June 24, 2018
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Coach Trimper: UMaine must manufacture runs, get to Stony Brook bullpen in opening America East series



Time, site: Saturday (2), noon; Sunday, noon; Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: Maine 9-11 (0-0 America East), Stony Brook 3-10 (0-0)

Series, last meeting: Stony Brook leads 33-21, SBU 13-6 on 5/25/12

Key players: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.386, 4 runs batted in), SS Mike Fransoso (.364, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 9 stolen bases), LF Sam Balzano (.343, 8 RBI, 11 SB), RF Brian Doran (.321, 4 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.313, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB); SBU — SS Cole Peragine (.370, 3 RBI), DH Johnny Caputo (.280, 5 RBI), LF Jack Parenty (.304, 1 RBI), 2B Austin Shives (.281, 3 RBI)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (1-2, 3.76 earned run average, 18 strikeouts), RH A.J. Bazdanes (2-1, 3.51, 15), RH Mike Connolly (1-2, 2.50, 12); SBU — RH Frankie Vanderka (1-2, 2.28, 13), RH Brandon McNitt (1-1, 4.30, 8), LH Daniel Zamora (0-3, 6.16, 10)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the series: “We’ve got to throw strikes, no freebies (walks). The weather is going to come into play, so a key is to not give things away. We need to manufacture runs and they have good starting pitching, so we have to get to their bullpen. We’ve got to find ways to get on base: hit by pitch, walk, two-strike hitting.”

Game notes: The Seawolves have several big holes to fill and three key returnees are batting under .200. SBU has won six straight and 10 of 12 in the series. Vanderka pitched a no-hitter Sunday at Fordham.

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