#Seawolves offense rocks Albany in doubleheader sweep

Kevin Courtney

April 27, 2014

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats

Albany, N.Y. - Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) homered in both ends of Stony Brook baseball's doubleheader at Albany, finishing the day with four hits, five runs scored and six RBI as the #Seawolves routed the Great Danes by scores of 12-7 and 13-2 Sunday at Varsity Field.

In total, Stony Brook bashed 24 hits in the doubleheader as six #Seawolves recorded multi-hit games. The team also drew a whopping 22 walks over the two games, including 15 in game one.

Stony Brook completed a regular season sweep of Albany, winning all six meetings. The #Seawolves are now 25-14 overall and 11-3 in America East, re-claiming the conference lead, one game ahead of Hartford (10-4). Albany has now lost 10 straight games and falls to 7-26 overall and 4-14 in conference.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"I'm very pleased that we went out on the road against an always-tough UAlbany team and came out with the sweep. We played well in all facets of the game this weekend."

Game One Turning Point
Stony Brook let a 5-0 lead slip away in the bottom of the fourth when the Great Danes posted six runs, three of them coming on a bases-clearing double by Alex Lushkevich. Albany took a 6-5 lead on Josh Nethaway's fielder's choice.

The #Seawolves battled back with two runs in the sixth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario), allowing the team to reclaim the lead at 7-6.

Stony Brook then pushed the game out of reach in the seventh inning with four runs, all coming with two outs. With the bases loaded, Courtney delivered a single up the middle to plate two runs. Peragine came up with another RBI single and then freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) drew a bases loaded walk, one of five walks he drew in the game. Stony Brook now had a 11-6 lead and went on to win, 12-7.

Game Two Turning Point
The #Seawolves took control of the game in the second and third innings. They scored four times in the second on only two hits. The big hit was Krause singling through the right side to bring home a pair of runners.

Then in the third inning, Stony Brook scored three times on only one hit, taking advantage of Albany's wildness that included two hit-by-pitches, three walks, a wild pitch and a balk. The #Seawolves took a 7-0 lead on just four hits.

The #Seawolves then blew the game open with a five-run fifth. Krause had the big blow with a two-run homer to left, his second home run of the day. The first had come in the first inning of game one. Freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) and senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) also delivered RBI singles in the inning as the #Seawolves went up 13-1.

The rest was on sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.), who pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs in seven innings while striking out eight batters.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had 24 hits and drew 22 walks over the two games, including an incredible 15 walks in game one.
  • Albany had 14 hits and nine walks over the two games. The team only had four hits in game two.
  • Six different #Seawolves had a multi-hit game in one or both of the doubleheader games, including Krause, Courtney, Peragine, Mason, junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) and sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.).
  • Krause homered, walked three times, drove in two runs and scored four times in game one. Then he followed up with three hits, a homer and four RBI in game two. For the weekend, he was 7-for-12 with two homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored.
  • Courtney had five hits over the two games and had three RBI in game one.
  • Mason was 3-for-4 with two walks and two runs in game one and then 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored in game two.
  • Baker walked five times in game one.
  • Freshman Ryley MacEachern (Saugus, Mass.) started game one and allowed six runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four.
  • Sophomore Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) relieved MacEachern and surrendered one run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five and earned the victory in relief to improve to 3-1.
  • Honahan started game two and pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out eight to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the season (6-2).



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has won 25 of its last 33 games.
  • The #Seawolves are 14-4 in the month of April with one game remaining.
  • Stony Brook swept the regular season series with Albany, taking all six games.
  • At 11-3, the #Seawolves are back in first place in America East, one game ahead of Hartford.
  • The #Seawolves finished the three-game series hitting .324 as a team with 35 hits, 31 runs and 26 walks drawn.

Up Next
Stony Brook will play at Fairfield Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and then host Maine in a three-game, America East series Saturday and Sunday at Joe Nathan Field.