Stony Brook Baseball Sweeps Columbia
April 28, 2007
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team swept a doubleheader over Columbia on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The Seawolves won Game 1, 9-7, and rallied for a come-from-behind victory in Game 2, 6-5, in ten innings. With the pair of wins the Seawolves improve to 20-17 overall and Columbia falls to 16-26-1.
In Game 1, the Seawolves batted around in the bottom of the first, plating six runs on six hits. Chris Sipp, Justin Echevarria, Jeremy Nowak and Kyle Traylor all drove in runs as the Seawolves jumped to an early 6-1 lead.
Columbia kept the game close, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning to pull within two, but Stony Brook added a run in the bottom of the second off a Michael Tansey RBI single and one in the third as Stony Brook led 8-4 through three innings.
The Lions added another run in the top of the fourth inning when Noah Cooper delivered a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 8-5. Stony Brook answered with a run in the fifth and Columbia scored two in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer from Mike Roberts, but Rob Leonard struck out Kyle Roberts to end the game as Stony Brook won Game 1, 9-7.
Tom Koehler (3-6) picked up the win, striking out four batters in six innings. Tansey led the offense in Game 1, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Trailing 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth in Game 2, Witkowski hit a one-out double over the centerfielder's head as Stony Brook had a runner in scoring position. Following a pop up to the second baseman, Leonard ripped an RBI single to plate Witkowski and send the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth, Nowak led off the frame with a triple to deep center. Following a ground out and a Rob Dyer walk, the Seawolves had runners on first and third with one out. Steven Mazzurco hit a slow roller to second base and beat out the double play attempt as Nowak crossed home plate to give the Seawolves a 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
Marc Brown (1-1) threw 5.0 shutout innings out of the pen, striking out four, for his first win of the year. Nowak finished Game 2, 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Seawolves conclude their series versus the Lions with a doubleheader at Columbia on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.