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Baseball departs for America East tourney
Bearcats carry No. 3 seed into championship at Stony Brook, open against Albany at 11 a.m. on Wednesday
May 22, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball boarded the bus Tuesday morning for their trek to Long Island and the 2012 America East Championship, hosted by Stony Brook. The double-elimination tournament begins on Wednesday and continues through Friday at Joe Nathan Field on Stony Brook’s campus.
The Bearcats (22-24) will take on No. 2 Albany (22-30-1) in the opening game at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Top-seeded and regular-season champion Stony Brook (43-11) faces No. 4 Maine (26-26) in the 3 p.m. game on Wednesday. There will be two games (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) on both Thursday and Friday with a final championship game held at noon on Saturday if necessary.
Binghamton is making its sixth straight postseason appearance and the Bearcats are hoping a recent trend of faltering top seeds continues. In the last 10 years, Binghamton is the only team to win the regular season crown and go on to capture the postseason title and accompanying NCAA berth. The Bearcats accomplished the double-feat in 2009. Last season Maine won the title as the second seed. In 2010, Stony Brook won it from the No. 3 position.
The Bearcats are 8-10 all-time at the America East Championship. Last season as the No. 3 seed, BU went 0-2 to finish fourth. Aside from its 2009 crown, BU was runnerup in 2007 and 2008 and finished third in 2010.
Senior ace Mike Augliera, who leads the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (76 Ks, 6 walks), will take the hill on Wednesday morning against a Great Danes team that swept the four-game season series from Binghamton two weeks ago.