Baseball opens 2012 with pair of wins at Colonel Round Robin

Junior Jasvir Rakkar struck out four in 2.0 innings of relief to pick up the save on Friday against Nicholls.
 
Junior Jasvir Rakkar struck out four in 2.0 innings of relief to pick up the save on Friday against Nicholls.
 
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Feb. 24, 2012

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Thibodeaux, La. - The Stony Brook University baseball team opened the 2012 season with a pair wins on the first day of the Colonel Round Robin. The Seawolves defeated Alabama State, 3-2, in the opener before knocking off host Nicholls State, 8-6, in the nightcap. SBU takes on ASU on Saturday at 6 p.m. on Day 2 of the Round Robin.

Junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) led Stony Brook (2-0) in the opener, going 2-for-4 including a solo home run and the go-ahead RBI double in the seventh.Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

In game two, the Seawolves jumped to a 7-0 lead and then held off a late Nicholls State rally to pick up their second victory of the day. Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI to pace the SBU offense while sophomore right-hander Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) allowed two runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the victory.

ASU led 2-1 after three innings in the first game of the day but Carmona homered to lead off the fifth to tie the game and then doubled in senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) in the seventh to break the 2-2 tie.

Vanderka, who entered to start the seventh, then pitched a scoreless eighth before pitching around a two-out single in the ninth to seal the victory for the Seawolves. Senior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) started for Stony Brook and allowed just one earned run on six hits in 6.0 innings.

 

 

SBU scored a run in the first against Nicholls on a Carmona RBI groundout and then tacked on two in the second on a two-run single from freshman Michael Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). The Seawolves then pushed their lead to 7-0 with three-runs in the fifth highlighted by a two-run triple from Jankowski.

But Nicholls rallied, scoring two in the sixth and four in the seventh to get within 8-6. The Colonels then put runners on first and second to open the eight but junior right-hander Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) came on in relief and retired the next three batters in order, the final two on strikeouts.

Rakkar then pitched a perfect ninth, adding two more strikeouts, to seal the victory for Stony Brook.