UPDATE: UMaine baseball stays alive in the America East Conference Tournament with a 9-4 win over UMBC Wednesday evening.

If the UMaine baseball team is going to win the America East Conference Tournament the Black Bears are going to have to do it the hard way - coming back from the losers bracket.

#4 seed Stony Brook edged the #5 Bears, 2-1, in the tourney opener Wednesday afternoon. Maine now plays an elimination game tonight at 6pm.

A year ago, the Bears lost their first game of the tourney and made it all the way back to the title game before losing in the championship to UMBC.

The Black Bears were their own worst enemy at times in this tight tourney game vs the Seawolves. Two errors led to two unearned runs by Stony Brook.

Maine also had a runner gunned down at the plate on the back end of a double steal and had another picked off second base on sacrifice bunt play.

Pitchers for both teams were strong. The Seawolves combo of Greg Marino and Aaron Pinto held the Black Bears to just seven hits and walked only one batter.

Maine's John Arel, Cody Laweryson and Connor Johnson combined to allow just seven hits to the Seawolves.

The win moves Stony Brook to 30-23. Maine falls to 18-33.

The Black Bears await the loser of the UMBC vs Albany afternoon game.

Maine              0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0     1   7   2

Stony Brook    0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     2   7   0

AMERICA EAST BASEBALL TOURNEY - Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 23
Game 1  #4 Stony Brook 2    #5 UMaine 1
Game 2  2:30 pm  #3UMBC 5   #6 Albany 8
Game 3  6:00 pm  UMaine 9   UMBC 4

Day 2 - Thursday, May 24
Game 4 | 11:00 am — #1 Hartford  vs. Stony Brook
Game 5 | 2:30 pm — #2 UMass Lowell  vs. Albany
Game 6 | 6:00 pm — UMaine  vs. Lower Seeded Loser Game 4/5

Day 3 - Friday, May 25
Game 7 | 11:00 am — Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 8 | 2:30 pm — Winner Game 6 vs. Higher Seeded Loser Game 4/5
Game 9 | 6:00 pm — Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

Day 4 - Saturday, May 26   
Game 10 | 1:00 pm — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11 — If necessary game (45 minutes following Game 10)

Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket Photo / #25 Cody Laweryson, UMaine Pitcher