April 16, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team rallied against Rhode Island on three separate occasions, and sophomore Johnny Caputo drove in the game-winning run with an eighth inning sacrifice fly as the #Seawolves recorded a 5-4 win over the Rams Wednesday at Joe Nathan Field.
Caputo's sac fly made a winner out of sophomore Nick Brass (Shirley, N.Y.), who pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one hit.
Red-hot Stony Brook has now won 11 of its last 12 games and 21 of its last 26 to improve to 21-11 on the season. Rhode Island falls to 6-25 on the year.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Rhode Island really competed and was a very tough opponent today. But our guys did a great job answering every time Rhode Island scored. It was a big game-winning RBI at-bat by Johnny Caputo, and Nick Brass came in and threw two outstanding innings to pick up the win. We'll move forward and get ready for our conference series at UMass Lowell."
The #Seawolves trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth but answered URI with two runs, the tying run coming on a freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) fielder's choice. The Rams re-claimed the lead in the seventh inning on a triple from Mike Sherburne and RBI double from Mike Corin. URI nearly did more damage, but on a one-out fly ball to center, freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) caught the ball for the second out and threw a strike to home plate to get Corin, who was trying to tag and score, for the 8-2 double play.
Stony Brook fought back once more as sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) delivered a one-out triple in the seventh, scoring on junior Robert Chavarria's (Garden Grove, Calif.) ensuing RBI single through the right side.
After Brass pitched a scoreless eighth inning, the #Seawolves took their first and only lead of the game. Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario). After Baker drew a walk, the two runners advanced a base on a RJ Warnock wild pitch. Caputo came up to the plate and had two strikes on him, but he fought through the at-bat to get a fly ball to right deep enough for Courtney to tag up and score.
Brass finished off the Rams in the ninth to close out the win.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook had nine hits and drew two walks. The team left six men on base.
- Rhode Island had nine hits and drew five walks, leaving nine men on base.
- Parenty, Courtney and junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) all had two-hit days. Courtney was the lone player to score twice. He also drew a walk.
- Parenty and Caputo each drove in a run and scored a run. Caputo has now hit safely in 11 straight games.
- Handley picked up his second outfield assist of the season.
- Baker made a diving catch in right field.
- Senior Josh Barry (Seaford, N.Y.) started on the mound and pitched four innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out four.
- Brass was outstanding for the final two innings, allowing just one hit.
- Stony Brook has now won 11 of its last 12 games and 21 of its last 26.
- The #Seawolves are a perfect 15-0 at Joe Nathan Field this season. They are the only team in the nation with at least 10 games played at home and an undefeated record.
- Stony Brook is now 4-1 all-time against Rhode Island.
The #Seawolves will play at UMass Lowell in a three-game America East series beginning with a Friday doubleheader at 1 p.m.