Baseball sets wins record with sweep of Maine
May 19, 2012
Orono, Maine - Junior Maxx Tissenbaum hit a go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the ninth as the Stony Brook baseball team scored nine runs over the final two innings to rally for a 10-9 win over Maine in its regular season finale on Saturday. It was the 43rd win for the Seawolves, breaking the school record for wins in a season set by last year's team.
Stony Brook (43-11, 21-3 AE) won the first game of the day, 7-2, and won 19 of its final 20 games to close the regular season. The Seawolves clinched their second straight America East regular season title last weekend and hosts the 2012 America East Championships at Joe Nathan Field beginning on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Seawolves open the four-team double-elimination tournament with a rematch against No. 4 Maine on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) went 2-for-4 in the opener, breaking the school record for hits in a season (81) set by junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) last season. Carmona collected three hits and had three RBI in game one.
Tissenbaum had two hits and three RBI in game two while freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) tallied three hits and drove in four runs.
Maine jumped to an 8-1 lead after seven innings in the second game but the Seawolves struck for five runs in the eighth highlighted by a two-run double from Peragine and a two-run home run from sophomore Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), his second of the day.
The Black Bears scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 9-6 but the first three Seawolves to bat in the ninth walked to load the bases. The next two batters struck out but Peragine followed with a two-run single to pull SBU within one.
Tissenbaum then drove a double to left and Peragine came all the way around to score and give the Seawolves a 10-9 lead.
Maine put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth but freshman reliever Matt Gallup (Albany, N.Y.) got Tyler Patzalek to ground into a double play to end the game. Gallup (4-0) pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn the victory.
Carmona gave Stony Brook an early lead in the opener with a two-run home run in the first. Maine answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning but Courtney hit a solo home run to right-center to put the Seawolves back in front.
Freshman Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) pushed the lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the fifth and the Seawolves then put the game away with three runs in the seventh.
Senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) allowed two runs in 6.1 innings to earn the victory.