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Posted May 06, 2011, at 5:10 p.m.

Baseball

MAINE vs. ALBANY

Time, site: Saturday (2) noon, Sunday, 1 p.m.; Varsity Field, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 19-21 (9-5 America East), Albany 17-22 (9-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 21-20, Albany 7-6 (12 inns.) on 4/25/11

Top hitters: Maine — 1B Justin Leisenheimer (.307, 3 HR, 11 RBI), CF Taylor Lewis (.301-2-18, 16 stolen bases), RF Joey Martin (.283-2-25, 13 SB), DH Tyler Patzalek (.277-1-21), 2B Troy Black (.391-0-9); Albany — CF Nolan Gaige (.327-3-22, 8 SB), RF Pete DiResta (.316-2-30, 7 SB), DH Mike Tirri (.313, 2-13), C Josh Nethaway (.280-2-27)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Keith Bilodeau (6-2, 3.02 ERA, 61 strikeouts), RH Jeff Gibbs (4-4, 4.50, 39), RH Steve Perakslis (3-4, 4.47, 39); Albany — RH Dave Kubiak (5-4, 3.23, 57), RH Kasceim Graham (3-1, 3.54, 39), RH Zach Kraham (3-4, 4.37, 43)

Outlook: The Black Bears would move into at least third place by taking two from the Great Danes. UMaine, which won two of three in Orono, also would earn the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bears, who have won four straight and 10 of their last 13, came into the week ranked first in AE fielding (.990 in league games), second in pitching (3.33 ERA) and third in batting (.287). Albany was swept Tuesday by Le Moyne and is 5-6 over its last 11 contests. The Great Danes’ 5.8 rpg in AE play ranks second.

Softball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Saturday (2) noon, Sunday, noon; Kessock Field, Orono

Records: Maine 17-29 (6-8 America East), Hartford 8-33 (2-13 AE)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 38-16, Maine 8-0 on March 28, 2010

Top hitters: Maine —  3B Terren Hall (.356-8 homers-37 RBIs, 8 stolen bases), LF Kali Burnham (.356-2-19), SS Jennifer Eberhardt (.318-4-21), DH Meghan McLain (.292-3-12);Hartford — DH Nicole Springer (.321-1-24), 3B Kate Wacyk (.283-4-11), CF Shannon Simpkins (.278-0-5, 9 SBs) LF Lauren Kamena (.223-3-16)l

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Beth Spoehr (8-11, 3.57 ERA), RH Ashley Kelley (4-13, 4.00), RH Kylie Sparks (5-5, 2 saves, 3.67); Hartford — RH Sierra Sheehan (3-16, 6.45, 12 complete games), RH Kaitlyn Meade (4-14, 4.95), RH Nicole Springer (1-3, 5.82)

Outlook: The Hawks are hitting just .215 as a team but erupted for 12 runs and 17 hits in a 12-7 win over Holy Cross on Thursday that snapped a seven-game losing streak. Springer and Kamena combined for six hits and six RBIs. The Bears, who have lost their last eight games against Divsion I opponents, need two wins to secure the final AE playoff slot. Kelley, an All-AE pitcher last season, had one of her best outings of the season in a 2-1 loss to Iona last weekend, firing a five-hitter with no walks and three strikeouts. Kelley shut out the Hawks in their last two meetings, 1-0 and 8-0. Hartford is just 1-15 on the road but Maine has had its struggles at home, sporting just a 2-7 mark at Kessock Field.

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