Baseball splits doubleheader with Kansas at DQ Classic

Junior Willie Carmona

March 9, 2012

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

Minniapolis. Minn. - Senior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) allowed just four hits in 8.0 shutout innings to lead the Stony Brook baseball team to a 4-0 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the first game of the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome on Friday afternoon. KU's Connor McKay hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the 14th inning to lead the Jayhawks to a 3-1 victory over the Seawolves in the second game of the day.

It was the 25th career victory for Johnson, tying him with Jon Lewis '05 for the most in program history. Johnson (1-1) did not allow a runner past second and walked just one while striking out seven. Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) relieved Johnson to start the ninth and struck out the side in a non-save situation.

Vanderaka gave up just two hits in 6.0 shutout innings of relief in the second game. Sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started the second game for the Seawolves, allowing just an unearned run on six hits in 7.0 innings.

The Seawolves jumped to an early lead in the opener, scoring two in first on a run-scoring double from senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and an RBI single from Tissenbaum.

SBU then tacked on a run in the second as junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) tripled with one out and came home on a groundout from freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario).

Stony Brook added an insurance run in the sixth as junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) doubled before coming home on a sacrifice fly from freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.).



Tissenbaum led the Seawolves with three hits in four at-bats in the opener.

The Jayhawks grabbed an early advantage in the second game, scoring an unearned run in the first. KU held the 1-0 lead until the seventh when Carmona doubled to lead off and then came home on a one-out single from Krause.

Vanderka relieved McNitt to start the eighth and proceeded to retire 17 of the first 18 batters he faced. Kevin Kuntz got the Jayhawks first hit off Vanderka with two outs in the 13th and Jordan Dreiling followed with another single to put runners on first and second. But Vanderka got Michael Suiter on a pop up to second to get out of the jam.

The Seawolves best opportunity to score in extra innings came in the 12th as Tissenbaum and Krause walked with one out. But KU reliever Robert Kahana retired Nivins and Peragine to end the inning.

The Jayhawks then took the 3-1 lead in the top of the 14th on McKay's two-out two-run shot off SBU reliever Jasvir Rakkar.

SBU put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the inning but Krause grounded out to short and Jayhawk first baseman Zac Elgie then threw home to cut down Carmona at home and end the game.

Kahana pitched 5.0 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory for Kansas. Wes Benjamin started for the Jayhawks and allowed just the one run in 9.0 innings.

Stony Brook continues play in the Dairy Queen Classic on Saturday against the host Golden Gophers. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.