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Hartford and Stony Brook play for the final playoff spot on the final weekend of the regular season.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Hartford, Stony Brook Battle for Final Playoff Spot as Regular-Season Wraps-Up

Release: 05/16/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stony Brook and Hartford will battle for the final spot in the America East Baseball Championship in a three-game series on the last weekend of the season Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18.

Three teams have locked-in spots to the championship, including 2013 regular-season champion Maine. Albany and Binghamton have also secured spots, but could end up anywhere from No. 2 to No. 3.

The winner of the Stony Brook vs. Hartford series will clinch a spot with a chance to rise as high as the No. 3 seed. The winner of the Binghamton vs. Albany series will be the No. 2 seed.

Here is a look at the weekend matchups:

Stony Brook (22-31, 13-14 AE) at Hartford (12-15, 16-34 AE)
Fri., May 17, 12 p.m. – Frankie Vanderka, Stony Brook (7-3, 2.34 ERA) vs. Anthony Mannucia, Hartford (2-3, 3.41 ERA)

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Fri., May 17, 2 p.m. – TBA, Stony Brook vs. Sean Newcomb, Hartford (5-4, 3.82 ERA)

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Sat., May 18, 1:15 p.m. – TBA, Stony Brook vs. Brian Hunter, Hartford (2-4, 3.60 ERA)

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The Seawolves and the Hawks will battle for the final spot in the America East Championship in Hartford, with the winner of the series clinching a playoff berth. Hartford owns the head-to-head tiebreak against Stony Brook, so would claim the final spot if the two teams end tied in the standings. Hartford has never qualified for an America East Championship since the tournament has been in a four-team format. The last time the Hawks made an appearance was in 1996.

Stony Brook is the reigning America East Champions and would throw one of the top starters in the league in game one of the series. Frankie Vanderka boasts and 7-3 record and a 2.34 ERA to lead the Seawolves.

Binghamton (25-21, 14-12 AE) at Albany (12-15, 16-34 AE)
Fri., May 17, 1 p.m. – Jake Lambert, Binghamton (5-2, 3.79 ERA) vs. Austin Chase, Albany (6-4, 4.14 ERA)

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Fri., May 17, 3 p.m. – Jack Rogalla, Binghamton (4-4, 2.79 ERA) vs. Ryan Stinar, Albany (1-0, 3.38 ERA)

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Sat., May 18, 1 p.m. – Jay Lynch, Binghamton (5-4, 2.84 ERA) vs. TBA, Albany

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Both Binghamton and Albany have secured spots in the championship but seeding is still up for grabs. The winner of the series will claim the No. 2 seed, while the loser could end up either No. 3 or No. 4 depending on the results from Stony Brook and Hartford. Albany comes in as the second-best hitting team in the conference with a .278 team average and scoring 233 runs. Binghamton has been consistent on the mound and will send out the same three starters they have had for the entire conference season. The Bearcats are second in the league with a 3.96 team ERA.

UMBC (17-28, 8-19 AE) at Maine (16-34, 12-15 AE)
Fri., May 17, 4 p.m. – Stephen Chrzanowski, UMBC (0-1, 4.34 ERA) vs. A.J. Bazdanes, Maine (5-5, 3.49 ERA)

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Fri., May 17, 6:30 p.m. – TBA, UMBC vs. Shaun Coughlin, Maine (1-1, 3.31 ERA)

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Sat., May 18, 1 p.m. – Mac Gill (3-5, 4.32 ERA) vs. Logan Fullmer, Maine (2-3, 5.79 ERA)

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Maine clinched its first regular-season title since 2002 last weekend and just the third in program history. The Black Bears are the best hitting and pitching team in the conference by the numbers. Tommy Lawrence will not start on the hill this weekend, but has already broken the conference record for most wins during the America East season with eight.

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