Baseball rallies but drops series finale to East Carolina, 4-3

Evan Stecko-Haley

March 4, 2012

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Greenville, N.C. - Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) had three hits but the Stony Brook University baseball team dropped its third straight one-run game to East Carolina, falling to ECU, 4-3, in the finale of a three-game set on Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Jankowski had three hits in five at-bats while junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) went 2-for-4 and hit .545 (6-for-11) in the three-game set. Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) tossed 3.2 innings of relief for the Seawolves, who allowed just four earned runs in the series.

ECU jumped to an early lead, scoring two runs in the second on a two-run single from Tim Younger. The Pirates then tacked on two more runs in the third to push its lead to 4-0.

But the Seawolves slowly chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth on an RBI groundout from senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) before adding an unearned run in the seventh to get within 4-2.

Cantwell then walked to lead off the eighth and eventually came home to score on East Carolina's third error of the day.

SBU got the tying run on base in the ninth as sophomore Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) singled with one out. But Tanner Merritt got Jankowski to ground into a fielder's choice before retiring Cantwell to end the game.

Jharel Cotton allowed just one unearned run in 6.0 innings to pick up the win for ECU.

The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, traveling to take on Fairleigh Dickinson.