Maine, Binghamton Clinch Final #AEBASE Playoff Spots
Maine and Binghamton clinched the final two America East baseball championship spots, joining Stony Brook and Hartford as the four teams will compete for the conference title in Lowell, Mass., May 22-25. The teams will use the final regular-season weekend to figure out the seedings. Here's a recap of the weekend in America East baseball:
Stony Brook swept UMBC to take sole possession of first place by one game over Hartford in the conference. The Seawolves and Hawks will play for the conference regular-season crown and No. 1 seed in the tournament next weekend.
Cole Peragine and Kevin Krause led an offensive attack that scored 26 runs over three games. Peragine went 7-for-11 with four RBI while Kevin Krause drove in a team-high seven runs. It was a three-run seventh inning that was the difference in game one, as Frankie Vanderka tossed a complete-game in a 5-3 win.
Stony Brook scored four times in the first to separate themselves in game two as Peragine had four hits and Johnny Caputo had four RBI to lead the Seawolves to an 11-3 win. SBU finished the sweep by scoring six runs in the third and going on to a 10-3 win. Krause had four RBI to close out the series.
Maine took two of three from visiting Albany to clinch the fourth and final spot in the America East tournament. Scott Heath drove in four runs to lead the offense in the series, while also tossing four shutout innings on the mound.
The Black Bears scored three times in the seventh and then six more in the eighth to comeback from a 3-0 deficit to grab a 9-4 win in game one. Heath and Johnathan Salcedo did the damage in the eighth with a pair of two-run singles in the frame.
Josh Nethaway, who joined the 200-hit club in the doubleheader, led Albany to a game two win. The senior went 2-4 for three RBI in Albany's, 6-4, victory.
Heath and Shaun Coughlin combined for the shutout for the Black Bears in game three, allowing just four hits and one walk. Maine jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back, adding two in the fourth and two in the eighth to clinch the playoff spot.
Hartford will enter the final weekend of play just one game behind Stony Brook for first place after taking two of three on the road at UMass Lowell. Hartford had a very balanced offensive attack with seven different players driving in runs during the three game set.
The Hawks recovered from a 3-0 deficit in game one, scoring twice in the fourth and then putting together a four-run fifth to claim a 6-3 lead they would not relinquish. Touhey, Alfonso and Sheetz each had a pair of RBI in the contest.
Hartford once again came back in game two, scoring on an error in the fifth that tied the game at two and then taking the lead on a sac fly in the sixth. Ryan Lukach gave the Hawks some insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Game three had plenty of drama. Trailing 2-1, the Hawks tied the game with a one-out single by Sheetz in the top of the ninth.The River Hawks answered in the bottom of the inning, as Ian Strom blooped in a walk-off single that scored Danny Mendick from second.