#Seawolves lose late leads; will play Saint Louis on Sunday

Brandon McNitt

March 1, 2014

Saint Peter's Final Stats  |  Wake Forest Final Stats


Winston-Salem, N.C. - Holding the advantage after eight innings in both games, the Stony Brook baseball team let leads against Saint Peter's and Wake Forest slip away, losing to the Peacocks, 7-3, in the first game of a non-traditional doubleheader and then falling to the Demon Deacons, 4-3 in 13 innings, in the second game.

Stony Brook (0-5) got outstanding pitching efforts from senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.), who struck out 10 Wake Forest batters in seven innings, and freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.), who pitched four outstanding innings in relief also against the Demon Deacons.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Anytime you lose a game after going into the ninth inning with a lead, it's a difficult pill to swallow, and for it to happen to us in both games is a tough way to lose. In our first game, our lack of timely hitting reared its ugly head again. Then the second game was very disappointing because we wasted two terrific pitching performances from Brandon McNitt and Cameron Stone."

Saint Peter's Turning Point

Stony Brook held a 3-2 lead going into the ninth inning on the strength of two RBI singles from senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and an RBI groundout from junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario).



However, the #Seawolves ran into trouble getting the final three outs. Back-to-back one-out singles led to Rob Moore's RBI single to tie the game. After a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Chris Hugg slugged a grand slam to left field to put the Peacocks up 7-3. 

Stony Brook had the tying run on deck in the bottom of the ninth but failed to score.

Wake Forest Turning Point
After holding Wake Forest to just one run over eight innings, the #Seawolves just couldn't finish them off. In the ninth inning, the Demon Deacons tied the game with a one-out, bases-loaded walk by Garrett Kelly. With the bases loaded and just one out, Stone came in from the bullpen and got two big outs to send it to extra innings.

Stony Brook finally pushed a run across in the 13th inning on a squeeze bunt by senior Josh Mason (Chino Hills, Calif.) that plated junior Michael Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). However, the bottom half of the inning proved to be the end. Back-to-back, one-out Wake Forest singles were followed by back-to-back walks that tied the game and set up bases loaded with just one out. Joe Napolitano then smacked a hopper past the drawn-in infield on the second base side to score the winning run.

Inside the Numbers

  • Over the two games, Stony Brook combined for 21 hits, but the #Seawolves had just two for extra bases and left 25 men on base.
  • Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) each had four hits across the two games. Courtney drove in three of Stony Brook's six runs on the day.
  • Second base had strong offense on the day as freshman Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.) drew three walks in game one, and junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) was 2-for-5 with two walks in game two.
  • Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) was 3-for-6 with a run against Wake Forest.
  • Senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started against Saint Peter's and hurled 5-1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.
  • Although he took the loss, sophomore Chad Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) was solid over three innings in relief of Vanderka, pitching 2-2/3 shutout innings before surrendering two runs in the ninth.
  • McNitt was spectacular against Wake Forest, limiting the Demon Deacons to one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
  • Although he took the loss, Stone pitched a great four innings in relief, striking out five batters.

Up Next
The #Seawolves will finish the weekend at Wake Forest with an early game against Saint Louis Sunday at 10 a.m. Sophomore Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) is scheduled to pitch for Stony Brook.