Stony Brook Baseball Team Pounds Appalachian State 10-3 in Season Opener
Feb. 20, 2004
Rock Hill, S.C. - The Stony Brook baseball team opened the 2004 season with a 10-3 victory over Appalachian State on Friday afternoon at the Griffin Pontiac Challenge held in Rock Hill, S.C. The Seawolves pounded out 11 hits, including two home runs, and had four pitchers combine to strikeout 11 Mountaineer batters en route to victory.
The Seawolves jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two innings. Second baseman Stephen Didsbury started the scoring in the opening frame, smacking a solo home run in his first at bat in a Stony Brook uniform. He later added an RBI single as part of a four-run second inning that saw four Seawolves hits and two ASU errors.
SB added two runs in the top of the seventh inning before ASU answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and a run in the eighth to draw within a score of 7-3. The Seawolves ended all hope of a Mountaineer comback in the ninth, as Isidro Fortuna drove in Cole Cicatelli on an RBI single and scored on a two-run home run by designated hitter Nick Theoharis that put the game away.
Four Stony Brook pitchers combined to strikeout 11 ASU batters as starter Jon Lewis and reliever Nick Abel picked up three K's apiece, while freshman Matt Lyons fanned four. Stephen Zydor (1-0) earned the win, pitching two hitless innings in relief.
Didsbury led the Seawolves with a 2-for-5, two RBI day, while Theoharis drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-3 effort. Cicatelli and Kevin Solano each added two hits.
Stony Brook is back in action tomorrow in the Griffin Pontiac Challenge when it takes on tournament host Winthrop. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.