Baseball America projects the Maine Black Bears to win the America East Conference Tournament that begins Thursday afternoonn in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Bears are the #1 seed.

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The AE winner gets the automatic bid to the NCAA field of 64. BA predicts none of the four teams would get an at-large bid.

Here is how Maine stacks up on the national scene...

30-20   Overall Record (NCAA recognizes only D-1 wins)

#150   RPI Rank

#253   Strength of Schedule

1-6     Record vs teams 1-50

2-0     Record vs teams 51-100

11-5   Record vs teams 101-200

16-9   Record vs teams 200 +

2013 America East Baseball Championship LeLacheur Park - Lowell, Mass.

Wednesday, May 22 Game 1: No. 1 Maine vs. No. 4 Stony Brook - 4 p.m. Game 2: No. 2 Binghamton vs. No. 3 Albany - 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 4 p.m. Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 8 p.m.

Friday, May 24 Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 4 p.m. Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25 (if necessary) Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 - 8 p.m.