LOWELL, Mass. -- The University of Maine baseball team (35-20) used a 14-hit performance, coupled with a complete-game shutout victory by Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.), to defeat Stony Brook 7-0 in the opening round of the America East Championships at LeLacheur Park on Wednesday evening. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) powered the offense with a three-run home run as five other Black Bear batters added a pair of hits.
Lawrence won his 10th game of the year, tying the school record for victories in a season.
Maine jumped on Stony Brook starter Frankie Vanderka early as the Black Bears batted around in the bottom of the first, plating four runs to take an early 4-0 lead. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) started the rally with a one out single to center. Black moved into scoring position after stealing second before moving up to third on a single into center from Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.). Fransoso was able to move up to second on the play before Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) lined a single into left, scoring Black and moving Fransoso to third. MaineÕs bats stayed alive as White floated a single into center, bringing Fransoso in from third and giving Maine runners on first and second with one out. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) grounded out to second, allowing Calbick and White to advance to second and third. Scott Heath's (Westbrook, Maine) sharp single up the middle was knocked down but rolled into center, allowing Calbick and White to score.
White padded the Black Bear lead in the bottom of the fifth as he belted a three-run home run over the left field wall. Black againstarted the rally for Maine with a sharp single into right and advanced to second on a walk from Calbick. White then stepped in and blasted a home run off the scoreboard in left field, giving Maine a 7-0 advantage.
Lawrence and the Maine defense continued to shut down the Seawolves offense as the junior righthander moved to 10-3 on the year with the complete-game shutout victory. He surrendered just two hits. Lawrence, the first to toss a complete-game shutout in America East Championship play since May 27, 2010, added six strikeouts in the win.
Maine advances to the winners bracket of the 2013 America East Championships as it will face the winner of Albany and Binghamton on Thursday, May 23 at 8 PM from LeLacheur Park.