Lowell, Mass. -- Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) pitched 5.1 innings on just one day rest to lead the University of Maine baseball team past Binghamton 6-1 on Friday night in the 2013 America East Championship. With the victory, Maine forced a winner-take-all game seven which will be played on Saturday at 3 PM. Lawrence earned his 11th win over the season in the game, setting the school record for victories in a season. The previous record of 10 had be accomplished five times, last in 2011 by Keith Bilodeau.
Maine scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) and Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) both beat out infield singles to start the inning. Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an error on the play, allowing Balzano to score. Fransoso scored when Eric White (Brewer, Maine) singled down the right field line.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the second inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He moved to third on a sacrifice by Mike Connolly (Bridgewater, Mass.) and scored on a squeeze play. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.), who reached on the play, scored when Black tripled to right field.
Maine added a run in the bottom of the third inning. White doubled to shallow center field and scored when Doran doubled to left field. For White, the hit was his fifth consecutive one.
Binghamton broke the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. John Howell singled and scored when Zach Blanden singled to left field.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) went 5.1 innings on just one day rest. He allowed one run on eight hits and improves to 11-3 on the season. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went 3.2 innings in relief to earn the save.
Jay Lynch went eight innings for Binghamton. He allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on 11 hits.
Maine and Binghamton return to action on Saturday, May 25 at 3 PM for a winner-take-all game at LeLacheur Park.