Baseball Falls to New York Tech 4-2
April 2, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team was kept off balance all afternoon by starting pitcher Jon Burke, as New York Tech defeated the Seawolves 4-2 on Friday at University Field. Burke tossed a complete game to drop Stony Brook to 9-11 on the season and improve NYIT to 8-11.
After three scoreless innings, New York Tech broke through with three runs in the fourth off Stony Brook starter Jon Lewis. With the bases loaded and one out, Lewis got Mike Kearney to chase a ball in the dirt for strike three and the second out of the inning, but the ball went all the way to the backstop and Kraig Binick scored from third to give NYIT a 1-0 lead. Garrett McDevitt and Anthony St. George came around to score one batter later on a throwing error by shortstop Chris Sipp to give the Bears a 3-0 lead after three and a half innings.
New York Tech added a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single up the middle by Jelani Arnold. Center fielder Andrew Larsen's throw beat Kearney to the plate, but his slide knocked the ball out of catcher Cole Cicatelli's glove and gave NYIT a 4-0 advantage.
The Seawolves mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, stringing together consecutive doubles by Kevin Solano and Will Brumfield to cut the deficit to 4-1. Two batters later, Sipp came through with an RBI single to score Brumfield and put the Seawolves within two runs, 4-2, at the end of seven.
Stony Brook rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, putting together a pair of singles to put runners on first and second, but third baseman Tim Smith fielded a Larsen bouncer down the line and touched third for the final out of the game.
Lewis (2-3) threw well in the loss, allowing just two earned runs and striking out seven in 7.0 innings of work. Brumfield went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Seawolves at the plate.
Burke (3-0) went the distance for NYIT, scattering nine hits and striking out two in the win. Mike MacMillan was 3-for-4 for the Bears.
Stony Brook travels to NYIT at 1 p.m. tomorrow before returning home for a 1 p.m. game versus the Bears on Sunday.