Baseball splits doubleheader with New York Tech
April 3, 2011
Old Westbury, N.Y. - Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) went 3-for-4 and hit a grand slam to highlight a seven-run eighth as the Stony Brook University baseball team defeated New York, 10-3, in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday at President's Field.Sebastian Grazziani hit a walk-off RBI single with one out in the seventh inning to give NYIT a 2-1 win in the first game.
Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) allowed one run on five hits in 7.0 innings to earn the game two win. The loss in game one snapped a five-game winning streak for the Seawolves, who are now 16-6.
Stony Brook scored a run in the first and the second to take a 2-0 lead in game two before NYIT got on the board on a Grazziani run-scoring single in the bottom of the second. The Seawolves tacked on a run in the seventh as junior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) scored on a double steal.
SBU then blew the game open with the seven runs in the eighth. Sophomore Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI single and then came around to score on a two-run single from freshman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
Junior Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.) then walked before Cantwell reached on a hit by the pitch to load the bases. Marshall followed with the grand slam to put the game away. Courtney went 3-for-4 with two RBI in game two and hit .643 (9-for-14) in the four-game series against NYIT.
New York Tech jumped to a 1-0 lead in game one on Dan Lackner's RBI double off freshman right-hander Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.). The run snapped a stretch of 44.2 innings in which the Seawolves had not allowed an earned run.
Stony Brook evened the score with an unearned run in the fifth. NYIT starter John Duggan retired the first two hitters before freshman Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) reached on an error.
Courtney followed with a single through the right side to move Mason to third and Cantwell then walked to load the bases. Duggan walked Marshall to force in a run but retired sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) on a fly out to center to keep the game tied.
SBU threatened in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one out. But New York Tech brought in Ryan Dillabough to relieve Duggan and he struck out Jankowski and Mason to end the threat.
The game remained tied heading to the bottom of the seventh and Vanderka retired Dane Hardy to lead off the inning. But Jerry Smith and Steve McNamara followed with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third.
Carmona came into relieve Vanderka but gave up a single through the left side to Grazziani that scored Smith with the winning run. Vanderka (2-1) allowed six hits in his 6.1 innings and walked just one.
The Seawolves return to action next weekend, hosting Maine for a four-game series to open America East play.