May 5, 2013
BALTIMORE - Freshman Jack Parenty's (Wantagh, N.Y.) two-run double in the top of the 10th inning topped off a Stony Brook baseball comeback as the Seawolves rallied from four runs down to beat UMBC, 7-5, and take the three-game series Sunday at Alumni Field.
The Seawolves had been down to the Retrievers, 5-1, after five innings, but they scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to tie the game before sending it to extras. Stony Brook, which has won six of its last eight games, improved to 20-29 overall and 11-13 in America East and is now tied with Hartford (14-31, 11-13 AE) for fourth place in the conference standings. UMBC drops to 12-27 overall and 6-18 in America East.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"We had a tremendous comeback win today to help us take the series. We continue to put ourselves in a position to make the America East Tournament."
Down 5-1 after five innings, the Seawolves scored twice in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) and an infield single from freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.). They put two more on the board in the seventh on a senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) RBI triple and a junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) RBI single.
The Seawolves then found themselves in a predicament in the bottom of the ninth as the Retrievers put runners on first and second with nobody out. However, freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.), who pitched five shutout innings today, escaped the jam when junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) threw out Mark Esposito at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt and he got Kevin LaChance to fly out and Brandon Coluccio to ground out.
In the 10th, with Tenuto on third and junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) on first, Parenty stepped to the plate and roped a double down the right field line to score both base runners and give the Seawolves a 7-5 lead.
Knesnik ran into more trouble in the 10th inning, but Mason came on to get the final three outs and earn the save.
Inside the Numbers
- The Seawolves bashed a season-high 17 hits, five of them for extra bases. Every member of the lineup contributed at least one hit.
- Nivins and Italiano each went 3-for-5. Nivins scored two runs.
- Courtney, Tenuto, freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) each collected two hits. Courtney also drew two of the team's three walks on the day.
- Courtney is 11 for his last 28 at the plate (.393) with three home runs and nine RBI.
- In 24 conference games this season, Courtney is hitting .363 with six home runs and 26 RBI.
- Parenty went 1-for-6 with two RBI and is hitting .351 during conference play and .329 overall.
- Krause delivered two RBI on the day.
- Freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) started and allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
- Knesnik was brilliant in relief, shutting the Retrievers out over five innings. He scattered five hits, walked one and fanned four batters. He earned the win to improve to 4-1.
- Mason inherited two runners in the 10th inning and left them stranded to earn his second save of the year.
Stony Brook will host its final home series of the season next weekend when it welcomes Albany to Joe Nathan Field. The series begins with a doubleheader Saturday at noon.