Baseball Splits Double Header with Vermont
April 9, 2004
Will Brumfield smacked his first career home run and Kevin Fitzgerald pitched a complete game as the Stony Brook baseball team took Game 2 of a double header, 4-2, over the University of Vermont to earn a split on Friday afternoon at University Field. Vermont topped the Seawolves 14-8 in Game 1. With the split, Stony Brook's record stands at 12-13 overall, 1-1 in America East play, while UVM moves to 7-12, 1-1.
Cole Cicatelli had RBI singles in the first and third innings and Will Brumfield poked his first career home run, a two-run shot over the wall in left centerfield, to give the Seawolves a 4-0 lead after three innings.
Starting pitcher Kevin Fitzgerald cruised through five innings, allowing just one hit, before the Catamounts threatened in the top of the sixth. Bobby Tewksbary got UVM on the board with a one-out home run to cut the Seawolves lead to 4-1, and Vermont continued the threat with runners on first and second and just one out. Kyle Brault stepped to the plate and promptly crushed a ball to left that looked like it would it clear the fence for a game-tying home run, but the drive hit the top of the 20-foot high wall and bounced back into play, holding Braught to a double and putting runners on second and third.
With the score now 4-2, Vermont attempted a squeeze play with Frank Rossi popping up his bunt attempt near first base. The bunt sailed over the head of the charging first baseman, Dave Mischo, and was scooped up by second baseman Brett Bernard. Vermont's Miguel Magrass held at third, but Brault was hung up between second and third base. Bernard ran at Brault, driving him back to second base and flipped to shortstop Matt Devins, who applied the tag for the second out of the inning. As Bernard threw to second, Magrass broke for the plate and was gunned down by Devins to end the inning.
Fitzgerald allowed a one-out single in the seventh but retired the next two batters for his third win of the season.
Cicatelli went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Seawolves attack.
Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 on a sacrifice fly by Isidro Fortuna, but Vermont jumped all over the Seawolves with three runs in the third and five in the fifth to break the game open, 9-1.
Stony Brook cut the deficit to 10-5 in the seventh, but UVM added four in the eighth, two coming off a home run by Brault, to put the Catamounts back up 14-5.
Larsen went with 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs to lead the Seawolves in Game 1.
Stony Brook and Vermont will play the third and final game of the series tomorrow afternoon at noon.