Baseball defeats Iona in home opener, 5-1

Michael Roehrig

March 5, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Four different members of the Stony Brook baseball team drove in runs, and five Seawolves pitchers combined to allow just one run on four hits as Stony Brook defeated Iona, 5-1, Tuesday in the home opener at Joe Nathan Field.

Freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) drove in a pair of runs. Sophomore Michael Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) each had big RBI hits for the Seawolves as well.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"After coming so close to several wins against some tough opponents, it was for our guys to get their first win. I'm happy for them, and I'm looking forward to continuing to play winning baseball going into this weekend's series with Fordham."

Turning Point
Leading 1-0 after five innings, the Seawolves broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) got the rally started with a single up the middle and then an immediate steal of second base.

Three batters later with runners on first and second, Italiano stroked a single up the middle to score Nivins. Shives followed with an RBI single to left to score junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.). Roehrig, who was pinch hitting for sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.), then came up and found the right-center gap for a double to score Italiano. Freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that brought home Shives.

Stony Brook allowed one run in the seventh, but the bullpen came up big at the end as junior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) escaped trouble in the seventh with a pair of big strikeouts, and freshman Tyler Honahan pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and then finished then ninth for the save.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook out-hit the Gaels 8-4.
  • The Seawolves swiped a season-high four bases.
  • The pitching staff combined to allow a season-low four hits.
  • Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) earned the win in relief after pitching two scoreless innings.
  • Freshman Chad Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) started the game and pitched three scoreless innings, not allowing a hit, walking one and striking out two.
  • Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games. He also stole a base.



News & Notes
Stony Brook has now won seven consecutive games at Joe Nathan Field, dating back to May 2012.
The victory is career win No. 624 for head coach Matt Senk.
The Seawolves have won three straight against Iona.

Up Next
The Seawolves will play a home-and-home, four-game series with Fordham this weekend. Stony Brook will travel to the Bronx for a Saturday noon doubleheader and then host the Rams for a noon doubleheader on Sunday.