Baseball Romps Past Northeastern 15-6 in First Round of America East Championship
May 27, 2004
Orono, Maine - The Stony Brook baseball team thrashed America East Pitcher of the Year Jordan Thomson for eight runs in the first two-plus innings en route to 10 runs through the first three innings and a 15-6 victory over the top-seed Northeastern Huskies in the opening game of the double-elimination America East Championship on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, Stony Brook improves to 27-25 overall and advances to the winner's bracket game tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., where they will face the winner of the game between No. 2 Maine and No. 3 Albany.
The fourth seeded Seawolves pounced on Northeastern, shell-shocking Thomson with four straight hits, including two home runs, to start the America East Championship. Andrew Larsen led off the tournament with a towering home run to left field on an 0-1 pitch to start the Seawolves outburst. Stony Brook was not content with the single run as Matt Devins stepped to the plate and promptly smacked a ringing double down the left field line before an Isidro Fortuna single brought him home to give the visiting Seawolves at 2-0 advantage. Nick Theoharis completed the opening frame with a no doubt two-run shot over the scoreboard in left to spot SB starter Kevin Fitzgerald with a 4-0 lead before taking the mound.
First team all-conference selection Jeff Heriot answered with a long ball of his own in the bottom of the inning, a two-out solo blast to dead center to put Northeastern on the board, 4-1, after an inning of play.
The ball kept flying out of the yard in the second inning as Stephen Didsbury led off the inning with his third home run of the season, a blast to right that put the Seawolves on top 5-1. Stony Brook kept the hit parade going as Larsen singled off the third base bag and Devins followed with a single before both advanced a base on a flyout by Fortuna. Larsen came home on a wild pitch by Thomson and Devins was plated on a sacrifice fly by Theoharis to give the Seawolves a commanding 7-1 lead after two innings of play.
Dave Mischo led off the third with an double down the right field line to chase Thomson from the game before Cole Cicatelli greeted reliever Jim Madison with a Texas-leaguer over shortstop and Chris Sipp followed with an opposite field single to plate Mischo and up the Seawolves lead to 8-1. Cicatelli went from first to third on Sipp's single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Didsbury to put Stony Brook on top 9-1 before Devins capped the scoring in the inning with a double to the left field gap to score Sipp.
Northeastern strung together three straight two-out singles to plate a run in the third and Heriot and Miguel Paquette hit back-to-back solo home runs to cut the deficit to 10-4 in the fifth, but the Seawolves answered in the top of the sixth as Theoharis left the yard for the second time in the game, a two-run blast, and Dave Mischo added a two-run shot of his own to up the SB lead to 14-4.
Northeastern added a run in the eighth before Larsen closed out the Seawolves scoring with an RBI single in the top of the ninth. The Huskies scored once and loaded the bases in the ninth, but Paul Carufe came in to strike out the final two NU batters and give the Seawolves a 15-6 victory.
"I was extremely proud of the way we came out and executed today," said head coach Matt Senk. "We did exactly what we prepared to do in order to beat the number one seed in the tournament and the conference's pitcher of the year."
Theoharis led the Stony Brook attack with two home runs and five RBI as every SB starter tallied at least one hit and scored at least once. The Seawolves set a new season high with 20 hits and tied a season best with five home runs. Fitzgerald (7-2) went six-plus innings to earn the win, striking out a career-high 10 batters while walking just one.
Heriot led Northeastern offensively, going 3-for-5 with two roundtrippers, three runs and two RBI. Thomson fell to 8-4 with the loss.
The Seawolves will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 when they face the winner of the No. 2 Maine vs. No. 3 Albany contest that takes place later today.