VESTAL, N.Y. — Stony Brook righthander Nick Tropeano limited the University of Maine to four hits through eight innings Wednesday, leading the way for the Seawolves’ 10-1 victory in the opening round of the America East Baseball Championship at Binghamton University’s Varsity Field.
Third-seeded Stony Brook (27-25) advances to Thursday’s 3 p.m. winners’ bracket game against the winner of Wednesday’s second game between top seed Binghamton and No. 4 Albany.
Coach Steve Trimper’s second-seeded Black Bears (34-21) are relegated to Thursday’s 11 a.m. losers’ bracket contest against the Binghamton-Albany loser.
Tropeano (8-3) struck out six and walked four, keeping UMaine from putting together any significant rallies. The Seawolves backed him with a 15-hit attack, including four during a five-run sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent Stony Brook on its way.
Freshman Jeff Gibbs (5-4) worked around some trouble early, before being chased in the sixth inning. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs in five-plus innings.
Joe Mercurio led the UMaine offense with two singles, while senior classmate Tony Patane stroked a double among the Bears’ five hits.
Chad Marshall paced the Seawolves with a double, two singles and two RBIs.
Top 9th: Stony Brook comes up with another run to push its lead to 10-1.
Bottom 8th: UMaine goes down 1-2-3. SBU leads 9-1.
Top 8th: Seahawks add an unearned run, extend advantage to 9-1.
Bottom 7th: UMaine finally gets on the board on Matt Howard’s RBI double. Score now 8-1.
Top 7th: The Seawolves tack on three runs, extend their lead to 8-0.
Bottom 6th: UMaine gets a one-out double by Tony Patane, but he’s caught off second base when the ball gets away and is tagged out. SBU leads 5-0.
Top 6th: Stony Brook sends eight men to the plate and scores five runs, chasing Jeff Gibbs in favor of Keith Bilodeau. Seawolves lead 5-0.
Bottom 5th: Bears get the leadoff man on, but bunt into a double play.
Top 5th: Stony Brook loads the bases, but can’t score. Still 0-0
Bottom 4th: Joe Mercurio singles for UMaine’s first hit, but the Bears get nothing more. Score remains 0-0.
Top 4th: Gibbs retires the Seawolves 1-2-3.
Bottom 3rd: UMaine set down in order, still has no hits against Nick Tropeano.
Top 3rd: Seawolves load the bases with two outs, but Gibbs strikes out Michael Stephan to keep the game scoreless.
Bottom 2nd: Nick Tropeano strikes out two more, retires the side in order. Score remains 0-0.
Top 2nd: Jeff Gibbs retires Stony Brook 1-2-3.
Bottom 1st: Black Bears work two walks, but come up empty. 0-0 after one
Top 1st: Seawolves get two singles, but do not score.
It is hot and sunny for today’s opening round of the America East Baseball Championship, which is being hosted by Binghamton University.
The temperature is 84 degrees with a slightbreeze out of the northwest.
Senior shortstop Tony Patane is riding a 10-game hitting streak for UMaine.