Baseball surpasses 40 wins with sweep of Maine
May 18, 2012
Orono, Maine - Senior Tyler Johnson threw 5.0 shutout innings in the opener and junior Jasvir Rakkar tossed 4.0 innings of scoreless relief in game two as the Stony Brook baseball team eclipsed 40 wins for the second straight season with a doubleheader sweep of Maine on Friday afternoon. SBU won game one, 5-1 before rallying for a 5-4 victory to complete the sweep.
Stony Brook (41-11, 19-3 AE) becomes just the third team in America East history and first since Delaware in 1997-98 to win 40 games or more in back-to-back seasons. SBU has won 17 of its last 18 and 27 of its last 30.
SBU is just one win from tying the school record for wins, set by last year's team. The Seawolves close the regular season with a doubleheader against Maine on Saturday before returning home to host the 2012 America East Championships at Joe Nathan Field May 23-26.
Johnson (8-1) allowed just three hits and did not walk a batter in the opener before sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn his fifth save.
Rakkar (5-2) gave up just a hit and a walk in his 4.0 innings. Sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the start and allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings.
Stony Brook fell behind 3-1 after four innings in game two before Jankowski hit a solo home with two outs in the fifth. Maine answered back with a run in the sixth before freshman Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) led off the seventh with a homer to again bring Stony Brook within one.
The Seawolves took the lead for good with two runs in the eighth. Junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) tied the game with an RBI double and he eventually came around to score on an RBI groundout from junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) to put the Seawolves ahead.
SBU jumped to a quick lead in the opener as Jankowski singled to lead off, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then stole third before coming home on a Carmona RBI groundout.
Peragine extended th lead to 2-0 with an RBI single in the sixth before Stony Brook put the game away with three runs in the sixth highlighted by a two-run triple from Nivins.