The road to Omaha starts today for the University of Maine Black Bears and the three other America East teams as the conference tournament gets underway in Lowell, Massachusetts.

#4 seed UMaine plays #1 seed Stony Brook at 2pm. The second game is #3 Binghamton vs #2 Hartford. There is one automatic qualifier to the NCAA field and it goes to the tournament winner.

The Black Bears vs Seawolves matchup by the numers....

- UM and Stony Brook have met 65 times. The Seawolves lead 38-27.

- Stony Brook won 2 of the 3 games played this year. Tommy Lawrence threw a complete game in the series. Scott Heath was the Bears leading hitter at .444.

- Matt Senk is in his 24th year as Seawolves coach. Steve Trimper is in his 9th year at Maine.

- Stony Brook is 33-16 overall, 18-5 in AE. Maine is 24-27 overall, 10-11 in AE.

UPDATE: UM's Tommy Lawrence and Scott Heath were named first team AE all conference.

Stony Brook's Kevin Krause was named player of the year. Hartford's Sean Newcomb was named pitcher of the year.