Baseball Wins America East Championship
May 24, 2008
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Junior Mike Errigo (Bayside, N.Y.) hurled a five-hitter and junior Mike Tansey hit a three-run home run to highlight a four-run third as the No. 2 Stony Brook University baseball team won its second America East Championship in five years with a 6-0 victory over the No. 1 Binghamton Bearcats at Farmingdale State College on Saturday night to earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament selection show will be carried live on ESPN on Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Errigo was brilliant for the Seawolves (34-24), striking out six and walking just two while scattering just five hits over his 9.0 innings of work. The right-hander did not allow a Binghamton (29-27) runner past second base and completed a stretch of 19.0 consecutive scoreless innings by Seawolves pitching during the tournament.
The Seawolves jumped on top with four runs in the third as sophomore Mike Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to second on a walk to sophomore Rob Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) and then came home on a run-scoring single from junior Steven Mazzurco (Selden, N.Y.). Binghamton starter Gio Yannuzzi retired the next hitter but Tansey followed by launching a three-run home run over the left-field fence to give SBU a 4-0 lead.
SBU added a run in the fifth as junior Brian Witkowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout and then came home on a balk by Binghamton reliever James Giulietti.
Mazzurco was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior Gary Novakowski (Prosepct, Conn.), junior Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Errigo.