Big hits lead #Seawolves past Hartford to the conference title round

Casey Baker

May 23, 2014

Final Stats

Lowell, Mass. - Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI, freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) struck out 10 Hartford batters over 6-2/3 innings as the Stony Brook baseball team defeated the Hawks, 10-6, Friday night at LeLacheur Park to advance to the title game of the 2014 America East Championship.

The red-hot #Seawolves have now won 25 of their last 31 games and improve to 35-16 on the season. They will face the winner of tomorrow's Binghamton-Hartford elimination game Saturday at 6 p.m. The Hawks fall to 31-22 on the year and will face Binghamton at 2 p.m., Saturday.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Hartford is having a record-setting year and is extremely well coached. I give a tremendous of credit to a very good Hartford team. By the same token, our guys answered back just about every time they scored. We came back with our runs and had a big inning. So many guys swung the bats extremely well, including Kevin Courtney, who had a tremendous night. Brandon McNitt threw the ball very well and gave us a quality start. It's a great win and a great position to be in, heading into tomorrow."

Turning Point
After Hartford went up 1-0 in the second inning, the #Seawolves immediately responded by plating a pair in the third inning. Singles by senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) followed by a Chavarria stolen base set things up for Courtney, who found the right-center gap for a two-run single to make it 2-1 Stony Brook.

That was the score in the seventh inning when Courtney struck again. With runners on first and second, Courtney drove a pitch over the right fielder's head for an RBI double to make it 3-1. After a walk, Baker followed with a single through the right side that scored two runners and made it 5-1. It was 6-1 by inning's end.

Hartford came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs, but senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) struck out Billy Walker to end the threat.

The #Seawolves then finished off the Hawks with a four-run eighth inning, powered by junior Kevin Krause's (Staten Island, N.Y.) RBI double down the left field line, a Baker RBI single and a Hawks throwing error.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had 12 hits and drew five walks to contribute to its 10 runs. The team left nine men on base.
  • Hartford had 14 hits and drew three walks, but left 12 men on base.
  • Courtney, Chavarria, Krause, Baker and Mason all had multi-hit games.
  • Courtney finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. It was his 21st multi-hit game and 11th multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Baker also had three RBI, producing his 15th multi-hit game and seventh multi-RBI game of the year.
  • Chavarria was 2-for-3 and scored three times.
  • Mason, Krause and Peragine scored twice.
  • McNitt started on the mound and went 6-2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out 10, matching his career high, which he originally set at Wake Forest earlier this season. He is now 8-1 this season and has won eight straight decisions after losing the season opener.
  • Tatelman pitched 2-1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. After getting out of the seventh with the tying run at the plate, he finished the game to earn his third save of the season.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has now won 25 of its last 31 games.
  • The #Seawolves advance to the title game for the seventh time in program history. This is the fifth time they have made it by winning the first two games of the tournament.
  • Stony Brook is now 21-1 this season when scoring six or more runs in a game, 11-0 when scoring 10 or more.

Up Next
The #Seawolves are one win away from an America East Championship crown and they will chase it on Saturday when they face the winner of a Binghamton-Hartford elimination game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., live on AmericaEast.TV.