Baseball falls to East Carolina, 2-1.
March 3, 2012
Greenville, N.C. - Sophomore right-hander Brandon McNitt allowed just one earned run in 8.0 innings but Philip Clark drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lift the East Carolina Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Stony Brook baseball team on Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
McNitt (0-1) allowed just four hits and struck out four in his complete game effort. Stony Brook (4-2) out-hit ECU, 8-4, led by two hits from junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario).
ECU jumped on top with an unearned run in the first but the Seawolves tied it in the third as junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) doubled to lead off and then eventually came around to score on a two-out RBI single from freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.).
The Seawolves had another scoring threat in the fifth as senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) tripled with one out. But ECU starter Tyler Joyner retired junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) and Tissenbaum to get out of the jam.
The score stayed tied 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh when Jay Cannon opened the inning with a double and then scored on the sacrifice fly from Clark, who scored the game's only run in East Carolina's 1-0 victory over the Seawolves in Friday night's series opener.
Drew Reynolds walked Jankowski with two outs in the ninth before retiring Cantwell on a grounder to third to pick up his second straight save.
Tanner Merritt pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory for ECU.
The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.