May 17, 2014
Final Stats |
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) homered and then drove in what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning to lead the Stony Brook baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Hartford Saturday at Joe Nathan Field. The victory gave the #Seawolves the America East regular season championship outright and the No. 1 seed in next week's America East Championship tournament.
This is the third regular season championship for Stony Brook, all coming in the last four years (2011 & 2012). The team has now won eight of its last 10 and 27 of its last 33 games to improve to 33-16 overall and 18-5 in America East, finishing two games better than Hartford, which closes the regular season at 30-21 overall and 16-7 in the conference.
Prior to the game, Stony Brook honored its seven graduating seniors - Josh Barry, Kevin Courtney, Anthony Italiano, Josh Mason, Brandon McNitt, Bryan Tatelman and Frankie Vanderka.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"What an exciting game to finish the regular season and to clinch the regular season championship outright. I'm very porud of the team and the way they battled today and battled all season. We beat a very good Hartford team to reach this accomplishment. We look forward to the upcoming conference tournament and playing our very best there as well."
Stony Brook scored single runs in the second on a senior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) double and in the third on Krause's towering home run down the left field line to go up 2-0. Hartford rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to even the game at 2-2.
That was the score in the bottom of the eighth inning. Junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) led off the inning with a groundball to shortstop that Hartford's Trey Stover could not handle. Krause then followed with a booming drive to center that bounced off the wall for a double, and Chavarria scored all the way from first to make it 3-2. Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) followed with a single, freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) walked and then Italiano hit a deep ball to center for a sacrifice fly that allowed Krause to score easily.
The rest was taken care of by freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) on the mound. In the top of the eighth, all 10 of his pitches went for strikes as he cruised. Then in the top of the ninth, he induced a ground ball out at first and then struck out the final two batters to clinch the victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook had seven hits and drew three walks, leaving seven on base.
- Hartford had just four hits and drew two walks, leaving six on base.
- Krause and Peragine had the lone multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4.
- Krause hit his America East leading eighth home run of the year, drove in two runs and scored two runs on the day.
- Italiano also drove in a pair of runs after going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.
- Sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) started on the mound and went 5-1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
- Senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) pitched 1-2/3 shutout innings in relief.
- Stone struck out three during his two shutout innings to close out the win.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook has captured its third outright America East regular season championship, joining the 2011 and 2012 teams.
- The #Seawolves have been dominant in America East since the start of the 2010 season with an 88-34 record.
- Stony Brook finished the year with a 19-3 record at Joe Nathan Field.
Stony Brook will look to claim its fifth America East Championship title next week at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. The #Seawolves will play their first-round game against either Maine or Binghamton Thursday, May 22 at 2 p.m. The games will be carried on AmericaEast.TV.