Baseball beaten by No. 1 North Carolina, 11-2

Tanner Nivins

Feb. 23, 2013

Final Stats


Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Stony Brook baseball team took an 11-2 loss to No. 1 ranked North Carolina Saturday at Boshamer Stadium.

The Seawolves picked up four hits on the day. Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto. Ontario) led the offense with a 1-for-4 performance, including an RBI single. Senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario), sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Eward, Ontario) and junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) also had singles for Stony Brook.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"It is difficult to win against any team when you make multiple errors and multiple mistakes, but it is especially difficult when you're playing the number one team in the country. Tomorrow is another opportunity to start playing at the type of level we have come to expect from ourselves."

Turning Point
Stony Brook was trailing 4-0 when the Tar Heels broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. With runners on first and third and no outs, UNC catcher Matt Roberts launched a two-run triple to center. After a sacrifice fly scored Roberts, Mitchell Russell followed with another triple, and he scored on a Colin Moran single that gave the Tar Heels a comfortable 8-0 lead.

Inside the Numbers

  • Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started for Stony Brook and took the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out one.
  • Junior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) pitched two innings of scoreless relief and struck out three.
  • Caputo's RBI single was the first of his collegiate career. It scored sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.).
  • Freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly for his first career RBI. He drove in freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.).
  • Italiano threw out Tar Heels second baseman Landon Lassiter twice trying to steal second base. Both times the caught stealing ended the inning. Italiano has thrown out four of five attempted base stealers this season.



News & Notes

  • The loss snapped Stony Brook's two-game winning streak against the No. 1 team in the nation.
  • Stony Brook is 0-4 for the first time since the 2009 season. That year, the Seawolves rebounded for a 29-23 record.

Up Next
Stony Brook and North Carolina will tangle in a doubleheader Sunday at 11 a.m. Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) is scheduled to take the ball for the Seawolves in game one, and freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) will toe the rubber in game two.