#Seawolves come back to knock off Bryant, UConn at Dodd Stadium

Cole Peragine

April 5, 2014

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Norwich, Conn. - Participating in a tournament with two other Northeast Region powers, the Stony Brook baseball team came out victorious twice as the #Seawolves topped Bryant, 8-5, in the early game and then defeated Connecticut, 6-3, in the nightcap Saturday at the Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic.

Junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) was the hero in the Bryant win, smacking a tie-breaking three-run homer in the ninth inning. Sophomore Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) came up big with five shutout innings of relief in the victory over UConn.

Stony Brook has now won 15 of its last 19 games to improve to 15-10 on the season. Bryant drops to 16-9, and UConn falls to 13-15.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Today was a great day for our team. To come back from an early deficit and win that game and then turn around and come back to win the second game was the result of a great team effort. All in all, two terrific performances against two top-notch programs, and we look forward to Sunday's finale vs. Bryant."

Game One vs. Bryant Turning Point
Stony Brook trailed Bryant 4-0 and came back to tie it with two runs in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Bulldogs came back with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to re-claim the lead, 5-4.

That was the score entering the top of the ninth when the #Seawolves mounted another comeback. Senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a one-out wild pitch by Bryant's Trevor Lacosse. That brought junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) up and he smacked a single up the middle to score Mason and tie the game. Then with two outs and two on, Peragine crushed a Lacosse pitch down the left field line and over the 15-foot fence for a three-run homer.

Leading 8-5, Stony Brook then finished the game off as freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) allowed the tying run to come to plate but then struck out the final two batters of the game for his fifth save of the year.

Game Two vs. UConn Turning Point
Stony Brook fell behind the Huskies 3-1, but the #Seawolves persevered with a run in the third inning and then bursted out with four runs in the fifth inning. Chavarria opened the frame with a single up the middle and came home on Peragine's RBI double to left. UConn pitchers walked the next three batters, and sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) made them pay with a single through the right side that brought home senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.). Freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) then brought home the fourth run of the inning with a single through the right side that scored freshman Connor Doyle (Maspeth, N.Y.).

Stony Brook took care of the rest on the mound as Knesnik delivered a stellar relief outing. He scattered six hits over five innings and struck out six while not walking a batter. He got through the seventh inning and then turned things over to senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.), who gave up just one hit over two innings to earn his first collegiate save.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook pounded out 23 hits on the day, 13 vs. Bryant and 10 vs. UConn. After drawing just one walk against Bryant, the patient #Seawolves worked out nine walks against the Huskies.
  • Five different #Seawolves produced multi-hit days and all but two players on the day had a hit.
  • Stony Brook's pitching limited Bryant to six hits. UConn did get nine hits against the #Seawolves.
  • Sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) led Stony Brook with give hits on the day, going 3-for-4 vs. Bryant and 2-for-4 vs. UConn.
  • Peragine's home run was his first of the season. He was 3-for-5 vs. Bryant and finished the two games with four RBI and three runs scored.
  • Courtney was 3-for-5 against Bryant and 1-for-3 with two walks vs. UConn and scored three times on the day.
  • Senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started on the mound vs. Bryant and allowed five runs on five hits over seven innings. He uncharacteristically walked five batters and struck out just one.
  • Freshman Ryley MacEachern (Saugus, Mass.) started against UConn and pitched only two innings, allowing two earned runs. He didn't walk a batter and fanned two.
  • Knesnik was stellar in relief against UConn, pitching five shutout innings and allowing just six hits while striking out six and not walking a batter. He earned his first win of the season.
  • Tatelman pitched three innings across the two games, earning the win vs. Bryant after a scoreless eighth inning and then pitching two shutout innings vs. UConn to pick up his first collegiate save.
  • Stone pitched a scoreless ninth inning against Bryant to pick up his fifth save of the season. He struck out two in the game and now has 24 strikeouts in 17-1/3 innings.

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has won 15 of its last 19 games after starting the season 0-6.
  • The #Seawolves defeated Bryant and UConn for the first time in program history.
  • Stony Brook won its first game of the season when trailing after eight innings.

Up Next
Stony Brook finishes its appearance in the Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic Sunday with a single game against Bryant at noon.