May 4, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) drove in the tying run, and junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) was responsible for bringing home the winning runs as the Stony Brook baseball team rallied for four late runs to beat Maine, 4-1, Sunday at Joe Nathan Field to clinch the series.
Stony Brook takes two out of three from the Black Bears to improve to 27-15 overall and 13-4 in America East, keeping pace with Hartford for first place in the conference. The #Seawolves have officially clinched a spot in the 2014 America East Championship, the ninth consecutive year that the program has reached the conference postseason. Maine slips to 19-25 overall and 6-9 in America East.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Today's game was a real grind-it-out win. We faced a pitcher who was doing a really good job against us. But we hung in there, and the guys came through at the very end. And a lot of that has to do with the pitching."
After loading the bases in the second, third and fifth innings and coming up empty, Maine finally pushed a run across in the sixth on Steven Adam's bloop single down the left field line that scored Scott Heath. The Black Bears had a 1-0 lead that did not last long as junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit a long double to left-center and came around to score on Baker's RBI single to center, knotting the game at 1-1.
That was the score until the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Krause on second and senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) on first, Peragine roped a hard line drive to center. Maine's Colin Gay tried to make a diving catch, but came up short, and the ball rolled all the way to the wall. Krause and Courtney easily scored, and Peragine hustled into third for a triple. The #Seawolves took a 3-1 lead, and Baker made it 4-1 when he stroked a triple to the right-center gap.
Freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) then closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning to earn his eighth save of the year.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook had five hits and drew six walks. The team left seven men on base.
- Maine had eight hits and drew eight walks. The Black Bears left 15 men on base, including the bases loaded on three separate occasions.
- Baker had the lone multi-hit game for the #Seawolves, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. He drove in the tying run and gave the team an insurance run late. He was 6-for-10 on the weekend vs. Maine.
- Krause scored two runs.
- Peragine was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI, both coming on his triple. Peragine now has a team-high 16 RBI during conference play.
- Sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) made a pair of diving catches for Stony Brook. In the second inning, he snared a Troy Black line drive in left center with the bases loaded to prevent Maine from scoring. In the seventh inning, he snatched a wind-aided fly ball from Jonathan Salcedo that was right down the left field line.
- Sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) started on the mound for Stony Brook and went 5-2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked seven and struck out nine, matching his career high.
- Senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) pitched 2-1/3 scoreless innings in relief and earned the victory to improve to 4-0.
- Stone pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his eighth save of the season.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook has now won 27 of its last 36 games.
- The #Seawolves are 71-24 in America East play since the start of the 2011 season.
- Stony Brook is 13-4 in America East this season and is in a tie with Hartford for first place.
- The #Seawolves have clinched their spot in the 2014 America East Championship, the ninth consecutive season that they have reached the conference's postseason tournament, which is the longest active streak among the current members.
- The team is now 17-2 at Joe Nathan Field this season.
Stony Brook will take on NYIT Wednesday at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.