LOWELL, Mass. -- The University of Maine baseball team fell to Stony Brook 4-1 in the opening round of the 2014 America East Tournament on Thursday afternoon at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Colin Gay (Franklin, Massachusetts) and Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) each had a pair of hits in the game for the Black Bears.
Maine falls to 24-28 on the season with the loss, while Stony Brook improves to 34-16.
Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Gay. He scored when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) followed with an RBI single.
Stony Brook tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame. Jack Parenty had a single and moved to second on an error and third on a sacrifice bunt. He tied the game when Kevin Krause grounded out.
Stony Brook took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Casey Baker doubled to right center field and scored when Anthony Italiano doubled down the left field line.
The Seawolves added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Courtney was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Casey Baker singled to left field. Stony Brook made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kevin Courtney singled to right field and scored when Baker reached on a fielder's choice.
Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Connecticut) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears. He went eight innings and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits. He struck out seven batters in the game for the Black Bears. He falls to 8-5 on the season. Lawrence has 97 strikeouts on the season, the third most in a single season in Maine history.
Frankie Vanderka allowed one run on eight hits for the Seawolves. He struck out six batters and improves to 4-5 on the season.
Maine returns to action when it faces the loser of the Hartford vs. Binghamton game on Friday, May 23 at 2 PM at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.