Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baseball sweeps Binghamton to set wins record

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

Vestal, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's baseball team took both ends of an America East doubleheader from the Binghamton Bearcats on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep and set the program's single season wins record. SBU won game one, 4-1, before taking game two, 8-3. Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) had two hits in the opener to become the all-time hits leader at Stony Brook.
The first-place Seawolves have won 18 of their last 19 and are 37-10 overall and 18-2 in the America East. The 37 wins breaks the school single season wins mark of 36 set by the 1999 Seawolves at Division II level.
The 18 America East wins is also a program record. Marshall went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader and now has 248 hits in his career, breaking Matt Devins '05 previous record of 244.
Junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) allowed one run in a complete game effort to earn the win in the first game. Johnson (8-2) struck out a season-high nine batters and scattered seven hits over the 7.0 innings.
Stony Brook jumped to a 2-0 lead in game one, scoring two unearned runs without the benefit of a hit. The Seawolves added a run in the fifth as Marshall doubled with two outs and then scored on an RBI single from sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.).
SBU made it 3-0 in the sixth as sophomore Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) led off the inning with a home run to right field. Tissenbaum hit .538 (7-for-17) with three RBI and seven runs scored in the series.
Binghamton rallied in their final at-bat as John Howell doubled with one out and then moved to third on a single from Bill Bereszniewicz. Johnson struck out Mike Danaher for the second out before Dave Ciocchi followed with a run-scoring double to bring the tying run to the plate.But Johnson struck out Corey Taylor swinging to end the game. It was the third complete game of the season for Johnson, who is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in America East play.
Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in game two on a RBI single from Jordon Smucker in the second. The Seawolves tied it in the third as junior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) singled and then scored on an RBI double from Marshall.
The Seawolves scored three runs in the sixth, all with two outs. Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) and Tissenbaum started the rally with back-to-back two-out singles.
Senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) then drilled a two-run double down the left field line before scoring on an RBI double from sophomore Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) to make it 4-1. Binghamton answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the SBU lead to 4-3.
The Seawolves score an unearned run in the seventh though and then added three insurance runs in the ninth highlighted by a two-run single from Marshall. Marino and Marshall led Stony Brook with three RBI each in game two.
Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) allowed two earned runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the win. Junior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Gables, Fla.) allowed one hit over 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.
Stony Brook returns to action on Friday, opening Joe Nathan Field with a doubleheader against Albany. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.