ORONO, Maine - Binghamton (7-25-1, 1-9 AE) picked a tough place to earn its first conference win of the season, but did nonetheless, posting a 6-3 win over reigning America East champion Maine (24-11, 7-3 AE) in the opening game of Saturday's twinbill. The Black Bears rebounded for a 12-4 win in the nightcap.
In game 1, freshman shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) sparked a three-run sixth inning that stretched a 3-2 lead. Smucker ripped a leadoff home run, and junior center fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) and senior catcher Kyle Loucks (Johnson City, N.Y.) added RBI doubles.
Sophomore pitcher Mike Weglinski (Hyde Park, N.Y./FD Roosevelt) scattered six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and earning his second win of the season. Junior J.D. Brink (Matamoras, Pa./Cecil CC), in his first relief role of the season, pitched the final 1 2/3 for the save.
Kowalchuk wound up 2-for-3 with two RBI, and junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Institute of Tech.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
In game two, Maine broke out the bats to the tune of 12 runs on 14 hits. Senior right fielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y.) belted a leadoff home run in the first inning, and wound up 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kowalchuk delivered an RBI triple in the sixth inning, and Smucker drove home a run in the seventh.
The teams will play the final two games of the four-game series Sunday beginning at noon.
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