Lawrence leads UMaine baseball team against Stony Brook in AE tournament

Posted May 21, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.


America East Tournament


Time, site: Thursday, 2 p.m., LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

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Records: Maine 24-27, Stony Brook 33-16

Series, last meeting: Stony Brook leads 37-28, SBU 4-1 on 5/4/14

Key players: Maine — 1B Scott Heath (.345, 4 home runs, 27 runs batted in), SS Troy Black (.324, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 15 stolen bases), CF Colin Gay (.320, 24 RBI, 20 SB), RF Brian Doran (.311, 20 RBI), LF Sam Balzano (.298, 14 RBI, 12 SB); Stony Brook — C Kevin Krause (.344, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 7 SB), 1B Kevin Courtney (.340, 2 HR, 37 RBI), 2B Robert Chavarria (.301, 17 RBI, 7 SB), SS Cole Peragine (.294, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 12 SB)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (8-4, 3.17 earned run average, 90 strikeouts); SBU — RH Frankie Vanderka (3-5, 3.21, 42K) or RH Brandon McNitt (7-1, 2.77 ERA, 61K)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the game: “One key is for Tommy to go out and do what he’s done time and time again and keep us in the ballgame. Then, we have to scratch out the runs. We can’t let an opportunity go by without taking advantage.”

Game notes: The Bears encounter an SBU team that led America East in batting (.280), pitching (2.37 ERA) and fielding (.986) in league play. The Seawolves won two of three regular-season meetings, with Lawrence earning a 2-1 win in the May 3 opener. He was 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA and 46 strikeouts in AE contests. Peragine’s .392 average was tops in conference action. UMaine has beaten Vanderka the last three times it has faced him.


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