Bears fall to Stony Brook in America East tourney

Posted May 14, 2010, at 2:30 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Stony Brook University beat the University of Maine Black Bears 1-0 in Friday afternoon’s elimination game in the America East Tournament.

Maine winds up its season 23-28.

In the early game, the Bears halted Boston University pitcher Cassidi Hardy’s scoreless inning streak at 30 1/3 innings, but Hardy still notched her third win of the season against the Bears — and 19th overall.

Hardy would get all the run support she’d need when sophomore second baseman Erica Casacci belted her first career home run — a 210-foot, three-run shot over the fence in right center — in the third inning en route to a 5-1 victory over the Bears.

Hardy (19-7) went the distance, allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out seven batters.

Leadoff hitter Alexis Souhlaris led the Bears with two hits, a solo home run (sixth of the season) in the third inning and a single. Fellow senior and right fielder Whitney Spangler had a double and a single.

The BU Terriers (33-19) will play Stony Brook for the championship in a noon game on Saturday on Kessock Field.

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