April 14, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) sent the Stony Brook baseball team home happy as his walk-off single off the third base bag down the left field line lifted the Seawolves to a 5-4, 11-inning win over Hartford Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series at Joe Nathan Field.
The win secured Stony Brook's second America East series of the season and improved the team's conference record to 6-9, just 1.5 games behind Binghamton for fourth place in the standings.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Today was a hard-fought, exciting win to take the series. We had terrific performances from so many guys. It was good to be on the winning end of an extra-inning game after being on the losing end so many times this year."
Although the Seawolves won it in the 11th, it may have been the top of the 10th that was the true turning point. Hartford put the first two batters on a double and an error, setting up first and third with nobody out. Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) bore down though and got the next three outs. First, junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) gunned down Brian Estevez trying to steal second base. Then Knesnik struck out Brady Sheetz on a 3-2 fastball. Knesnik then induced James Alfonso to fly out to center to escape the jam.
With Italiano on second and freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) on first and two outs in the 11th, Mason stepped up against Jeremy Charles and hit a sharp grounder down the third base line that hit the bag and then skipped into the outfield, allowing Italiano to scamper home with the winning run.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook had 12 hits on the day; five Seawolves had multi-hit games, led by sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
- Italiano also scored twice, including the game-winner.
- Mason had two RBI. He had hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 4-4.
- Junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) had a big two-run double in the sixth inning and now has 10 RBI in his last eight games.
- Caputo hit his fourth triple of the season as part of a 2-for-5 day. He scored on Mason's seventh-inning single.
- Italiano was 1-for-2 throwing out base stealers and is now 26-for-54 on the season.
- Freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) started for Stony Brook and tossed six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six. All three of the runs he allowed came in the seventh inning.
- Knesnik was brilliant in relief, allowing one run on three hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. He earned the victory to improve to 3-1 on the season.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook has won 15 of its last 16 games against Hartford.
- The Seawolves are now 3-5 in extra inning games and 4-8 in one-run games this season. All three games against Hartford were one-run games.
- Stony Brook is now 1.5 games behind Binghamton for fourth place in America East.
Stony Brook returns to Joe Nathan Field for a pair of mid-week, non-conference games, hosting Bryant Tuesday at 4 p.m., and NYIT Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.