Seawolves Fall 13-10 to UMBC
May 16, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - UMBC sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10-run sixth inning as the Stony Brook baseball team fell 13-10 to the Retrievers on Sunday afternoon at University Field. With the loss the Seawolves record moves to 24-24 overall, 9-9 in the America East, while UMBC improves to 14-34, 6-12. Stony Brook is now a half game up on Binghamton for fourth place in the America East and headed for a showdown with Bearcats in the final conference series of the regular season next weekend.
Stony Brook wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Nick Theoharis to give the Seawolves a 2-0 advantage. It was Theoharis' second home run in as many days and his fourth in his last five games.
The Retrievers answered with a longball of their own in the top of the third as Zach Clark left the yard with two runners on to give UMBC a 3-2 lead. Stony Brook responded in the bottom of the inning when Isidro Fortuna plated Stephen Didsbury on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three. Matt Devins, who reached base on an error, then stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Theoharis to give the Seawolves back the lead at 4-3 after three innings of play.
Stony Brook would hold on to its one run lead as the Seawolves defense stepped up in the fourth and fifth innings. UMBC's Jon Gossard attempted to tie the game in the fourth with a shot to centerfield, but Andrew Larsen scaled the wall to bring the ball back into play with a spectacular catch for the first out of the inning. The Retrievers threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with one out before Kris Bakey came in to strike out Clark and induce a flyout by Kyle Wildasin and maintain the Seawolves one run lead.
UMBC would blow the game open in the sixth, however, sending 15 batters to the plate en route to 10 runs and a 13-4 lead. The Retrievers tallied eight hits in the inning, highlighted by a Mike Scheffel two-run homer and a two-run single by Gossard.
Stony Brook cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh as the Seawolves walked the bases full and Matt Devins cleared them with a three-run double to make the score 13-7. Fortuna and Theoharis then hit back to back run scoring doubles to plate two more runs and pull the Seawolves within four runs at 13-9. The Seawolves would tack on a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Theoharis, but that was all they could manage as UMBC held on for the 13-10 victory.
Theoharis went 4-for-5 with five RBI for the Seawolves, while Fortuna was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Steve Evans (1-2) earned the win on the mound for UMBC while Clark was 2-for-5 with four RBI, Scheffel drove in three as part of a 3-for-5 afternoon and Mike Orlando went 4-for-6 with a pair of runs scored.
The Seawolves are back in action on Tuesday when Seton Hall comes to town at 3:30 before the crucial three-game series with Binghamton on Friday and Saturday.