June 21, 2018
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UMaine baseball faces Binghamton in America East tournament



Time, site: Wednesday, 11 a.m., Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: Maine 29-22, Binghamton 21-26

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 21-16; Maine 6-5, 7-2 on 5/21/11

Top hitters: Maine — 1B Justin Leisenheimer (.333, 7 HR, 21 RBI), 2B Troy Black (.400-0-16), RF Joey Martin (.326-4-41, 16 stolen bases), SS Michael Fransoso (.307-4-28, 17 SB), CF Taylor Lewis (.280-3-25, 19 SB); Binghamton — 1B Dave Ciocchi (.347-4-30, 11 SB), RF Peter Bregartner (.347-4-36, 10 SB), LF Corey Taylor (.320-4-26, 11 SB), CF Bill Bereszniewicz (.354-0-17)

Pitching matchup: Maine — RH Keith Bilodeau (9-2, 2.97 earned run average, 71 strikeouts); Binghamton — LH James Giulietti (5-5, 5.64, 56)

Outlook: The Black Bears look for their first postseason victory since 2007 against the Bearcats. UMaine comes into the tournament having won three in a row, 14 of its last 15 and 20 of 24. Binghamton has been a solid team, despite having its string of consecutive AE regular-season titles halted at four this spring. The Bearcats have dropped six of their last seven. The Bears are counting on a strong start from Bilodeau and dependable defense to set the tone. Binghamton has had some struggles in the field, but features all-conference talent in Ciocchi, Bregartner, Taylor and catcher C.J. Lukaszewski.

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