Courtesy: America East Communications

Hartford Moves Into 1st Place in #AEBASE

Release: 04/20/2014

After six weeks of conference play, the Hartford Hawks now stand in first place in America East baseball, sweeping Albany over the weekend. The Hawks overtook Stony Brook by one game after the Seawolves dropped two of three on the road against UMass Lowell. Binghamton won two of three over Maine in a rematch of last year's title game to round out the weekend. Recap each of the weekend series:

Stony Brook (22-13, 8-3 AE) at UMass Lowell (12-15, 5-6)
Game 1: Stony Brook 9, UMass Lowell 3 - Box Score
Game 2: UMass Lowell 2, Stony Brook 1 - Box Score
Game 3:  UMass Lowell 3, Stony Brook 1 - Box Score

Conference newcomer UMass Lowell handed Stony Brook its first America East series loss of the year, taking two of three over the weekend. The Seawolves came out on top, 9-3, in game one, stretching their win streak to seven at the time. Kevin Krause led the SBU offensive attack with three hits, two RBI and three runs scored. The Seawolves opened the game up by scoring five times in the fifth, breaking a 1-1 tie.

The River Hawks bounced-back with a, 2-1, extra-inning win in game two. Stony Brook's Ryley MacEachern allowed just one run over seven innings, while Mike Calzetta matched him for the River Hawks, surrendering just one run in 5.2 innings. Jacob O'Keefe played hero, hitting a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth that drove home that plated the winning run.

Game 3 was all about an outstanding pitching performance from UMass Lowell's Christan Lavoie, giving up only one unearned run on three hits in 9.0 innings of work. Kelly Rooney drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, making it 2-1 River Hawks. UML would add an insurance run in the seventh and went on to a 3-1 win.

Maine (14-21, 5-7 AE) at Binghamton (12-19, 6-8 AE)
Game 1: Maine 3, Binghamton 0 - Box Score
Game 2: Binghamton 7, Maine 1 - Box Score
Game 3: Binghamton 8, Maine 2 - Box Score

Binghamton took two of three from Maine in Vestal, N.Y., in a rematch of the 2013 America East title game. Jake Thomas paced an outstanding offensive attack for the Bearcats, going 5-for-10 with two home runs and seven RBI in the three-game set.

Maine's Tommy Lawrence, the 2013 America East Pitcher of the Year, was the star of game one, tossing a complete-game shutout to lift the Black Bears to a 3-0 win. Alex Calbick broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. Maine added an insurance run later in the frame and another in the ninth.

Thomas awoke the Binghamton bats in game two with an RBI single in the first inning. McGraw and Gamache each drove in a pair of runs in the contest as Binghamton went on to the 7-1 win. Mike Urbanski and Greg Ostner combined to allow just one run in the contest, with Urbanski grabbing the win in 4.0 innings and Ostner going for a three-inning save.

Thomas put game three away, hitting a sixth-inning grand slam that extended a 2-1 lead to 6-1 as Binghamton earned an 8-2 victory.

Albany (7-22, 4-11 AE) at Hartford (21-14, 9-2 AE)
Game 1: Hartford 3, Albany 2 - Box Score
Game 2: Hartford 3, Albany 0 - Box Score
Game 3: Hartford 12, Albany 9 - Box Score

Hartford jumped into first place with a three-game sweep of Albany on Saturday and Sunday.

Ryan Lukach was the hero in game one with a walk-off squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning that brought home Chris DelDebbio to give Hartord a, 3-2, win. Sean Newcomb got the start on the hill for Hartford, allowing just one unearned run on three hits in 7.0 innings.

Pitching was the story of game two as Brian Hunter threw his fifth complete-game of the season for the Hawks, shutting out the Great Danes and allowing only four hits. The Hawks scored all three runs in the first inning of the contest with two coming home on a Brady Sheetz double.

Runs were scored in eight of the nine innings in game three of the series as Hartford prevailed, 12-9. DelDebbio went 3-for-5 with four RBI to lead Hartford at the dish. The Hawks jumped out to an 8-1 lead before Albany mounted a comeback. The Great Danes scored five times in the fifth inning, as DJ Hoagboon, Harasta, Lepre and Peltz each drove in runs. Hartford responded with three more in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.