This Week in #AEBASE - Week 5
Conference baseball rolls on into the fifth week with three more series on the horizon. Here's a look at each of the series with links to watch live:
Maine (10-19, 1-5 AE) at UMass Lowell (10-10, 3-2 AE)
Sat., April 12, 12 p.m. - Shane Beauchemin, Sr., RHP, UMass Lowell (2-1, 4.97 ERA) vs. Tommy Lawrence, Sr., RHP, Maine (2-4, 4.78 ERA)
Sat., April 12, 3 p.m. - Mike Calzetta, Sr., RHP, UMass Lowell (2-1, 2.96 ERA) vs. Shaun Coughlin, Sr., RHP, Maine (2-3, 3.41 ERA)
Sun., April 13, 12 p.m. - Christian Lavoie, Jr., RHP, UMass Lowell (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. TBA
UMass Lowell and Maine were scheduled to play a series in Orono two weeks ago, but the series was canceled due to snow. The Black Bears are looking to turn things around after a 1-5 start to conference play. Maine was swept by Hartford last weekend in a three-game set and have lost five-straight conference contests since beating UMBC in the team's conference opener.
Through five conference games played, the league newcomer, UMass Lowell is the top offensive team in the America East, hitting at .288 and helping the River Hawks to a 3-2 record. The River Hawks were 8-2 to start the year but are now 2-8 in their last 10, including dropping two of three at Albany last weekend.
Binghamton (9-15, 4-4 AE) at Stony Brook (17-11, 4-1 AE)
Sat., April 12, 12 p.m. - Jack Rogalla, Jr., RHP, Binghamton (3-3, 2.15 ERA) vs. TBA
Sat., April 12, 3 p.m. - Mike Urbanski, Jr., RHP, Binghamton (2-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. TBA
Sun., April 13, 12 p.m. - Jake Cryts, So., RHP, Binghamton (2-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. TBA
The co-preseason favorites will meet at Joe Nathan Field in a three-game series. Stony Brook, arguably the hottest team in the conference, enters the weekend in first place in the America East with a 4-1 league record. The Seawolves are 17-5 in their last 22 contests.
Binghamton had won five of six before dropping two mid-week non-conference games. The Bearcats worked their way back to .500 in conference play after sweeping UMBC last weekend which led to a sweep of the America East weekly awards. Jake Thomas had a huge weekend at the plate, batting .438 with two home runs and eight RBI.
UMBC (7-18, 3-6 AE) at Albany (7-16, 4-5 AE)
Sat., April 12, 12 p.m. - Riley Stephenson - So., RHP, UMBC (1-3, 5.72 ERA) vs. Matt Gallup – Jr., RHP, Albany (1-2, 8.37 ERA)
Sat., April 12, 3 p.m. - Mac Gill - Sr., RHP, UMBC (1-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Stephen Woods – Fr. RHP, Albany (1-2, 7.32 ERA)
Albany and UMBC meet for the second time this season in a three game series. The two teams are separated by just one game in the standings heading into the weekend.
The Great Danes won two of three the first time and are coming off a series win over UMass Lowell last weekend. Evan Harasta leads the team with a .301 batting average and played hero last weekend with a three-run walk-off home run in game one of the series against the River Hawks.
UMBC was swept by Binghamton last weekend but picked-up a mid-week win over Delaware State in the team's last outing, scoring 17 runs. Freshman Hunter Dolshun has been outstanding, hitting at a .342 clip with 13 RBI.
Hartford (17-11, 6-2 AE) at Rutgers
Sat., April 12, 12 p.m. - Kyle Gauthier, So., P, Hartford (3-0, 1.53 ERA)
Sat., April 12, 3 p.m. - Sean Newcomb, Jr., LHP, Hartford (3-1, 0.78 ERA)
Sun., April 13, 12 p.m. - David Drouin, Fr., RHP, Hartford (1-0, 3.09 ERA)
Hartford gets a break from conference play as the Hawks travel to face Rutgers for a three game series that begins Friday. After dropping their first five games of the season, the Hawks are 17-6 in their last 23, including winning four-straight games three different times this year. Sean Newcomb takes the ball in game two, leading the conference with a 0.78 ERA.