Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook University’s baseball team had its 12-game winning streak snapped on Thursday afternoon, falling to Maine, 8-1, in a winner’s bracket game at the 2011 America East Championships at Joe Nathan Field. Stony Brook faces Albany in an elimination game on Friday at 11 a.m., with the winner taking on Maine at 3 p.m.
Junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) took the loss for Stony Brook, allowing seven earned runs in 7.2 innings. Jeffrey Gibbs and Shaun Coughlin combined on a one-hitter for Maine.
The Black Bears (31-22) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second as Taylor Lewis reached on fielder’s choice, stole second and then scored on an RBI single by Alex Calbick. Maine tacked on a run in the second on a run-scoring single from Mike Fransoso.
Stony Brook (42-11) put together a rally in the fifth as sophomore Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) walked with one out and then moved to second on an errant pick off throw from Gibbs. On the next pitch, Jankowski took off for third and scored the Seawolves first run of the game when catcher Fran Whitten’s throw sailed down the left field.
Gibbs then walked three straight hitters to load the bases for senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) with one out. Marshall worked the count to 3-2 but Gibbs then got him to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the
The Black Bears added two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out two-run home run from Fransoso. Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) reached third with one out in the sixth.
But Gibbs got senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) to fly out to short right for the second out and then struck out sophomore Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) to end the inning. Maine put the game away on a two-out grand slam by Calbick in the eighth.
Gibbs (7-5) walked five and struck out four in his 6.0+ innings of work, while Coughlin worked 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the save.