College

MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL

Time, site: Saturday, 6 p.m., Sunday (2), 1 p.m., LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Records: Maine 10-17 (1-4 America East), UMass Lowell 5-15 (1-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 3-0, Maine 2-1 on 4/13/14

Key players: Maine — DH Luke Morrill (.405, 1 home run, 16 runs batted in), 2B Brett Chappell (.340, 1 HR, 25 RBI), 1B Brenden Geary (.321, 1 HR, 8 RBI), CF Sam Balzano (.336, 7 RBI), LF Scott Heath (.287, 2 HR, 20 RBI); UML — CF Ian Strom (.362, 9 RBI, 10 stolen bases), SS Danny Mendick (.351, 13 RBI, 7 SB), DH/OF Geoff DeGroot (.327, 1 HR, 9 RBI), 3B Matthew Sanchez (.311, 6 RBI, 6 SB)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Justin Courtney (1-4, 3.78 earned run average, 17 strikeouts), LH Scott Heath (3-3, 4.71, 31 K), RH Jake Marks (1-3, 8.00, 24 K); UML — RH Christian Lavoie (0-3, 5.91, 6 K), RH Geoff DeGroot (1-1, 4.97, 10 K), RH Kevin Veilleux (2-3, 6.29, 6K)

Game notes: The Black Bears are in serious need of three wins this weekend. UMaine, which has lost four of its last six, all league games, is in sixth place. Only four teams advance to the postseason tournament. In AE play, UMaine is batting only .253, averaging 4.0 runs per game. The Bears also bring up the rear with a 5.94 team ERA, surrendering 63 hits in 47 innings, and are last with a .959 fielding percentage. UMass Lowell, which is not eligible for the postseason while making its transition from Division II, has dropped three straight and 10 of its last 12. The River Hawks were swept by Binghamton 5-4 and 8-0 on Monday. UML is trying to play its first home games of the season at LeLacheur, home park of Red Sox Class A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners. The River Hawks have managed only 12 runs in five league games thus far, batting .242.