Senior right fielder Tyler Schwanz was one of few University of Maine hitters who was productive during a frustrating day of offensive ineptitude for the Black Bears at the America East baseball tournament on Wednesday.

The Novi, Michigan, native enabled the Black Bears to stay alive Wednesday night as his one-out single down the third-base line in the bottom of the 11th inning scored Jeremy Pena from second to give the Black Bears a 2-1 win over Hartford in an elimination game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Fifth seed UMaine (22-28) lost its opener to Albany 3-0 and Hartford dropped a 4-3 decision to Stony Brook in 10 innings. The Black Bears take on the loser of the Binghamton-Albany game at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

No. 6 Hartford finished at 20-30.

UMaine went 3-for-30 with men on base in its two games, 0-for-13 vs. Albany and 3-for-17 vs. Hartford.

Pena opened the 11th inning with a line-drive single to center to chase reliever John LaRossa in favor of Jake Regula. Lou Della Fera greeted Regula with a sacrifice bunt, and Christopher Bec was intentionally walked before Schwanz ripped his fifth hit of the day inside the third-base bag.

Schwanz had staked the Black Bears to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he belted a long double to center to score Bec, who had drawn a two-out walk off starter Brian Stepniak.

Hartford tied it in the eighth when Dalton Ruch doubled to left-center to lead off the inning and, after Ashton Bardzell drew a two-out walk, Ben Bengston grounded a run-scoring single to left.

UMaine had squandered a golden opportunity to extend the lead in the bottom of the seventh when it put runners on second and third with one out. But LaRossa came on and struck out Schwanz and Jonathan Bennett on six pitches to get out of the jam.

Bangor junior right-hander Justin Courtney turned in a gem for the Black Bears, going eight innings and allowing four hits and one run with eight strikeouts and four walks. He threw 136 pitches.

Saco senior Jeff Gelinas picked up the win with three innings of one-hit shutout relief. He struck out five and walked three.

Schwanz had a double and two singles for the Black Bears, and Pena had a pair of singles.

Ruch doubled and singled for Hartford, and Bengston singled twice.

In the opener on Wednesday morning, it was a game of firsts for the University at Albany.

Albany freshman third baseman Alex Thul, who had only one extra-base hit in 56 at-bats this season, hit his first career home run, and Jack McClure teamed up with Dominic Saviano to throw the Great Danes’ first shutout of the season as Albany triumphed.

No. 4 Albany (25-24) plays No. 1 Binghamton (30-11) in Thursday’s 9 a.m. winners’ bracket game at the six-team, double-elimination event.

UMaine stranded eight runners as redshirt junior lefty McClure repeatedly pitched out of jams to earn his fourth win in five decisions. He allowed six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He hit two batters.

First-team All-America East sophomore righty Saviano came on with one out and one on in the seventh inning and retired all eight hitters he faced to earn his sixth save.

The Great Danes scored the only run they would need in the second inning when Travis Collins singled to right-center, moved to second when UMaine starter Jonah Normandeau of Cumberland hit Kyle Sacks and eventually scored from third on a double steal. Marc Wangenstein reached on a fielder’s choice and, with runners on first and third, the Great Danes worked the double steal.

Thul belted his homer on the first pitch of the fifth inning.

The Great Danes added an insurance run in the eighth when Collins singled to left, raced to third on Sacks’ single to left and scored when third baseman Cody Pasic’s throw home on pinch-hitter Matt Hinchy’s hot grounder to him sailed up the first-base line.

“We never should have been shut down by their starter,” said UMaine interim head coach Nick Derba. “It was a terrible display of offense. It really was. We got tight when it mattered.”

Pasic’s one-out single chased McClure in the seventh but Saviano shut the door.

Normandeau pitched 5⅓ innings of four-hit, two-run ball with two strikeouts and a walk. One run was earned. Cody Laweryson and Connor Johnson each tossed 1⅓ innings. Laweryson struck out three and Johnson gave up a run.