ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball team will determine its postseason fate with two games at Stony Brook today on Long Island.
Regardless of the outcome, the Black Bears have played their final games at Mahaney Diamond this season.
An America East committee met Friday via conference call to discuss schools’ proposals for next week’s America East Baseball Championship.
Three schools — Binghamton, Maine and Vermont — submitted bids to host the four-team, double-elimination tournament.
By virtue of Friday’s split against Vermont, the Bearcats earned the right to be the tournament hosts.
America East Associate Commissioner Matt Bourque said the America East Committee on Championships and Competition voted 9-0 Friday in favor of allowing Binghamton to use Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, N.Y., as its home field for the event.
Binghamton has won the America East regular-season title each of the last two years, but was unable to host the tournament.
America East does not require schools to have an on-campus facility to host the championship. Rather, schools can procure an adequate facility with lights somewhere in proximity to their campus.
Bourque said Union-Endicott High is located six miles from Binghamton’s campus in Vestal, N.Y.
The past two years, Stony Brook hosted the tournament at Farmingdale State University, which is located almost 22 miles from Stony Brook.
The America East Championship begins Thursday with two first-round games. UMaine is among four teams vying for the three remaining postseason berths.
Souhlaris, Waters earn honors
UMaine softball standouts Alexis Souhlaris and Ashley Waters were named to the 2009 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Northeast All-Regional First-Team Thursday.
Souhlaris earned regional All-America honors for the first time in her career, while Waters earned the award for the second-straight season after being named to the second team last season. It marks the first time in program history that a player has earned first-team all-regional honors.
Souhlaris, the 2009 America East co-Player of the Year, ranked among the top three in America East in several categories, including: batting average (2nd, .397); hits (1st, 73); runs scored (1st, 48); home runs (3rd, 12); total bases (1st, 126); and stolen bases (3rd, 25-of-27).
Souhlaris, who earned first-team All-America East honors this season, also had a strong season in the pitching circle with a 6-6 record with a 2.76 ERA. The junior outfielder/pitcher became the sixth Black Bear in program history to be named to the all-regional team, joining Lynn Hearty-Coutts (1987), Stacey Caron (1988), Tina Ouellette (1988), Sara Jewett (1999-00) and Waters (2008-09).
Waters joined Jewett as the only players in school history to be named to the all-regional team twice. A senior second baseman, Waters batted .339 with three home runs and 29 RBIs. She led the league in triples with four and ranked third in doubles with 15.
Waters was named to the All-America East first team this past season for the second year in a row. She concluded her career as the school’s all-time hits leader with 215.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams.
Four to try out for Canadian team
University of Maine field hockey standouts Brittany Fleck, Stephanie Gardiner, and Kelly Newton of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Jocelyn Mitchell of Kanata, Ontario, will try out for the Canadian Women’s Senior National Team May 21-24. The four will all be sophomores in the fall.
Fleck, a goalie, was named the America East Rookie of the Week on Oct. 20 after making six saves and leading Maine to its first win at Boston University since 1993.
Gardiner, a forward, was named to the All-America East second team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie team after being named America East Rookie of the Week on three occasions. Her 21 points were second on the team.
Mitchell, a forward, was third on the team with five goals and was sixth in America East with 2.65 shots per game in 17 games played.
Newton, a forward, was named the 2008 America East Rookie of the Year as she led the America East with 1.67 points per game. She led Maine with 25 points, and was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Regional first team, America East first team, was a unanimous selection to the America East All-Rookie team and was named to the WomensFieldHockey.com National All-Rookie team.