STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The University of Maine baseball team split a doubleheader with Stony Brook University Saturday, falling 17-7 in the first game and prevailing 6-5 in the 10-inning nightcap, but it wasn’t enough to launch the Black Bears into the America East playoffs.
The University of Vermont, which swept its doubleheader against Binghamton University Saturday, clinched the fourth and final seed in the playoffs. Binghamton has the top seed while the University at Albany is second and Stony Brook is third. The tournament starts Thursday.
Maine finishes its season at 32-23 overall and 13-11 in America East play. Stony Brook moves on at 29-21 and 14-10.
In the first game, Stony Brook scored seven runs in the first two innings, but the Black Bears came back in the top of the third to tie it at 7-7
Maine’s Kevin McAvoy hit a two-run home run and Tony Patane followed with a three-run homer in the six-run third.
The Seawolves pulled away in the fourth when they scored two runs on two errors by the Black Bears. They added another two runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth.
Robert Dyer drove in five runs to lead the Seawolves. He hit two home runs and scored three times. Stephan Marino homered and singled to drive in four runs. Chad Marshall doubled, singled and scored three runs.
Jonathan Kalkau picked up the win by pitching 4¤ innings of relief. He shut down Maine by allowing no runs, two hits and no walks while striking out five.
Patane and McAvoy led the Bears with five RBIs combined. Danny Menendez tripled and singled and Joey Martin singled twice.
In the second game, Maine’s Martin drew a walk to lead off the 10th inning and was sacrificed to second by Menendez. Martin scored the winning run on a single by Billy Cather.
The Black Bears trailed 5-3 in the ninth until Myckie Lugbauer came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a two-run single to tie it at 5-5.
Alejando Balsinde relieved starter Keith Bilodeau and earned the victory by allowing one hit, one walk and no runs through two innings. Kevin Scanlan picked up his second save by allowing one hit in a scoreless 10th inning.
Patane hit a two-run home run in the three-run fifth inning for the Black Bears. Cather singled twice while McAvoy, Justin Leisenheimer and Ian Leisenheimer each singled and scored.
Marino led the Seawolves with three singles and an RBI. Michael Tansey and Marshall each hit two singles and drove in a run.
Losing pitcher Marc Brown pitched 1¤ innings, falling to 3-3.