Bears shake Catamounts


BURLINGTON, Vt. – Mark Ostrander scored two runs and drove in another to help Maine defeat Vermont 5-2 Friday and advance to the America East Baseball Championship.

Mike Powers (5-3) logged 116 pitches over seven innings to pick up the win for the Black Bears (34-20-1). He yielded seven hits and fanned six. A.J. Balsinde gave up two hits in the ninth, but held the Catamounts (19-33) from scoring to collect his third save of the year.

Maine advances to Saturday’s championship at 3:30 and will take on the winner of the Stony Brook-Vermont game.

Joel Barrett contributed a double among his three hits for Maine. Eric Thompson (4-3) suffered the loss for Vermont.