#Seawolves rally for 6-4 win over Iona

Kevin Krause

April 8, 2014


Final Stats

New Rochelle, N.Y. - Senior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 and drove in the go-ahead run and the Stony Brook baseball bullpen delivered 5-2/3 innings of shutout relief as the #Seawolves came back from three runs down to beat Iona, 6-4, Tuesday at City Park.

The comeback made a winner out of freshman reliever Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) who escaped a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning to deliver three shutout innings. Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) made the defensive play of the game to save the victory by making a running, diving catch in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs.

Stony Brook has now won 16 of its last 21 games to improve to 16-11 on the season and sweep the season series with Iona, which falls to 6-15 on the year.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"The team did a terrific job coming back to win again after falling behind 4-1. Our relievers Cameron Stone and Bryan Tatelman did an excellent job to hold Iona scoreless after they jumped ahead, giving us a chance to come back and win."

Turning Point
After allowing three runs to the Gaels in the fourth inning, Stony Brook found itself down 4-1. But the team came right back with three runs in the top of the fifth. Iona walked a pair of #Seawolves, and senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made the Gaels pay with an RBI single up the middle. After an out and another walk, freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) came up and smacked a single to left that plated a pair of runs to tie the game at 4-4.

In the seventh inning, sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a successful Handley sacrifice bunt. That brought Italiano up, and he doubled to left to bring home Caputo and give the #Seawolves the lead. Italiano came through again in the ninth inning when he singled home Handley, who had walked and stolen a base to reach second, to give Stony Brook some insurance.

In the bottom of the ninth, Iona threatened by loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk. Senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) faced Joe Torres with the game on the line, and Torres hit a deep rope to right, and Krause tracked the ball down by making a spectacular diving catch to save the win.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had 10 hits and drew eight walks. The team left 11 men on base, but scored six runs. The team has scored six or more runs in five of its last six games.
  • Iona had 15 hits and drew five walks but left 15 men on base.
  • Italiano had his first three-hit game of the season while doubling and driving in two runs. He also threw out two baserunners from behind the plate.
  • Handley also finished with two RBI and was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and walk in the game.
  • Courtney was 2-for-4 and picked up his team-leading 23rd RBI of the season.
  • Caputo was 1-for-3 with two walks and a double.
  • Freshman Connor Doyle (Maspeth, N.Y.) started on the mound and pitched 3-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
  • Stone relieved Doyle and proceeded to pitch three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two to earn his first collegiate victory.
  • Tatelman pitched 2-2/3 shutout innings to finish the game and earn his second save.



News & Notes

  • This was Stony Brook's sixth straight win over Iona, dating back to the 2011 season.
  • The #Seawolves have won 16 of their last 21 games.
  • Stony Brook has logged 10 or more hits in a game in five of its last six contests (the sixth was a 9-hit game).

Up Next
The #Seawolves will host Manhattan Wednesday at Joe Nathan Field at 3:30 p.m.