Baseball Sweeps Hartford
May 1, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team won Game 1, 6-3, and Jon Lewis struck out a career-high 13 batters in a 9-1 Game 2 victory as the Seawolves swept a double header from Hartford on Saturday afternoon at University Field. SB pitchers struck out a combined 25 batters on the day to even the Seawolves record at 19-19 overall, 5-6 in the America East. With the losses Hartford falls to 9-24, 3-8.
Lewis dominated the second game of the day, recording strikeouts for 13 of the 21 outs in the seven inning affair. Deadlocked at zero in the second inning, Lewis found himself with runners on second and third with no outs, but answered the challenge by striking out the next three batters to get out of the inning unscathed. Lewis cruised from that point, allowing just one run on the day and striking out the side in the seventh to close out the game.
The Seawolves opened the scoring in the third inning, plating three runs in the inning, two on a home run by Cole Cicatelli, to take a 3-1 lead. They would open the game up in the bottom of the sixth, putting together six hits in the inning to plate six runs and take a commanding 9-1 lead. Will Brumfield and Isidro Fortuna each drove in two runs in the inning, while Matt Devins and Jon Pasieka drove in a run apiece.
Lewis improved to 3-6 with the victory while Kevin Solano went 3-for-3 with a run scored and Devins went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run to lead SB at the plate.
Kevin Fitzgerald turned in a dominant performance on the mound to lead the Seawolves to a 6-3 victory in the opener. Fitzgerald recorded strikeouts for seven of the first nine outs of the day and finished the game with eight punchouts to improve his record to 5-2.
The Seawolves plated a run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Nick Theoharis and Chris Sipp to take a 1-0 lead, before Hartford's Ron Accabo hit his tenth home run of the season to pull Hartford into a 1-1 tie in the sixth. The Seawolves answered in the bottom of the inning as Theoharis delivered a two-out double to score Cicatelli and Solano and give Stony Brook a 3-1 lead.
The teams traded single runs in the seventh inning before Stony Brook added two in the eighth to take a 6-2 advantage heading into the ninth inning. Accabo represented the tying run as he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, but Matt Restivo coaxed the slugger into a sacrifice fly and closed out the game to pick up his second save of the season and give the Seawolves a 6-3 victory.
Nick Abel struck out four batters in 2.1 innings of strong relief out of the bullpen, while Theoharis and Sipp picked up two hits and two RBI apiece.
Matt Denorfia went 2-for-4, while Accabo went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead Hartford at the plate.
The third and final game of the series will be tomorrow at noon.