No. 25 Alabama Edges Baseball In Series Finale, 4-3
March 14, 2010
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Stony Brook University's baseball team out-hit No. 25 Alabama, 11-9, but the Crimson Tide scored four first-inning runs and then held on for a 4-3 win over the Seawolves in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday afternoon Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) led SBU (2-6) with three hits in four at-bats while junior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. After allowing the four runs in the first, freshman southpaw Adam Brown (Melville, N.Y.) held the Tide (12-1) scoreless over the next 5.2 innings. Brown struck out five in his 6.2 innings of work.
Stony Brook trailed 4-1 entering the eighth but loaded the bases with no outs on singles from Marshall, junior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Dyer. Marshall then came home to score when Alabama first baseman Clay Jones mishandled freshman William Carmona's (Hempstead, N.Y.) ground ball.
Senior Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y.) followed with a run-scoring single to bring SBU within one. Brett Whitaker then got freshman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) to ground one to third baseman Jake Smith, who came home with ball to get the first out of the inning. Alabama catcher Cody Trotter then relayed the ball to the first baseman Jones to complete the double play.
Whitaker intentionally walked senior Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y.) to load the bases and freshman Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) then hit a slow roller to shortstop Josh Rutledge, who threw off-balance to first. Jankowski was initially called safe but Alabama appealed and Jankowski was eventually called out for missing first base.
Carmona, who relieved Brown in the seventh, then pitched a scoreless eighth to give SBU one more chance to tie the game. But Tyler White retired the Seawolves in order in the ninth as the Tide completed the four-game sweep.
Alabama jumped to the early lead, scoring four runs in the first highlighted by a three-run home run from Jones. SBU got a run back in the fourth as Marshall doubled to lead off the inning and then came home on a two-out single from Carmona.
The Seawolves return to action on Tuesday, traveling to take on Seton Hall. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. SBU plays its home opener on Wednesday, hosting Iona at University Field at 3 p.m.