May 11, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team staged a comeback rally in the eighth inning, scoring four times with two outs to erase a two-run deficit and defeat the Albany Great Danes, 5-3, Saturday at Joe Nathan Field. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader, the two teams played just a single nine-inning game due to the threat of rain.
Junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) tied the game with a two-run single, freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had the go-ahead RBI single and sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) added insurance with a run-scoring single. All three hits came with two outs, and the latter two hits came on two-strike counts.
Stony Brook has now won seven of its last 10 games to improve to 21-29 overall and 12-13 in America East. The win, coupled with Hartford dropping both ends of a doubleheader at UMBC, puts the Seawolves 1-1/2 games ahead of the Hawks (15-33, 11-15 AE) for the final spot in the America East Championship.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Today we had a great comeback win. We had terrific clutch play in that eighth inning, and pitching-wise, Brandon McNitt hung in there for us, and Tyler Honahan picked a great time to pick up his first collegiate win. We look forward to carrying this momentum into tomorrow's doubleheader."
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth and having struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, the Seawolves stayed the course and came up big when it mattered most. Stony Brook loaded the bases with two outs on two hit by pitches and a single to center. Albany removed right-hander pitcher Austin Chase in favor of left-handed reliever Andrew Jaurique. Up stepped Mason, and he turned on a 1-0 pitch and smacked it up the middle, bringing home junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) and freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and tying the game at 3-3.
Parenty then followed and fell behind 1-2 in the count but he too singled up the middle to bring home freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) and give the Seawolves their first lead of the game. Peragine then smacked a 2-2 pitch into left to bring home Mason.
The comeback stunned Albany, which went quietly down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.
Inside the Numbers
- The Seawolves outhit Albany 11-6.
- Parenty led all hitters with a 3-for-5 day. It was his sixth three-hit game of the season, the third in the last six games alone. He is hitting .371 (13-for-35) in his last eight games.
- Peragine produced his third straight multi-hit game and is hitting .333 (9-for-27) in his last six games.
- Mason was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. He has hit safely in five straight games and now has four multi-hit games this season.
- Junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) went 1-for-3 and drove in his team-leading 28th run of the season.
- Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started the game for the Seawolves and gutted out seven solid innings. He allowed three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out eight, which matched his career high.
- Freshman Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) pitched the final two innings and struck out three of the seven batters he faced. He earned his first collegiate victory.
- Seawolves pitching helped Albany strand 10 runners on the base paths.
The Seawolves and Great Danes wrap up the three-game series with a doubleheader Sunday at noon. Prior to the games, Stony Brook will honor its two seniors, Tanner Nivins
(Kitchener, Ontario) and G.C. Yerry
(West Shokan, N.Y.).