Hartford, Stony Brook Clinch #AEBASE Tournament Spots
Hartford clinched its first America East Championship berth since 1996, while Stony Brook will make its ninth-straight appearance following the weekend conference baseball action. There are still two spots up for grabs with three weeks of games left to play. Recap the weekend:
Hartford swept its third America East opponent of the year and clinched a spot in the conference tournament for the first time since 1996 against UMBC.
Sean Newcomb got things started on the right foot for the Hawks, tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout in game one as Hartford won 4-0. The junior struck out nine and walked two in the contest.
James Alfonso sparked the offense in game two, contributing a two-run double as part of a four run first inning. Alfonso finished with three RBI while Stover had a pair as Hartford went on to a 9-3 win behind a complete-game effort from Brian Hunter.
Trailing 2-1 in game three, Hartford plated two runs in the fourth on a Sheetz single and a Walker sac fly to take a 3-2 lead. After UMBC tied the game on a Casali groundout in the fifth, Hartford scored the deciding run when Aaron Wilson stole home in the seventh, giving the Hawks a 4-3 win and a sweep.
Stony Brook clinched its ninth-straight trip to the America East Championship by taking two of three from Maine at Joe Nathan Field.
Maine took game one, 2-1, behind yet another outstanding pitching performance from senior Tommy Lawrence. He scattered eight hits, allowing just one run and striking out seven while going the distance. Alex Calbick homered in the fourth and Sam Balzano had an RBI single in the fifth to provide the offense for the Black Bears.
The Stony Brook bats woke up in a big way in game two, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits in an 11-3 win. The Seawolves scored in each of the first four innings, including a five-run first that jump-started the club. Cole Peragine had a two-run single in the inning as he and Casey Baker finished with three RBI apiece.
The scoring came late for both teams in the rubber game, as both teams went scoreless through the first five. After trading runs in the sixth, Stony Brook broke the game open with three in the bottom of the eighth. Once again it was the Peragine-Baker combo getting it done, as Peragine had a two-run double and Baker notched an RBI triple to give SBU a 4-1 win.
Binghamton won its third-straight America East series, taking two of three from UMass Lowell.
Daniel Nevares was the story of game one for the Bearcats, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. Reed Gamache put Binghamton on the board with a two-run homer as part of a three-run second inning. After UMass Lowell scored four in the top of the fourth, Binghamton scored three more in the bottom of the frame including a two-run bomb by Nevares to go up 6-4. the Bearcats went on to a 10-6 win.
Mike Calzetta quieted the Binghamton bats in game two, pitching UMass Lowell to a 3-2 win in game two. Calzetta gave up just two runs on five hits in seven innings for the River Hawks. The game was tied at two heading into the seventh when Tower hit a double that scored Ian Strom, giving UMass Lowell the 3-2 lead they would hold on to.
It was more Nevares in game three, this time driving in six of the team's seven runs in a 7-3 win for Binghamton. Nevares tripled and hit his third home run of the series in the game. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie, and later hit a bases-clearing triple that scored three runs in the seventh that extended a 4-3 lead to 7-3.