ORONO — Erin Bogdanovich pitched her fourth shutout of the season and the University of Maine advanced to the championship round of the America East softball tournament Friday with a 3-0 win over Binghamton.

The Black Bears are the only unbeaten team remaining in the double-elimination tournament. The other remaining teams – Albany and Binghamton – would need to beat Maine twice on Saturday to win the title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Albany and Binghamton meet in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Maine at 1 p.m.

Bogdanovich allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one to improve to 9-4 overall and 8-0 against conference opponents.

Maine got all of its runs in the first inning. Erika Leonard walked and eventually scored on a passed ball. Alyssa Derrick drove in two more runs with a double off the wall in right field, scoring Janelle Bouchard and Felicia Lennon.

Binghamton loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third, but Maine escaped when Kristen Niland threw out a runner at home and Bogdanovich snared a line drive.

Bogdanovich and Maine’s defense allowed only one hit over the final three innings, locking up the win as the Black Bears advanced to their first America East title game since 2004.


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