Baseball falls short of beating No. 1 North Carolina

Kevin Courtney

Feb. 24, 2013

Final Stats

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) each drove in two runs on the day, but the Stony Brook baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to No. 1 North Carolina Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels won game one 7-1 and then took game two 9-8 after coming back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Unfortunately our error prone ways continued in game one but the team showed tremendous character to bounce back in game two and put themselves in a position to knock off the number one team in the country. It took a ninth-inning rally for them to beat us."

Game One Turning Point
Stony Brook only trailed UNC 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. But the Tar Heels broke the game open as the Seawolves committed a pair of errors that helped load the bases. A sacrifice fly and two RBI singles later and the Seawolves trailed 6-0.

Game Two Turning Point
Stony Brook fell behind UNC 6-2, but the Seawolves exploded for a six-run eighth inning that included a two-run double by Caputo, an RBI walk by senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) and a two-run double by Italiano.

The Seawolves had a chance for more runs, but after junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.) singled, Italiano was thrown out at home and then Hubbard was tagged out trying to go to second.

Trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tar Heels hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game and then won it on a single to left with the bases loaded.

Inside the Numbers

  • Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started game one and tossed six innings and gave up four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.
  • Hubbard scored the lone game one run on a UNC error in the eighth inning.
  • Italiano threw out two more base runners in game one and now has gunned down six of nine base stealers this season.
  • Caputo was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in game two.
  • Caputo, Nivins and Italiano all drove in two runs in game two.
  • Freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) started game two and gave up four runs on four hits over five innings.



News & Notes

  • For the series, Stony Brook hit .183 with three doubles and 10 RBI.
  • Stony Brook's pitching struggled against the potent Tar Heels offense, surrendering 27 runs in 24-1/3 innings.

Up Next
The Seawolves will return to the state of North Carolina next weekend to participate in the Hughes Bros. Challenge on the campus of UNC Wilmington. Stony Brook will play the host Seahawks Friday, then face Gardner-Webb Saturday and San Diego Sunday.