Baseball enjoys Citi Field experience, falls to St. John's in 12

March 26, 2013

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Flushing, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team and St. John's squared off at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and neither team felt like leaving the field. Stuck in a pitcher's duel, the two teams went to the 12th inning, where St. John's struck for six runs to go on and defeat the Seawolves 7-1.

Sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) and freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) each had two hits for the Seawolves with Shives driving in the only run on a triple. Junior Josh Barry (Seaford, N.Y.), freshman Kenny Ball (Asuza, Calif.) and junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) all pitched multiple scoreless innings.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"I'd like to thank the New York Mets, especially Fred and Jeff Wilpon, for the opportunity to play at Citi Field. Despite the disappointing extra inning loss, this was a great experience for our players, one that I think they will remember for the rest of their playing careers and the rest of their lives."

Turning Point
The two teams engaged in a pitcher's duel the entire contest. But in the 12th inning, St. John's loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single. Senior G.C. Yerry (West Shokan, N.Y.) relieved junior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) and promptly hit Martin Kelly to bring home one run. Frank Schwindel followed with a bases-clearing double to left, and Sean O'Hare capped the explosion with an RBI double to left center.

Inside the Numbers

  • Shives went 2-for-4 and notched an RBI triple.
  • Peragine also went 2-for-4 and drew a walk.
  • Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) started for Stony Brook and pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits. The lone run scored on a wild pitch.
  • Barry, Ball and Mason pitched eight consecutive scoreless innings. Mason struck out four batters in his three innings.
  • Italiano threw out two more base runners. He now has gunned down 18 of 39 would-be base stealers this season.
  • Tatelman took the loss to fall to 0-3. He gave up three runs without recording an out.

News & Notes

  • This was Stony Brook's first-ever appearance at Citi Field to play. The team was the New York Mets' guests of honor last June after coming from the College World Series.
  • This was also the first meeting between Stony Brook and St. John's on the baseball diamond since April 5, 2001, a 7-5 Seawolves win. The all-time series is now 1-1.

Up Next
Stony Brook will return to conference action this weekend, taking on UMBC in a three-game series beginning with a Friday noon doubleheader at Joe Nathan Field.