Maine’s collegiate baseball team, led by Jeremiah Jenkins’ 2-run homer in the sixth inning, defeated UMBC 3-1 in Binghamton to clinch the USA East Baseball Tournament. The team, which holds a record of 31-19, will face either UMBC or Binghamton in the elimination game on Saturday. Caleb Reese, who gave up a home run to Anthony Swenda in the third inning, held off the Retrievers (30-26) against 28 hitters in eight innings. He had eight strikeouts and two walks. Justin Bayens pitched a perfect ninth inning, recording his eighth save of the season.
Jake Marquez hit the first double, leading Maine to tie the game in the bottom of the third. In the sixth, McDaniel walked the ball first, and Jenkins hit his 19th home run of the season.
In golf news, Topsham’s Caleb Manuel posted an even-par 70, while Camden’s Cole Anderson opened with a 3-over 73 in Round 1 of the NCAA Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. Manuel, who was in the top 10 at 2-under before hitting back-to-back bogeys on the 6th and 7th on the 15th and 16th holes of the round, was six strokes behind the leader, Ross Steelman. Anderson started in the back nine and was one over after 15 holes before hitting a double bogey at No. 7.
Spanish golfer Jorge Campillo cut his KLM Open lead to two strokes after posting a 1-under 71 in the second round at Kromvoirt, Netherlands. Campillo is 10 under in total.
In tennis, Grigor Dimitrov beat Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2) in Switzerland to reach the final of the ATP Tour for the first time in over five years. Dimitrov will face unseeded Nicolas Jarry on Saturday, who defeated No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev 7-6 (3) 6-3 in a rematch of the 2019 final.
In cycling, Geraint Thomas kept his target to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion, even though Primoš Roglic narrowed his lead in the race’s toughest phase. In stage 19, Santiago Buitrago won, finishing 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee. Thomas, 37, is 26 seconds ahead of Roglic in Saturday’s decisive mountain time trial.