LOWELL, Mass. — Fifth-seeded Maine won two elimination games Saturday, knocking off top-seeded Binghamton and fourth-seeded Albany to reach the America East baseball final.

The Black Bears (25-28) will meet second-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County (22-23) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the double-elimination tournament. If Maine wins, a deciding game will follow. The champion advances to the NCAA tournament.

Maine fell behind Albany 2-0 in the first inning, but Hernen Sardinas doubled home Jonathan Bennett in the fourth to give the Black Bears a 3-2 lead. Maine added nine runs over the next three innings and finished with a 12-5 victory.

Eddie Emerson (3-0) entered with two outs in the first inning and pitched seven innings to earn the win.

In the opener, Maine took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and Cody Pasic hit a three-run double in a four-run ninth as the Black Bears beat Binghamton, 8-3.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates captured its second Division III women’s title in three years, finishing second in the first varsity eight race and first in the second varsity eight race for a one-point win over Williams at West Windsor, New Jersey.

Bates scored 12 points for its victory in the second varsity eight race, as the team of Alex Salazar, Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Phoebe Long, Jessica Vocaturo, Julia Mason, Grace Jurkovich and coxswain Abigail Bierman won with a time of 6 minutes, 48.332 seconds.

Williams won the first varsity eight race by two seconds in 6:35.379, but the Bates team of Laura Rand, Emma Wheeler, Grace Murnaghan, Olivia Stockly, Hannah Fitts, Lena Rintell, Rosemary Kyne, Molly Pritz and coxswain Katherine Traquina earned 27 points with their second-place finish.

Stockly is from Cumberland.

Williams got 30 points for its victory, but only eight for its third-place finish in the second varsity eight race.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jessica Wilson of Cumberland earned All-America status in two events, and three of her Bates teammates also earned All-America honors at the Division III meet in Geneva, Ohio.

Wilson, now a five-time All-American, finished fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.33, then returned to the track and placed seventh in the 5,000, finishing in 17:13.32.

Allison Hill of Brunswick became a three-time All-American, placing third in the 100 hurdles in 14.11, Sally Ceesay finished second in the triple jump at 40-9 1/2, and Ayden Eickhoff was eighth in the 800 in 2:12.32.

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