May 25, 2014
Lowell, Mass. - The Stony Brook baseball team will have to wait another day for a chance at its fifth America East Championship title as the #Seawolves lost a tight contest to Binghamton, 4-3, Saturday night at LeLacheur Park. The loss sets up a winner-take-all game between the two teams Sunday at noon.
Stony Brook slips to 35-17 after losing its first game of the tournament. Binghamton, which defeated Hartford earlier in the day to stave off elimination, improves to 24-25 and keeps its hopes of repeating as champions alive.
Stony Brook and Binghamton were tied 1-1 in the seventh inning when the Bearcats rallied for a key run. John Howell singled, stole second and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Zach Blanden then brought Howell home when he hit a hard grounder to first base that Courtney was able to stop but not handle cleanly. The infield single gave the Bearcats the 2-1 advantage.
Stony Brook answered back in the bottom half of the seventh when junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit an opposite field double down the right field line that scored sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) to make it 2-2. The #Seawolves only had one out with Krause on second, but senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) lined out to shortstop, and Krause was doubled off on the play while trying to retreat back.
But Binghamton responded in the eighth inning to take the lead for good. After a leadoff single, Binghamton's Jake Thomas attempted a sacrifice bunt. Senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) fielded the ball cleanly, but threw the ball away, allowing Daniel Nevares to reach third base. Nevares then scored when Shaun McGraw hit a sacrifice fly to deep center.
Stony Brook tied it back up in the bottom of the eighth. With runners on first on second, senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) came up clutch with a single to center that brought home freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), who slid underneath the catcher's tag for the run.
Binghamton then scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth. After a walk and an errant pickoff throw put a Bearcats runner on second, Nevares hit an infield single to put runners on the corners. Thomas then hit a line drive up the middle for an RBI single.
The #Seawolves threatened in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on first and second with one out. Baker hit a soft liner to third base. Reed Gamache grabbed the ball and threw to second base. Binghamton thought that Gamache caught the ball on a fly and doubled off Krause on second. The #Seawolves thought that Gamache trapped the ball and it was only a fielder's choice. The umpires ultimately decided Gamache caught the ball on a fly, ending the game.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook had eight hits and drew five walks. The team left 12 men on base.
- Binghamton had eight hits and drew seven walks, leaving 10 men on base.
- Krause, Mason and senior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) had multi-hit games for Stony brook.
- Krause, Italiano and Mason drove in the only runs.
- Sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) started for the #Seawolves and pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked five and struck out three.
- Tatelman and freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) each pitched one inning and gave up an unearned run. Stone took the loss despite also getting two strikeouts.
- Stony Brook will play the "if necessary" game of the America East Championship for just the second time in program history, but first time when coming out of the winner's bracket. The #Seawolves came out of the loser's bracket in 2003 to force an extra game with Northeastern.
Stony Brook and Binghamton will play one more time with the winner taking the America East Championship crown and the NCAA Tournament bid. First pitch will be at noon live on AmericaEast.TV.