Stony Brook UniversityUniversity of Maine

ORONO, Maine – The No.4 seed Stony Brook Seawolves scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning and held the No. 5 seed University of Maine baseball team to a single run in the opening game of the America East Baseball Tournament on Wednesday morning at Mahaney Diamond. With the 2-1 loss, Maine will now try to stave off elimination with a game tonight against either No. 3 UMBC or No. 6 UAlbany.

Jonathan Bennett and Kevin Doody each finished with two hits while Hernen Sardinas, Colin Ridley and Cody Pasic each logged a hit. Brandon Vicens drove in Maine’s lone run of the game.

Maine starter John Arel recorded two strikeouts in the scoreless first inning, but the Seawolves put two runs on the board an inning later. After Cristian Montes reached on a fielding error in right field, an ensuing throwing error on the relay allowed Michael Wilson to score from second. The next batter registered a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead heading into the third.

In the fourth, though, Sardinas lead off with a double down the right field line, Christopher Bec earned a walk and Jonathan Bennett singled to load the bases with one out. Vicens’ deep sacrifice fly to right-center field was able to score Sardinas but the Black Bears ended up stranding a runner.

Maine got the lead off runner on base in the top of the fifth, seventh and eighth but the Black Bears couldn’t push the runner home. Doody singled and made it to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch while Bennett doubled to start the seventh, but was caught in a fielder’s choice. After Pasic hustled his way to a double to start the eighth, Jeremy Pena bunted him over to third where he was stranded.

The Black Bears had several nice defensive plays throughout the game to keep it close. Pena had a ranging backhand and throw across the diamond to end the sixth while Doody had two great catches – a running grab in foul territory and a leaping catch in short left – to end the fifth and eighth frames.

Arel lasted three innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs before giving way to Cody Laweryson. Laweryson got the final two outs of the fourth and then allowed just one base runner over the next three innings while retiring eight consecutive batters. He finished with four and two-third innings pitched while allowing just three hits, no runs and no walks.