It’s the final week of the regular season for America East softball teams and the playoff chase is a good one. Stony Brook leads the way followed very closely by Albany and Boston University who are both 12-3 in league play.
Boston U. returned to the Bay State late last evening after making up a conference game against Maine in Orono. The Terriers took that game, 5-3. Down 2-0 early, Boston U. scored three unanswered runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 5-2 lead. Check out a recap of the action from the Bangor Daily News.
We’ve got a great non-conference matchup this afternoon between the Terriers and UMass. Both teams enter Wednesday’s battle in Amherst with solid RPI rankings putting them in the conversation for at-large NCAA Tournament bids. Boston U. also brings with it a 10-game winning streak.
In order to get No. 11 and just their third win over UMass since 1996, the Terriers will most likely have to beat one of the nation’s best pitchers. The Minutewomen’s Sara Plourde boasts a 29-9 record to go along with a nifty 1.96 ERA. Even more impressive, Plourde has struck out 434 batters in 236 innings pitched.
Check out a full preview of today’s games as well as a recap from yesterday’s win over Maine in the Daily Free Press.
Follow along with live stats from Amherst.
First-place Stony Brook fell to Quinnipiac in a non-conference bout on Long Island yesterday, 4-0. Albany meanwhile, completed the season sweep of crosstown rival Siena with a doubleheader sweep in Loudonville. Binghamton also earned a sweep of a twinbill, taking down St. Bonaventure twice in Vestal.
Also on the docket today, Binghamton is back in action against Cornell and Hartford travels to Sacred Heart.
Maine baseball got a big win over Albany in the final game of their three-game set over the weekend. Jeff Gibbs tossed a gem for the Black Bears who needed a win heading into May’s schedule. Pete Warner of the Bangor Daily News caught up with Gibbs to chat about the outing.
The Black Bears are off today but two America East schools take the diamond for mid-week bouts. Stony Brook takes on New York Tech and Hartford makes the quick trip to Central Connecticut.
Men’s lacrosse postseason action gets underway this evening with a pair of what should be tremendous games. Defending champion Hartford begins its title defense as the No. 4 seed when it travels to No. 1 Stony Brook. No. 3 Albany ventures to Baltimore for a 7:30 contest against No. 2 UMBC. Check out a full preview, here.
For all the latest from around the conference, check out AmericaEast.com.