Baseball Outlasted 12-10 by Vermont
April 10, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team pounded out 16 hits, but a late-inning comeback fell short as Vermont pulled out a slugfest, 12-10, over the Seawolves at University Field on Saturday afternoon. UVM took 2-for-3 from the Seawolves in the opening weekend of America East play and dropped Stony Brook to 12-14 overall, 1-2 in conference play. The Catamounts improved to 8-12, 2-1.
Down 8-3 entering into the bottom of the seventh inning, Stony Brook batted around with a five-run rally to tie the game at eight at the end of seven. Will Brumfield and Kevin Solano opened the inning with back to back singles and both came around to score on a double by Andrew Larsen down the line in left. Two batters later, Larsen was plated on a single by Matt Devins, and Isidro Fortuna capped the scoring with a two-run blast over the leftfield fence.
Vermont answered the Seawolves comeback in the top of the eighth with three runs, as Dean Geoffrey came through with a bases loaded single up the middle to plate two runs and Miguel Magrass added a sacrifice fly to give the Catamounts an 11-8 lead.
After the teams swapped a run each in the bottom of the eighth and the top of the ninth, respectively, the Seawolves mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Down 12-9, Matt Devins singled and advanced two bases when reliever Mike Smith's pickoff attempt was wide of first. Fortuna drove Devins home with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a single by Cole Cicatelli. The Seawolves rally would end there, however, as reliever Jon Plefka entered the game and induced a foul out and a game-ending double play.
Stony Brook was led by Fortuna, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Brett Bernard, who smacked his first career home run as part of a 2-for-4, four RBI afternoon. Nick Abel (1-1) suffered the loss for the Seawolves.
Leif Ekelund went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run for the Catamounts, while Barry Chamberland was 3-for-5 with two RBI.
The Seawolves are back in action on Wednesday, April 13, when the travel to Marist to take on the Red Foxes at 3:30 p.m.