Seawolves Shut Out Binghamton 10-0
May 21, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Kevin Fitzgerald tossed a complete game four-hit shutout and Dave Mischo cracked a two-run homer to cap a four-run first inning as the Stony Brook baseball team cruised to a 10-0 victory over Binghamton on Friday afternoon. The Seawolves now stand at 25-24 overall, 10-9 in the America East and can secure the fourth and final spot in next weekend's conference championships with one victory in tomorrow's double header with the Bearcats. With the loss, Binghamton's record fell to 21-20, 8-10.
The Seawolves jumped on top of Bingamton with a four-run first inning, loading the bases before Nick Theoharis and Kevin Solano plated runs on fielder's choices and Dave Mischo capped the frame with a two-run blast to centerfield to give Stony Brook a 4-0 advantage after one.
Fitzgerald (6-2) dominated from that point on, striking out eight batters without giving up a base on balls while not allowing a Binghamton baserunner to reach third base all game. Fitzgerald retired the side in order in the first three innings and in the ninth to finish out his fourth complete game of the season.
Stony Brook tacked on runs in the second and fourth innings on a pair of RBI singles by Matt Devins, while Andrew Larsen drove in a run in the sixth inning with a single that plated Cole Cicatelli to give the Seawolves a 7-0 lead. A Chris Sipp sacrifice fly and and RBI single by Stephen Didsbury upped the SB lead to 9-0 in the seventh before Kevin Solano capped the scoring with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, in bottom of the eighth.
Devins went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI while Larsen went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead a Seawolves offensively.
Keith Ford led Binghamton with a 2-for-3 afternoon that included a double. David Lind (2-6) suffered the loss on the mound.
Stony Brook and Binghamton will play a double header tomorrow at University Field starting at noon to determine which team will earn the final spot in next week's playoffs in Orono, Maine. Stony Brook needs one victory to secure the fourth spot in the tournament while Binghamton would earn the final berth with a sweep. Albany, Northeastern and Maine have secured the top three spots at the championships. For a complete breakdown of seed scenarios log on to www.americaeast.com and click on the "Baseball Playoff Picture" link.