Seawolves Crowned America East Champions
May 29, 2004
Orono, Maine - A two-out eighth inning rally broke a 1-1 tie as the Stony Brook baseball team defeated the University of Maine 3-1 on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond to claim its first ever America East Championship and a berth the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Matt Restivo was masterful on the mound throwing his first complete game of the season to solidify the win for the Seawolves, whose record stands at 29-25 this season.
Maine took a 1-0 lead without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the first inning of as Simon Williams was hit by a pitch to leadoff the game and was eventually plated on a Greg Creek sacrifice fly to center. Stony Brook bounced back in the top of the second to tie the game at one apiece, putting together two-out lightning as Dave Mischo and Cole Cicatelli drew walks and Mischo came around to score on a single to right by Chris Sipp.
The score remained deadlocked, 1-1, until the top of the eighth as the Seawolves mounted a two-out rally to score a pair of runs and take the lead. Matt Devins drew a walk before Isidro Fortuna followed with an excuse-me single through the right side to put runners on first and second base. Nick Theoharis came to the plate and singled off Maine third baseman Mark Reichley's glove, scoring Devins as the ball deflected into short left field. Kevin Solano followed with a stinging double down the left field line to plate Fortuna and give the Seawolves a 3-1 lead with six outs to go.
Maine mounted a rally in the ninth but Restivo induced a flyout by Simon Williams to strand runners at first and second base and end the ballgame to give the Seawolves their first ever America East Championship and a bid to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Restivo (2-2) dominated all game, throwing his first complete game of the season while striking out a career-high ten batters and allowing just four hits. The southpaw threw no-hit ball through the first five and two-thirds innings until Black Bears designated hitter Matt McGraw broke his bid up with single to left field.
Isidro Fortuna was named the championship's most outstanding player, going 7-for-13 (.538 BA) with a double, two RBI, four runs scored. Fortuna was joined on the all-tournament team by Restivo, first baseman Mischo, second baseman Sipp, third baseman Theoharis, shortstop Devins and outfielder Andrew Larsen.
The Seawolves will learn where they will be headed in the NCAA Regionals on Monday at noon and will take the field on Friday.