Courtesy: America East Communications

This Week in #AEBASE - Week 9

Release: 05/08/2014

The penultimate weekend of the America East regular-season begins with a rare Friday doubleheader as four teams fight for the final two spots in the conference tournament. Here's a look at the weekend match-ups:

Stony Brook (28-15, 13-4 AE) at UMBC (15-24, 6-12 AE)
Friday, May 9, 3 p.m. - Frankie Vanderka (Sr., RHP) 3-1, 2.54 ERA vs. Riley Stephenson (So., RHP) 2-5, 6.02 ERA
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Friday, May 9, 6 p.m. - Brandon McNitt (Sr., RHP) 5-1, 2.94 ERA vs. Mac Gill (Sr., RHP) 1-5, 4.67 ERA
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Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. - Tyler Honahan (LHP) 6-2, 3.04 ERA vs. Joe Vanderplas (So., LHP) 1-2, 3.58 ERA
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Stony Brook enters the weekend tied with Hartford for first place with six games to play. The Seawolves took two of three from Maine last weekend and have won six of seven. Kevin Courtney is coming off a huge game in a, 15-4, mid-week win over NYIT where he hit for the cycle and drove in four runs.

UMBC snapped a six-game skid with back-to-back non-conference wins this week against local rivals Towson and Georgetown. Freshman Hunter Dolshun, who had four hits in the win over Towson, leads the team with a .327 batting average.

Hartford (27-17, 13-4 AE) at UMass Lowell (18-18, 9-8 AE)
Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. - Sean Newcomb (Jr., LHP) 5-2, 0.98 ERA vs. Shane Beauchemin (Sr., RHP) 3-3, 4.38 ERA
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Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m. - Brian Hunter (Sr., RHP) 3-6, 3.75 ERA  vs. Mike Calzetta (Sr., RHP), 3-1, 2.53 ERA
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Sunday, May 11, 12 p.m. - Kyle Gauthier (So., RHP) 4-0, 2.04 ERA vs. Christian Lavoie (Jr., RHP) 1-2, 3.11 ERA
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Hartford clinched a spot in the America East tournament for the first time since 1996 after sweeping UMBC last weekend. The Hawks are tied for first and boast the best team ERA in the conference at 2.83. Game one starter, Sean Newcomb, enters the contest 5-2 with a 0.98 ERA and tossed a complete-game shutout in his last outing against UMBC.

UMass Lowell is 8-3 in its last 11 games heading into the weekend and has three of the top six batting averages in the conference in Mottola, Sanchez and Mendick. The River Hawks are currently third in the standings but are not eligible for the America East Championship while making the transition to Division I.

Albany (9-30, 4-14 AE) at Maine (19-25, 6-9 AE)
Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. - Kevin Archbold (Sr., LHP) 2-3, 2.45 ERA vs. Tommy Lawrence (Sr., RHP) 6-4, 3.31 ERA
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Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m. - TBA vs. Jeff Gelinas (Fr., RHP) 3-3, 2.86 ERA
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Sunday, May 11, 12 p.m. - TBA vs. TBA
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Maine can clinch a spot in the America East Championship if the Black Bears sweep Albany and UMBC is swept by Stony Brook. Maine ace Tommy Lawrence has been almost perfect in his last three outings with three-straight complete games and allowing just one run. He has a league-best 84 strikeouts.

Albany split four games against NJIT last weekend and returns to conference play looking for its third conference series win this season. Josh Nethaway had a big offensive weekend for the Great Danes against the Highlanders, going 6-for-14 with 10 RBI in the series. He leads the team with 5 home runs and 30 RBI.