquez each collected a double and a single to lead UMaine, while McDaniel stroked a solo home run. Starter Alex McKenney of Hampden suffered the loss, giving up three runs, six hits and five walks through four innings.

The teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader on Saturday.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...