The University of Maine baseball team put their ace on the mound for the America East opener on Saturday afternoon at Baltimore.
Tommy Lawrence delivered like the ace that he is.
Lawrence pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run on eight hits and one walk in leading the Black Bears to a 4-1 victory in game one of a doubleheader over UMBC.
Lawrence struck out eight.
Joe Vanderplas matched Lawrence through the first four innings.
Maine only managed one hit off Vanderplas through the first 4.2 innings.
Jonathan Salcedo, Sam Balzano, and Colin Gay each hit a single with two outs in the fifth inning as the Black Bears took a 1-0 lead.
UMBC tied the score when Hunter Dolshun hit a single that scored Kevin Lachance during the bottom of the sixth inning.
Salcedo hit a double in the seventh and came around to score as Maine took a 2-1 lead.
Maine added insurance runs in the final two innings.
Lawrence retired the final seven batters he faced. He struck out two during the bottom of the ninth inning.
Lawrence threw 85 strikes on 125 pitches.
Mac Gill did not allow any earned runs in a complete game effort to lead UMBC to a 2-1 victory over Maine in game two of the doubleheader.
Maine (8-15/1-1) and UMBC (4-10/2-3) will finish their series on Sunday afternoon.