LOWELL, Mass. -- The University of Maine baseball team (35-20) used a 14-hit performance, coupled with a complete-game shutout victory by Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.), to defeat Stony Brook 7-0 in the opening round of the America East Championships at LeLacheur Park on Wednesday evening. Eric White (Brewer, Maine) powered the offense with a three-run home run as five other Black Bear batters added a pair of hits.
Lawrence won his 10th game of the year, tying the school record for victories in a season.
Maine jumped on Stony Brook starter Frankie Vanderka early as the Black Bears batted around in the bottom of the first, plating four runs to take an early 4-0 lead. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) started the rally with a one out single to center. Black moved into scoring position after stealing second before moving up to third on a single into center from Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.). Fransoso was able to move up to second on the play before Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) lined a single into left, scoring Black and moving Fransoso to third. MaineÕs bats stayed alive as White floated a single into center, bringing Fransoso in from third and giving Maine runners on first and second with one out. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) grounded out to second, allowing Calbick and White to advance to second and third. Scott HeathÕs (Westbrook, Maine) sharp single up the middle was knocked down but rolled into center, allowing Calbick and White to score.
White padded the Black Bear lead in the bottom of the fifth as he belted a three-run home run over the left field wall. Black againstarted the rally for Maine with a sharp single into right and advanced to second on a walk from Calbick. White then stepped in and blasted a home run off the scoreboard in left field, giving Maine a 7-0 advantage.
Lawrence and the Maine defense continued to shut down the Seawolves offense as the junior righthander moved to 10-3 on the year with the complete-game shutout victory. He surrendered just two hits. Lawrence, the first to toss a complete-game shutout in America East Championship play since May 27, 2010, added six strikeouts in the win.
Maine advances to the winning bracket of the 2013 America East Championships as it will Binghamton on Thursday, May 23 at 8 PM from LeLacheur Park.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at email@example.com.