Baseball opens Joe Nathan Field with sweep of Albany to clinch AE regular season title
May 20, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) tossed 7.0 shutout innings and junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh as the Stony Brook University baseball team opened Joe Nathan Field with a doubleheader sweep of Albany that clinched the program's first ever America East regular season title. The Seawolves will now host the 2011 America East tournament on May 25-28.
Pitching the first ever game at Joe Nathan Field, Tropeano (11-1) was dominant as he allowed just a run on two hits in 6.1 innings to lead Seawolves to a 6-1 win in game one. With the victory, Tropeano set the school record for wins in a season.
Stony Brook coasted to a 6-0 win in game two behind Johnson (9-2), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed just two hits. Stony Brook (39-10, 20-2 AE) has won nine straight and 20 of its last 21.
Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) recorded the first hit at Joe Nathan Field, lining a home run over the right field fence to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead. Marshall doubled in junior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) in the third to give Stony Brook a 2-0 lead.
Stony Brook then put the game away with four runs in the fourth, two of which came home on bases loaded walks to freshman Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and junior Keith Murakami (Monterey Park, Calif.).
Tropeano cruised through the first 6.0 innings, allowing just a two-out walk to Nolan Gaige in the fourth. He retired Kyle Crean on a grounder to short to open the seventh but Gaige followed with a base hit to center to foil the no-hit bid.
Mike Tirri then doubled down the right field line to bring home Gaige with the Great Dane's first run. Sophomore Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) relieved Tropeano following the Tirri double and recorded the final two outs to seal the victory.
Stony Brook jumped to a 2-0 lead in game two on a two-run single by sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) in the first. The Seawolves tacked on a run in the second to push their lead to 3-0.
Johnson retired the first 15 batters he faced before giving up a single to Rob Cervini to open the sixth. Johnson has allowed just one earned run over his last 32.0 innings and has struck out 27 and walked just one over that span.
Junior Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.) doubled in two runs in the sixth to give the Seawolves a 5-0 lead. Tissenbaum drove in the final run of the game with a solo home run to right in the seventh.
Freshman Josh Barry (Seaford, N.Y.) and freshman Bryan Tateleman (South Windsor, Conn.) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to wrap up the victory for the Seawolves.
The teams will wrap up their four-game set on Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. and the Seawolves will honor their four seniors- Marshall, Marino, Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Anthony Luciano (Holtsville, N.Y.)- prior to the game.