Baseball edged at UNC Wilmington in 10 innings

Kevin Courtney

March 1, 2013

Final Stats

Wilmington, N.C. - Junior Brandon McNitt gave up just one unearned run over seven excellent innings pitched, but the Stony Brook baseball team gave up a pair of UNC Wilmington solo home runs late, including the walk-off shot by Ryan LaGrange to send the Seawolves to a 3-2, 10-inning loss Friday at Brooks Field.

McNitt scattered just four hits, walked one and struck out four. Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) had three hits, and fellow freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) had two hits and an RBI. In total, Stony Brook had a season-high 12 hits, but left 14 men on base and struck out 12 times.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Aside from Brandon McNitt's excellent performance, we still are not doing the little things required to win games and beat good teams."

Turning Point
After McNitt's dazzling performance, the Seawolves turned to freshman Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) out of the bullpen. He pitched a scoreless eighth, but then gave up a leadoff home run to Hunter Ridge. Honahan pitched out of further trouble in the ninth to move the game into extra innings.

The Seawolves put two runners on with nobody out in the top of the 10th, but three straight batter struck out, and the Seawolves came up empty.

It set the stage for LaGrange to open the bottom of the 10th with a home run to left to end the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • McNitt pitched seven innings and gave just one unearned run, which came in the first inning on a passed ball.
  • Senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) drove in the first run of the game on a fielder's choice in the first inning.
  • Tenuto put Stony Brook on top in the eighth inning on an RBI single to center that scored junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
  • A season-high four Seawolves had multi-hit games, including Tenuto, Caputo, Nivins and junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.).
  • The 14 men left on base were a season high.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook is now 1-2 all-time against UNC Wilmington.
  • Freshmen account for half of Stony Brook's hits today.
  • Caputo is five for his last nine at the plate.
  • Hubbard has hit safely in four consecutive games.

Up Next
The Seawolves face Gardner-Webb Saturday at noon.