Baseball rallies past UMBC to complete three-game sweep
May 13, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) drove in the game-tying run with one out in the eighth before coming around to score the go-ahead run as the Stony Brook baseball team celebrated Senior Day with a 7-6 come-from-behind win over UMBC on Sunday at Joe Nathan Field.
The Seawolves (39-11, 17-3 AE) have won 15 of their last 16 and 25 of their last 28 and are just one win from becoming the third team in America East history with back-to-back 40 wins seasons. Stony Brook finished the regular season 21-2 at Joe Nathan Field.
SBU honored its four seniors - Pat Cantwell, Evan Stecko-Haley, Sal Intagliata and Tyler Johnson - prior to the game. The Seawolves close the regular season with a four-game series at Maine Friday and Saturday.
UMBC (10-39, 2-19 AE) scored a run in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead but Intagliata doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning and Jankowski followed with his fourth hit of the day to bring home Intagliata with tying run.
Then with Cantwell at the plate, UMBC reliever Dave Superdock tried to pick off Jankowski at first but his throw went down the right field line and Jankowski went all the way to third. Cantwell then drove a fly to center allowing Jankowski to come home with the go-ahead run.
The Retrievers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but sophomore closer Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) struck out Tom Gilchrist to end the game and complete the three-game sweep. It was fourth save of the season for Vanderka.
Stony Brook jumped to a 4-1 lead after four innings but the Retrievers scored three times in the sixth to tie the game. UMBC scored again in the seventh to take the lead but freshman Steven Goldstein's (East Meadow, N.Y.) RBI double drove in junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) with the tying run.
Jankowski finished with four hits in five at-bats and is just five hits from tying the school record for hits in a season (80), set by junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) a year ago. Goldstein went 4-for-4 with two RBI and hit .818 (9-for-11) with seven RBI in the series.
Stecko-Haley started for Stony Brook and struck out eight in 5.1 innings of work. Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) allowed 2.2 innings of relief work and picked up the victory.