ORONO — Having secured an America East tournament berth almost two weeks ago, the University of Maine baseball team is jockeying for postseason seeding.
Coach Steve Trimper’s team also wants to continue building confidence and momentum as it looks to extend an 11-game winning streak. It is the first such binge for a UMaine baseball team since the 1991 squad won 23 consecutive games.
The second-place Black Bears, along with Binghamton and Albany, likely will be headed to Stony Brook, N.Y., for next week’s four-team, double-elimination tourney.
League-leading Stony Brook (37-10, 18-2 AE) needs only one victory in its season-ending series against Albany (19-25, 11-7 AE) to secure the No. 1 seed, which would mean the defending league champion Seawolves host the America East Baseball Championship starting next Wednesday.
UMaine (26-21, 15-5 AE) could earn the regular-season title if it sweeps Binghamton (20-23, 12-7 AE) in this week’s four-game series at Mahaney Diamond and Albany somehow takes four games from the surging Seawolves.
UMaine also could sneak into first by sweeping Binghamton and if Stony Brook winds up playing only three games because of weather and loses all three.
UMaine appears destined to face Binghamton in its postseason opener. The Bears need one win to lock up the No. 3 tournament seed and would finish second with any combination of two UMaine victories and a loss by Albany.
If Stony Brook earns the right to host, the tournament will be played on brand-new Joe Nathan Field, which features a FieldTurf surface. The Seawolves, who have played all their home games at other sites around Long Island this season, had their first practice on their home field on Tuesday.
UMaine’s veterans have been working toward another shot at the America East title after losing their first two games in last year’s event held at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y.
UM teams earn academic honor
The men’s and women’s cross country teams at UMaine have been recognized by the NCAA for their scores in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate scores.
The NCAA honors teams whose APRs are in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
For the sixth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams recognized (23), followed by Brown University (22) and Dartmouth College (21).