Baseball Rallies But Falls To No. 25 Alabama, 15-8

March 12, 2010

Final Stats

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Trailing 8-2 after three innings, Stony Brook University's baseball team used a five-run seventh inning to even the score at eight against No. 25 Alabama. But the Crimson Tide answered with five seventh-inning runs of their own on the way to a 15-8 victory over the Seawolves on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series. Stony Brook falls to 2-3 with the loss while Alabama improves to 10-1.

Freshman Tanner Nivins (Kitchener Ontario) went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Seawolves. Senior Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y.) added two hits and three RBI.

Alabama led 8-3 entering the seventh inning before the Seawolves struck for the five runs to tie the game. Junior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) led off the frame with a double and then moved to third on a single from senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.). Senior Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y.) struck out but Nivins followed with an RBI single to make it 8-4.

Freshman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) then singled to load the bases for Echevarria, who roped a two-run double to left-center to bring SBU within two. An RBI groundout from freshman Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) made it 8-7 and Echevarria then came home as part of a double steal to tie the game.

But Alabama came right back, loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Jon Kelton walked to force in a run and Cody Trotter followed with a two-run double to give the Tide an 11-8 lead. Kelton scored the fourth run of the inning on a Seawolves error before Taylor Drugas made it 13-8 with an RBI double.



The Tide tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth on a Jake Smith run-scoring double and a Kelton RBI single. Tyler White picked up the victory for Alabama, hurling 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Ross Wilson gave Alabama the early lead, hitting a two-run home run with one out in the first off Stony Brook sophomore right hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.). The Seawolves evened the game at two in the second as Stephan singled to lead off the inning and then scored on a double from Nivins.

Nivins came home to score two outs later on an RBI groundout from Echevarria. But the Tide exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second highlighted by a two-run double from Josh Rutledge.

Alabama added two more runs in the third on Andrew Miller's two-run single. The Seawolves got a run back in the fifth as junior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) led off with a walk and then moved to third on two-out single from Dyer. Stephan then walked and Nivins followed with a run-scoring scoring single to make it 8-3.

The teams continue the four-game set on Saturday with a double-header. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. EST.