FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Albany won three straight, including two in dramatic fashion over top-seeded Binghamton, to capture its first-ever America East Baseball Championship on Saturday afternoon at Farmingdale State College. The Great Danes have earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will learn their opponent during the selection show live on ESPN Monday at 12:30 p.m.
In a game that will go down as one of the best pitcher’s duel in America East Championship history, starters Cory Warring (Albany) and Jeff Dennis (Binghamton) were stellar on the hill.
Neither team could get much going offensively until Albany broke the scoreless deadlock with a two-out rally in fifth. Leo Corvino drew a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a single by Steve Wyland, which turned out to be the game’s only run.
Warrings, the championship’s most outstanding player, pitched six and a third shutout innings allowing just three-hits and struck out a pair. Equally impressive was the Great Dane bullpen that shutdown the Bearcats allowing just three hits in the final two and two-thirds innings.
Dennis went six complete innings allowing one run on three hits. He struck out eight batters, while Greg Lane tossed three no-hit shutout innings in relief.
Offensively, Wyland went 2-for-4 as he drove in the game’s only run for Albany, while Matt Simek went 2-for-3 for the Bearcats.
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Sean Donovan, Albany
John Naples, Albany
Cory Warring, Albany (Most Outstanding Player)
Steve Wyland, Albany
Ryan James, Binghamton
Henry Dunn, Binghamton
Matt Simek, Binghamton
Billy Cather, Maine
Curt Smith, Maine
Rob Leonard, Stony Brook
2007 America East Baseball Championship
at Farmingdale State College (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
May 24-26, 2007
Thursday, May 24
|Game 1: No. 1 Binghamton 9, No. 4 Maine 3||FINAL||Recap | Box Score|
|Game 2: No. 3 Albany 5, No. 2 Stony Brook 2||FINAL||Recap | Box Score|