Baseball falls to No. 17 UNC, 5-1
March 4, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Stony Brook University's baseball team out-hit No. 17 North Carolina, 12-7, but the Tar Heels used a four-run fourth to defeat the Seawolves, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series on Friday at Boshamer Stadium.
Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) led Stony Brook with three hits in four at-bats. Sophomore Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and junior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) added two hits each for the Seawolves.
Stony Brook jumped on top with a run in the fourth as Jankowski reached on a bunt single with one out and moved to third on a single from freshman Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.). Jankowski then came home on a sacrifice fly from freshman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
But UNC responded with four runs, two unearned, in the bottom of the inning. The Tar Heels put runners on first and second with one out. Chaz Frank then reached on a Stony Brook error which allowed Colin Moran to score North Carolina's first run of the game.
Jesse Wierzbicki singled to load the bases and Tom Zengel followed with a two-run single to give the Tar Heels a 3-1 lead. Seth Baldwin's sacrifice fly drove in the final run of the inning.
North Carolina tacked on a run in the sixth on a sac fly from Zengel. The Seawolves loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but UNC reliever Greg Holt struck out Hubbard to end the threat.
Junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) took the loss for Stony Brook, allowing three earned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. Sophomore G.C. Yerry (West Shokan, N.Y.) tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Seawolves.
Patrick Johnson picked up the win for UNC, allowing just a run in 7.0 innings. Johnson gave up nine hits but did not walk a batter.
The teams will wrap up the three-game set with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.