Sunday, May 8, 2011

Stony Brook University Baseball completes four-game sweep of Hartford

Box Score

West Hartford, Conn.  – Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game one and senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) drove in a combined six runs as the Stony Brook baseball team took both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader from the Hartford Hawks to complete a four-game sweep of the weekend series. SBU won game one, 10-2, before winning game two, 9-6.

With the two victories the America East leading Seawolves improve to 34-10 overall and 15-2 in the America East. Stony Brook is three victories from breaking the program record for wins in a season set by the 1999 squad.

McNitt (6-2) struck out six in the seven-inning first game and walked just two. Marino drove in two runs in first game and then went 3-for-5 with four RBI in the second game.

SBU jumped to a 1-0 lead in game one as senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) walked with one out in the first, stole second and then came home on a two-out RBI single from sophomore Maxx Tissenbaum (Paris, Ontario).

The Seawolves then put the game away with four runs in the fifth highlighted by a two-run triple from Tissenbaum. That was more than enough support for McNitt, who walked the first batter he faced but then retired 17 of the next 18 hitters before Chris Suchy broke up the no-hitter with a single to lead off the seventh.

Stony Brook tacked on five runs in the seventh with the help of two Hartford errors. Marino had a two-run double in the inning and Marshall added an RBI single. Tissenbaum finished the game with two hits and four RBI.

SBU grabbed an early an early lead in game two as well, scoring two runs in the first on another Marino two-run double. The Seawolves then pushed their lead to 5-0 with three runs in the second.

Hartford scored a run in the bottom of the second but Marino homered to lead off the third before the Seawolves scored three runs in the fourth as sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) doubled with one out and then came home on a double from Tissenbaum. The double was 25th of the season for Carmona, tying him with Andrew Larsen ’05 for the school record for doubles in a season.

Marino chased Tissenbaum home with another double and then scored on an RBI groundout from sophomore Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.). Hartford cut the lead to 9-6 with three runs in the fifth and two in the eighth but Carmona came in a pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his third save.

Stony Brook returns to action on Friday, beginning a three-game series at second-place Binghamton. The Seawolves took two of three from Binghamton last weekend and lead the Bearcats by 2.5 games