MAINE vs. STONY BROOK
Time, site: Saturday (2), noon; Sunday, 11 a.m.; Kessock Field, Orono
Records: UMaine 9-18 (4-1 America East); Stony Brook 9-18 (5-2)
Last meeting: UMaine 6-2 on 4/2/16
Key players: Maine — CF Rachel Carlson (.352-0 home runs-9 runs batted in, 10 stolen bases), C Rachel Harvey (.337-2-15), LF Erika Leonard (.268-2-16, 18 runs scored), RF Meghan Royle (.244-3-12), 3B Alyssa Derrick (.228-7-19); Stony Brook — P/1B Melissa Rahrich (.375-6-20), LF Jourdin Hering (.352-3-11, 17 runs), CF Sami Duffy (.317-0-3), C Irene Rivera (.304-3-17), 2B Chelsea Evans (.288-0-14)
Pitching matchups: UMaine — LH Erin Bogdanovich (2-7, 5.53 earned run average), RH Molly Flowers (3-7, 6.33), RH Annie Kennedy (4-3, 4.30); Stony Brook — RH Melissa Rahrich (6-7, 4.81), RH Maddy Neales (1-7, 8.18), RH Lindsey Hughes (2-0, 3.68)
Game notes: Both teams have been playing good ball of late. Stony Brook has won six of its last eight while UMaine had a six-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 5-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader at UMass Lowell. UMaine won the opener 8-2. Stony Brook swept Hartford on Thursday, 12-0 and 9-6. Freshman Rahrich picked up the win in both games, one in relief. UMaine will need better pitching performances from reigning America East Pitcher of the Year Bogdanovich and All-AE second-teamer Flowers. Flowers has walked 56 in 48 2/3 innings including four in two-thirds of an inning at UMass Lowell. UMaine must also tighten up defensively, having committed 52 errors this season including two that paved the way for a five-run, fifth-inning rally that enabled UMass Lowell to erase a 3-0 deficit.