STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The University of Maine was unable to come up with a clutch hit when needed on Sunday afternoon.
The Black Bears stranded 15 baserunners, including 12 in the first five innings, and suffered a 4-1 America East baseball defeat at the hands of host Stony Brook University at Joe Nathan Field.
UMaine split in Saturday’s doubleheader, winning 2-1 behind Tommy Lawrence’s complete game in the opener, before falling 11-3 in game two.
Stony Brook (27-15, 13-4 AE) maintained a share of first place in the conference standings along with Hartford, while coach Steve Trimper’s UMaine ballclub (19-25, 6-9 AE) occupies fifth place.
On Sunday, UMaine’s offensive woes continued as the Bears were able to score only a single run despite eight hits.
Bryan Tatelman (4-0) picked up the win for the Seawolves with 2 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout relief. Sophomore Charlie Butler suffered the loss, allowing three hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
The Bears broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning when Scott Heath of Westbrook drew a two-out walk, Alex Calbick singled to right field and Steven Adam plated him with an opposite-field single down the line in left.
However, Stony Brook tied it in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Krause doubled and came around to score on Casey Baker’s double.
The hosts took the lead in the eighth. Krause reached on a fielder’s choice, then Kevin Courtney singled. Cole Peragine followed with a two-run triple to center, then Baker stroked a triple to provide the winning margin.
Troy Black and Calbick led the Bears with two hits each.
In Saturday’s opener, Lawrence scattered eight hits while turning in another complete-game performance. The senior right-hander (6-4) struck out seven and walked one as the Black Bears handed the Seawolves only their second home loss in 17 games.
UMaine collected nine hits against two Stony Brook pitchers, but the hosts turned three double plays and threw out two runners attempting to steal.
Black doubled and singled for the Bears, while Sam Balzano of Portland (RBI) and Heath each singled twice.
Jack Parenty stroked a double and two singles and Courtney singled twice for the Seawolves in support of starter and loser Frankie Vanderka (2-4).
UMaine took a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning when Calbick hammered a solo home run to right field off Vanderka, who gave up seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
The Bears made it 2-0 in the fifth. Luke Morrill of South Thomaston, who got the start at third base, led off with an infield single and advanced on Jonathan Salcedo’s sacrifice bunt.
Morrill took third on a passed ball, then scored on Balzano’s single through the left side.
Stony Brook scored its only run in the sixth inning when Kevin Courtney hit a one-out single to right, stole second with two men out, and trotted home on Baker’s double down the left-field line.
In Game 2, Stony Brook roughed up UMaine starter Shaun Coughlin (3-5) for five hits and five earned runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Peragine knocked in two runs with a single and Baker ripped a run-scoring single in the inning. The Seawolves then touched up reliever Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes for three hits and three more runs in the second inning to build an 8-0 advantage.
Peragine added a single and another RBI among 13 hits for the hosts, while Baker hit two more singles and a pair of RBIs. Toby Handley and Courtney each doubled and singled and Johnny Caputo had a double and two RBIs.
Righty Brandon McNitt (5-1) limited UMaine to five hits and three runs through six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Black, Heath and Adam posted a doubled each, while Gay and Morrill contributed RBIs