Stony Brook Baseball Tops UMBC, 10-6
May 18, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Stony Brook baseball team's bats came alive as the Seawolves topped UMBC, 10-6 on Friday evening. Tom Koehler struck out 10 batters and Rob Leonard hit a two-run shot as the Seawolves improve to 29-21 overall and 14-6 in America East play. UMBC falls to 12-38, 3-18.
The Seawolves wasted no time handing Koehler a lead as Stony Brook plated three runs in the top of the first. Justin Echevarria drew a bases loaded walk to plate Chris Sipp, who hit a one-out triple, to give Stony Brook an early 1-0 lead. Rob Dyer capped the inning one at-bat later when he ripped a pitch to center to plate Mike Stephan and Leonard as Stony Brook led 3-0 through one half inning.
UMBC chipped away, scoring runs in the first, second and third inning to knot the game at 3-3 when Joe Fowler hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the third.
Stony Brook responded with seven unanswered runs over the next four innings highlighted by Leonard's two-run blast and capped with three unearned runs in the seventh as the Seawolves led 10-3 through seven.
The Retrievers kept things interesting as they plated three runs in the eighth to trim the lead to 10-6, but Jordan Purington threw a scoreless ninth as the Seawolves held on for the 10-6 win.
Echevarria finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in, Leonard was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a two-run homer and Stephan was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Koehler (5-7) struck out 10 in 6.0 innings on the hill as he allowed three runs in the win.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday when they continue their series with UMBC with a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.