Lowell, Mass. -- Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) pitched a complete game, allowing just one run, as the University of Maine baseball team defeated Stony Brook 3-1 on Friday afternoon in the 2013 America East Tournament. The Black Bears now face Binghamton at 8 PM on Friday night at LeLacheur Park to try to force a game seven on Saturday.
Maine improves to 36-21 on the season.
After four scoreless innings, Stony Brook struck with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Johnny Caputo reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored when Brett Tenuto singled to right field.
Maine took the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) drew a walk and Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) had a chopper that resulted in a double down the right field line. Both runners scored when Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled through the right side. Fransoso advanced to second on the play, stole third and scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) singled to left field.
Connolly was outstanding, going the distance for the Black Bears. He allowed one run on eight hits and improves to 6-3 on the season.
Daniel Zamora went eight innings on the mound for the Seawolves. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high 13. He moves to 2-8 on the season. Tim Knesnik pitched the final inning for the Seawolves.
Maine faces Binghamton at 8 PM.