Stony Brook Rallies For 9-8 Win Over NYIT With Five Runs In Eighth Inning
March 24, 2004
Old Westbury, NY - Gary Novakowski's grand slam highlighted a five run-eighth inning as Stony Brook rallied to defeat NYIT 9-8 this afternoon at President's Field. The loss drops NYIT to 3-8 on the season, while Stony brook climbs above the .500 mark and improves to 8-7 overall.
The Bears opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning as junior Andrew Karkoulas (Guelph, Ontario) doubled home freshman Kraig Binick (Hicksville, NY) and senior Jelani Arnold (Bayshore, NY), both of whom had been hit by pitches to start the game. The next batter, Tim Smith (West Babylon, NY), followed with a two run homer to score Karkoulas. Arnold's single in the third inning scored senior Mike Kearney (Hicksville, NY) who had doubled and Binick, who had singled, to give the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Stony Brook got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third to cut the deficit to 6-2 as Cole Cicatelli's double plated Brett Bernard, and Kevin Solano scored on a balk. The Seawolves chipped away at the Bears lead with another two runs in the sixth inning. With one out Isidro Fortuna singled and Nick Theoharis followed with a double. Fortuna eventually scored on a passed ball and Theoharis on a sacrifice fly from Novakowski.
The Bears increased their lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh as Karkoulas came home on Mike MacMillan's (Nesconset, NY) single, but Stony Brook scored five runs in the top of the eight to go ahead 9-7. Cicatelli led off with a single, Fortuna reached on a Smith error and after two consecutive walks that scored Cicatelli, Novakowski followed with his grand slam.
The Bears threatened in the bottom of the eight as they had the bases loaded with one out, but they could only manage one run as Christian Diez (East Meadow, NY) who singled, scored on Karkoulas' sacrifice fly.
NYIT freshman Joe Esposito (Baldwin, NY) took the loss as he gave up six runs on seven hits in three innings of relief. Karkoulas finished the day 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Jamie Roggenkamp (East Meadow, NY) pitched five solid innings for the Bears, allowing just two earned runs in five innings while striking out three.
Stony Brook's Robert Leonard earned his first win of the season and Kris Blakey pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year.