UML, SBU Sweep Weekend #AEBASE Series
The America East baseball championship is a month away at LeLeacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., and the Stony Brook Seawolves stand in first place after a sweep of Albany. Recap the weekend series:
Binghamton picked up a big series win, taking two of three from Hartford to move to 8-9 in conference play. The Hawks fell to second with a 10-4 league record.
The Hawks won game one of the series behind six shutout innings from Sean Newcomb. Chris DelDebbio and James Alfonso drove in three runs apiece to pace the Hartford offense in a 9-1 victory.
The Binghamton bats awoke in game two, scoring 13 runs on 16 hits. Zach Blanden had a huge game, going three-for-six with six RBI.
The teams needed extra innings to decide game three, as Binghamton came back from a 3-1 deficit. Shaun McGraw, who drove in the game-tying run in the seventh, brought in the game-winning run in the 11th with a single through the left side to give the Bearcats a 4-3 win.
UMass Lowell swept a three-game series from UMBC, pushing the team's winning streak to six and moving the squad to 8-6 in the conference. The River Hawks hit .370 over the three-game series, scoring 32 runs. Ian Strom led the team with a .538 batting average, driving in five RBI.
Shane Beauchemin allowed just one run on three hits in game one, helping UMass Lowell to a 5-1 victory. The game was tied at one heading into the fifth when O'Keefe and Reynolds each drove in runs to give UML a 3-1 lead.
Danny Mendick drove in six runs in game two, helping UMass Lowell to a 15-1 victory as the River Hawks swept the Saturday doubleheader. UMass Lowell completed the sweep in game three, coming back from an 8-3 deficit to win 12-8. Strom drove in three runs in the contest, while Sanchez added four.
Stony Brook moved into first place, sweeping Albany in a three-game series. Kevin Krause led the Stony Brook offensive attack, going 7-for-12 with nine RBI.
The Seawolves jumped out to an early lead as Krause hit a two-run double as part of a three-run first inning. Stony Brook built a 6-1 lead and held on for the 6-3 victory.
Stony Brook had to come-from-behind in game two. The Seawolves were up 5-0 before Albany scored six runs in in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. Kevin Courtney and Cole Peragine brought SBU back with RBI singles in the sixth, giving the Seawolves a 7-6 advantage. SBU extended the lead with four more in the seventh to go up 11-6 and held on for the 12-7 win.
Stony Brook scored eight runs over the first four innings and never looked back in game three. Krause had four more RBI and the Seawolves went on to a 13-2 victory.