Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Tyler Johnson allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings and the No. 1 Stony Brook baseball team pounded out 18 hits on its way to a 14-6 victory over No. 4 Maine in the opening round of the 2012 America East Championship on Wednesday at Joe Nathan Field. SBU advances to take on No. 3 Binghamton in a winner's bracket game on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) collected four hits in five at-bats to lead the Seawolves while senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each had two hits and three RBI.
Ranked No. 30 in this week's NCBWA poll, the Seawolves improved to 44-11 with the victory. Johnson (9-1) allowed seven hits and struck out two.
Stony Brook jumped on the Black Bears early, scoring two runs in the first on a two-run double from junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario). The Seawolves added four runs in the second highlighted by a two-run triple from Cantwell.
SBU added a run in the third to make it 7-0 but Maine got back in the game with four unearned runs in the fourth capped by a Fran Whitten three-run home run.
Stony Brook took control of the game in sixth though, striking for four runs to make it 11-4. Jankowski and freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) each had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Maine got no closer than five runs the rest of the way. Freshman Matt Gallup (Albany, N.Y.) pitched the final 1.1 innings to wrap up the victory for the Seawolves.
Krause finished with four hits while Tissenbaum had three hits and a pair of RBI.