Baseball edges Central Connecticut for sixth straight win
April 24, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Travis Jankowski scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh as the Stony Brook University baseball team beat the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 4-3, on Tuesday for its sixth straight win. SBU improves to 30-10 with the victory, the fifth time in the last six years it has won 30 or more games.
Jankowski reached base in three of his five plate appearances and scored two runs. Seniors Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.) added two hits each for Stony Brook, which has won 16 of its last 18 and improved to 16-1 at Joe Nathan Field this season.
Sophomore Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) allowed one run in 3.0 innings of relief to pick up the win. Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn his third save.
CCSU tied the game 3-3 in the sixth on a JP Sportman sacrifice fly and the teams headed to bottom of the seventh still tied. Jankowski walked to lead off the inning and then stole second.
Jankowski was still on second with two outs when freshman Kevin Krause chopped a ball to third. Mitch Wells fielded the ball cleanly but threw wide of first allowing Jankowski to come home with go-ahead run.
Rakkar relieved Mason to start the eighth and Jake Matuszak reached second with two outs. Sportsman than hit the ball sharply up in the middle but junior second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) moved to his right and made a backhand pickup before throwing out Sportman by a few steps at first.
The Blue Devils again pushed a runner to second with two outs in the ninth but Rakkar got AJ Lowers to pop up to second to end the game.
Wells led Central with three hits while Sportman drove in all three Blue Devil runs including a two-run home run that gave CCSU a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Krause and junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) each hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to give SBU a 3-2 lead before the Blue Devils tied it in the sixth.
The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, traveling to take on Fairfield. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.