Baseball uses five-run eighth to beat Iona in home opener
March 14, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) had two hits and three RBI and drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run eighth to lead the Stony Brook baseball team to a 12-7 victory over the Iona Gaels in its home opener on Wednesday at Joe Nathan Field.
Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) added three hits each while junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) had two hits and two RBI. Freshman Nick Brass (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth to pick up his first career victory.
The teams headed to the bottom of eighth tied 7-7 but Krause singled to lead off the inning and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario). Goldstein followed with a line drive single to left to bring home Krause with the go-ahead run.
Goldstein moved up to second on the throw home and freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) followed with a run-scoring single to make it 9-7. The Seawolves (8-5) added three more runs in the inning highlighted by a two-run double from senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.).
Iona (2-10) jumped to a 3-1 lead after two innings but SBU got a run in the third on a Carmona RBI ground and then scored three in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead.
The Gaels tied it at five in the fifth but Goldstein hit a two-run home run in the sixth to put the Seawolves on top 7-5.
Iona again rallied, scoring two runs in the seventh before Stony Brook exploded for the five runs in the eighth to put the game away.
Chris Burke went 4-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Iona offense. Freshman Matt Gallup (Albany, N.Y.) allowed just one earned run in 4.0 innings of relief work for the Seawolves.
Stony Brook returns to action on Friday, hosting Yale for a doubleheader at Joe Nathan Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.