Day one at the America East Tournament

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Six teams arrived at LeLacheur Park in Lowell Ma. Looking for an America East championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA baseball field of 64.

The first game played saw the four seed Albany Great Danes defeat the number five seed Maine Black Bears 3-0 to advance to play top-seeded Binghamton on Friday morning.

Game two on the day was a good one between the number three seed Stony Brook and the six seed Hartford Hawks.

Both teams started Freshman Pitchers, Brian Herrman for Stony Brook and Nathan Florence for Hartford. The Hawks struck first in the second on a walk to Ben Bengtson that was followed by a HPB to Chris Sullivan. After Herrman struck out the next two hitters, Zachary Ardito singled to LF scoring Bengtson to give Hartford a 1-0 lead.

Both pitchers settled in and a pitcher’s duel was on. Hartford gave themselves an add-on run in the sixth with a leadoff double to LF by David MacKinion. He advanced to third on a fly ball to center off the bat of Ashton Bardzell, Bengtson came through with a RBI single to left to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

The way Florence was throwing for Hartford, the lead looked like it could stand up. However, in the home half of the sixth, the Seawolves finally solved Florence. First team all-conference leadoff hitter Toby Handley got the inning started with a single to left. He would steal second, his 18th of the year, and advance to third on a throwing error by Hartford catcher Bryce Ramsey. Casey Baker drove him in with a double down the RF line to cut the Hawks lead in half at 2-1.

Florence’s day came to an end after that base hit and his line was 5.1 IP, three hits, one earned run, two walks and five strikeouts.

Stony Brook took the lead in the seventh off relief pitcher Seth Pinkerton. Bobby Honeyman singled to left field and two batters later came around to score on an opposite field HR by Michael Wilson to left field, his fifth of the year and the Seawolves had their first lead of the game at 3-2.

As good as Florence was Stony Brook hurler Brian Herrman was just as good. He would leave after throwing seven innings of three-hit, two earned runs and had a chance for a win.

Hartford had other ideas, and in the ninth against reliever Aaron Pinto tied the game and sent it to extra frames. The Hawks bench came through and with runners on first and third Trevor Thompson laid down a squeeze bunt to tie the game at 3-3.

After Hartford was retired in the top of the tenth, the Seawolves finished off the Hawks in the bottom of the inning VS Drew Farkas. After the first two hitters were retired, Daulton Resh singled to left then Andruw Gazzola singled to right field Resh and took third. Honeyman came to the plate with runners on second and third after Gazzola stole second base. Honeyman delivered the game winning single to RF to advance Stony Brook to play against UMBC. Hartford meanwhile had to play an extra game VS game one loser Maine Black Bears.

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