Field Set for 2014 #AEBASE Championship at LeLacheur Park
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third time in the last four seasons, the Stony Brook Seawolves will enter the America East Baseball Championship as the top seed after capturing the regular-season title on the season's final weekend. Joining the Seawolves at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., next week will be No. 2 Hartford, No. 3 Binghamton and No. 4 Maine.
The 2014 America East Baseball Championship will take place May 22-25 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., home to the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Boston Red Sox single-A affiliate Lowell Spinners. It is a double-elimination tournament format. Games will begin Thursday, May 22, with No. 1 Stony Brook facing No. 4 Maine at 2 p.m., followed by No. 2 Hartford vs. No. 3 Binghamton at approximately 6 p.m. Visit Championship Central for more information.
All four teams had already clinched spots in the tournament heading into the final weekend of the regular-season, but seeding was still up for grabs.
Stony Brook and Hartford faced-off in a three-game series to determine the regular-season title and No. 1 seed at Joe Nathan Field in Stony Brook, N.Y. After Sean Newcomb pitched Hartford to a, 6-1, victory in game one, the Seawolves bounced-back to win the next two and take the conference regular-season crown by two games. Game three of the series was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth with the No. 1 seed on the line before Kevin Krause and Anthony Italiano each drove in runs to give SBU a, 4-2, win.
Maine and Binghamton also were battling to see who would be the No. 3 seed with the Black Bears hosting UMBC and the Bearcats travling to play in-state rival Albany.
Maine won the first two games of the series against the Retrievers while Binghamton dropped the first two to Albany. The Black Bears had a chance to clinch the No. 3 seed on Sunday by finishing a sweep of UMBC, but dropped a, 2-1, extra-innings decision. Binghamton moved ahead of Maine by winning the final game of its series over Albany, 7-3.
Stony Brook (33-16, 18-5) eclipsed the 30-win mark for the sixth time in the last eight years while winning the conference regular-season for the third time in program history. The pitching depth has been the strength for SBU and the staff led the league during conference play with a 2.37 team ERA. At the plate, it has been junior catcher Kevin Krause doing the damage with a conference-high 24 RBI in 23 league contests. The Seawolves will look to capture their fifth tournament title and third in the last five years.
Hartford (30-21, 16-7) is having its best season in program history, reaching 30 wins for the first time. The second-place finish for the Hawks is also the best in program history as they will make their first appearance in the America East tournament since 1996. Starting pitcher Sean Newcomb is unbeaten on the mound during conference play with a 6-0 record and a 1.44 ERA.
Reigning champion, Binghamton (21-24, 11-12) makes its eighth-straight tournament appearance and will be the No. 3 seed. The Bearcats led the conference during league play with a .281 team batting average. Bill Bereszniewicz enters the tournament with a conference-best .366 batting average.
Maine (24-27, 10-11) is playing in its fifth-straight America East tournament and will be the No. 4 seed. The Black Bears were tops in the league in hitting in all games played, batting .286 as a team. Five different players are batting over .300 entering the tournament, led by Scott Heath at .355. Tommy Lawrence leads the Black Bear pitching staff with an 8-4 record and 90 strikeouts to top the conference.
2014 America East Baseball Championship
LeLacheur Park - Lowell, Mass.
Thursday, May 22
Game 1: No. 1 Stony Brook vs. No. 4 Maine - 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 2 Hartford vs. No. 3 Binghamton - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 23
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 6 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 24
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 2 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 25 (if necessary)
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 - Noon