Baseball Rallies For 10-4 Victory Over Vermont
April 18, 2008
Burlington, VT. - Sophomore Jeremy Nowak (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with five RBI and scored the go-ahead run with one out in the eighth inning as the Stony Brook University baseball team rallied for a 10-4 victory over Vermont on Friday afternoon at Centennial Field. Stony Brook improves to 18-14 overall and 6-3 in the America East while the Catamounts fall to 15-12 and 3-2.
After falling behind 4-0 after five innings, the Seawolves rallied to tie it with two runs in the sixth on a Nowak two-run single and two more in the seventh on run-scoring hits from freshman Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and junior Brian Witkowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
Nowak then doubled with one out in the eighth and came around to score, after sophomore Rob Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) walked, on a RBI single from junior Michael Tansey (Valley Stream, N.Y.). Junior Keith Fier (Armonk, N.Y.) then singled through the right side and the ball was mishandled by Vermont right fielder Ethan Paquette which allowed Dyer to cross the plate. Tansey scored the final run of the inning on a Stony Brook double-steal.
SBU put the game away in the ninth, loading the bases with no out for Nowak who drove a triple into right-center field to clear the bases and make it 10-4. Senior Tom Koehler (New Rochelle, N.Y.) picked up the win for the Seawolves, allowing four runs in 7.0 innings of work while striking out six.
Vermont took an early lead with two runs in the third as Mark Micokski scored on a Koehler wild pitch which was followed by a Jeff Nolet RBI single. The Catamounts added to their lead with two more runs in the fifth with the first coming on a Matt Duffy run-scoring single. UVM then loaded the bases with no outs but Koehler got Paquette to ground into a double-play, with Miguel Magrass scoring on the play, to help limit the damage.
Owen Ozanich took the loss for UVM, recording just one out while allowing the go-ahead run to score in the eighth. Witkowski and Fier paced the Stony Brook offense in addition to Nowak, recording two hits apiece.
The teams will continue their series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at noon.