Baseball

MAINE vs. STONY BROOK

Time, site: Friday (2), 2 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.; Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Records: Maine 9-15 (1-2 America East), Stony Brook 10-11 (4-2)

Series, last meeting: Stony Brook leads 38-28, SBU 4-1 on 5/22/14

Key players: Maine — 3B Luke Morrill (.419, 1 home run, 14 runs batted in), 1B Brenden Geary (.366, 1 HR, 5 RBI), 2B Brett Chappell (.337, 1 HR, 21 RBI), CF Sam Balzano (.321, 6 RBI), SS Shane Bussey (.303, 12 RBI, 4 stolen bases), LF Scott Heath (.271, 2 HR, 17 RBI); SBU — Jack Parenty (.358, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 5 SB), Cole Peragine (.275, 8 RBI), Johnny Caputo (.244, 1 HR, 13 RBI), Robert Chavarria (.243, 11 RBI)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Justin Courtney (1-4, 4.39, 14 K), LH Scott Heath (3-2, 4.89, 27 K), RH Jake Marks (0-3, 8.28, 23 K) or RH Jeff Gelinas (2-1, 5.92, 20 K); SBU — LH Tyler Honahan (4-2, 3.71, 30 K), RH Tim Knesnik (0-3, 5.57, 12), LH Daniel Zamora (3-2, 3.79, 42 K)

Game notes: The threat of snow on Saturday and cold on Sunday may threaten the finale of UMaine’s second home league series of the season. The teams moved things up to play two Friday and one Saturday. The Black Bears split a doubleheader against Albany last week, but lost the finale to weather, while Stony Brook took two of three at home against UMass Lowell. UMaine is expected to face two tough lefties in Honahan and Zamora on an SBU staff that is limiting opponents to a .259 batting average. However, the Seawolves are averaging only 4.1 runs and have a .238 team batting mark. The Bears (.282) average are looking for strong starts to complement a bullpen that has been outstanding of late. UMaine needs to bank some conference victories to avoid digging an early-season hole.