Preview: University of Maine vs. Stony Brook

Posted May 22, 2012, at 6:02 p.m.

America East Championship

No. 4 MAINE vs. No. 1 STONY BROOK

Time, site: Wednesday, 3 p.m., Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: Maine 26-26, Stony Brook 43-11

Series, last meeting: Stony Brook leads 31-21, SBU 7-2, 10-0 on 5/19/12

Top hitters: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.331, 21 RBI, 17 SB), SS Mike Fransoso (.324, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 19 SB), RF Scott Heath (.304, 2 HR, 20 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.299, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 12 SB), 3B Alex Calbick (.297, 5 HR, 42 RBI); Stony Brook — CF Travis Jankowski (.397, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 34 SB), 3B Willi Carmona (.390, 9 HR, 55 RBI), 2B Maxx Tissenbaum (.384, 3 HR, 36 RBI), RF Steven Goldstein (.365, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 13 SB), SS Cole Peragine (.335, 35 RBI)

Pitching matchup: Maine — RH Steve Perakslis (4-5, 3.81 ERA, 43 Ks); Stony Brook — RH Tyler Johnson (8-1, 1.84, 37)

Outlook: The Black Bears arrive on Long Island with true underdog status. The defending league champions are the No. 4 seed in the four-team, double-elimination tournament. UMaine has lost four in a row, all in last week’s series in Orono against the same Seawolves. Stony Brook is among the hottest teams in the nation, having won 18 straight and 24 of its last 26. The Seawolves have taken eight of the last 10 meetings against UMaine. SBU features AE’s most potent offense, with a .366 team batting average and 7.5 runs per game in league play. It also has the stingiest pitching staff, giving up only 3.3 runs with a 3.01 team ERA. By contrast, UMaine is a distant second in AE batting (.319) and has put up 7.3 rpg. However, the Bears’ mound staff has a puffy 5.17 ERA (5.0 rpg).

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