Baseball splits doubleheader with Yale
March 17, 2012
New Haven, Conn. - Sophomore Brandon McNitt threw 9.0 shutout innings and freshman Cole Peragine drove in the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th to lead the Stony Brook baseball team to a 2-1 victory over the Yale Bulldogs in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Yale edged the Seawolves, 1-0, in the second game.
McNitt allowed just three hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter. McNitt has allowed just three earned runs in 30.0 innings this season.
Sophomore Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) pitched 2.0 innings in relief of McNitt and earned the victory.
Yale starter Pat Ludwig and McNitt matched zeroes for the first eight innings in the opener, which was a seven-inning game.
Freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) reached third with two outs in the top of the ninth to force Ludwig from the game but Kevin Fortunato came in and retired junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) on a groundout to end the inning.
But McNitt pitched a scoreless ninth and the Seawolves got on the board in the 10th on a two-out infield RBI single from junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.). But the Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a Charlie Neil run-scoring single.
Stony Brook had an answer though, as junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) doubled with one out in the 11th before coming home on Peragine's hit.
Yale put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the inning but Mason retired the final two hitters to end the game.
Because the opening game went into extra-innings the second game day was changed from a nine-inning game to a seven-inning game and it too turned into a pitcher's duel.
Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started for the Seawolves and allowed just two walks over the first 5.0 innings.
But Yale's Cam Squires walked with one out in the sixth, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a single to center from David Toups, the Bulldogs only hit of the game.
The Seawolves loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but Yale reliever Eric Shultz struck out junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and got senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) on a fly to right as Yale earned the split of the doubleheader.
The Seawolves out-hit Yale, 10-1, in the second game.
The teams will complete their four-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday at Joe Nathan Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.