Seven Run Seventh Propels Seawolves Past UMBC, 14-4
May 21, 2006
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Rob Leonard blasted a grand slam and Andres Perez connected on a three-run shot as the Seawolves scored seven runs in the seventh inning to complete the series sweep over UMBC, 14-4. With the win the Seawolves improve to 22-27 on the year and 12-8 in America East Conference play. The win keeps the Seawolves in the hunt for a bid to the America East Tournament.
With the Seawolves trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning, UMBC had the bases loaded with two outs. Joe Fowler ripped a Gary Novakowski offering up the middle and Chris DiBiaso made a diving stop and flipped the ball to Chris Sipp to get the force out and keep the game close.
Following a UMBC run in the top of the seventh, the Seawolves were down 4-1. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Leonard connected for a grand slam over the left field fence. Four batters later, Perez came through with a two-out, three-run shot to break the game open for Stony Brook.
The Seawolves plated six more runs in the eighth as they won comfortably, 14-4.
Novakowski (4-2) picked up the win, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing one run and three hits. Leonard finished the day 2-for-4 with the grand slam and two runs scored, Perez was 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and a run scored, DiBiaso was 2-for-3 with a solo homerun and two runs scored and Isidro Fortuna was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Depending on what happens in the rest of America East play tonight, the Seawolves will either play tomorrow afternoon for the final spot in the America East Tournament or will play in the AE Tournament later this week.