The University of Maine baseball team earned a trip to the America East tournament for the fifth consecutive season. This year the double elimination tournament will be held at LeLacheur park in Lowell, Mass.
The Black Bears will take on Stony Brook in the opening game. Maine (24-27) lost two out of three games at Stony Brook in a series in early May.
Stony Brook (33-16) will be the number one seed in the tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Scott Heath leads the Black Bears offense. Heath is hitting .345 with four homers and 27 RBI. Troy Black is hitting .324 with 29 runs scored and 25 RBI. Black also has 15 stolen bases.Colin Gay, Brian Doran, Sam Balzano, and Alex Calbick also add to a deep Maine lineup.
Tommy Lawrence is the ace of the pitching staff. Lawrence is 8-4 with a 3.17 ERA. Lawrence is 34th in the nation with 90 strikeouts. Shaun Coughlin and Jeff Gelinas each have an ERA under 4.
Hartford comes in as the number two seed. The Hawks are 30-21. It is the first time in school history that the baseball program has reached 30 wins.
Binghamton (21-24) comes in as the number three seed and as the defending champion. Bill Bereszniewicz leads the team and the conference with a .366 batting average. It is the eighth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament for Binghamton.