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STONY BROOK TAKES FIRST TWO GAMES OF WEEKEND SERIES WITH UMBC BASEBALL, 5-4 (10), 9-3
Head Coach John Jancuska's Retrievers will look to bounce back against Stony Brook on Sunday at 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. – The Stony Brook Seawolves (12-15, 2-0 America East) won both games of Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader with host UMBC (6-15, 0-2 AE) in both schools America East Conference openers at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Seawolves rallied for a 5-4 10 inning win in game one and scored eight runs in the final three innings to win 9-3 in game two.
Retriever starter Jon Pavlis led UMBC into the eighth inning of game one with a 4-1 lead. Pavlis, however, after recording two outs in the inning, gave up his only earned runs of the game as four consecutive singles led to two Seawolves’ runs. Isidro Fortuna singled to shortstop scoring the first run and Nick Theoharis singled to third base allowing the second run to cross the plate.
Blake Phipps entered the game for UMBC, getting a groundout to end the inning. In the top of the ninth with UMBC in the lead 4-3, Will Brumfield on Phipps’ first pitch, hit a homerun over the left centerfield wall to tie the game 4-4. The Seawolves would win the game in the 10th as Andrew Larsen doubled to left centerfield to lead off the inning. Larsen moved to third on a balk by Phipps and scored on an infield single by Fortuna.
UMBC scored in the first, fourth and fifth innings of the game. Two errors in the first allowed lead-off hitter Brian Moran to score UMBC’s first run of the game. Zack Clark led off the fourth with a single and was driven in by Moran with an RBI single. In the fifth Mike Scheffel led off the inning with a single and scored on an Alex Laddbush double. Laddbush would score latter in the inning on a single by Tom Rinaldi.
Pavlis went 7.2 innings allowing nine hits, three runs, two earned runs with one strikeout and no walks. Phipps took the loss going 2.1 innings allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Phipps falls to 2-2 on the year.
Jon Lewis started for Stony Brook, going 8.0 innings allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned. Lewis struck out 10 Retriever batters and walked one. Nick Abel took the win to improve to 1-3, going the final 2.0 innings with one hit allowed and one strikeout.
In game two UMBC tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning as a lead-off single by Laddbush, walk to Rinaldi and a sacrifice bunt by Joe Fowler put runners at second and third. Laddbush would score as Mark Lemon reached on an error by the Seawolves second basemen.
Stony Brook responded as they scored eight runs in the final three innings, including three in the top of the fifth and four in the top of the seventh. In the fifth Matt Devins, with two aboard and Kyle Wildasin just entering the game to pitch, replacing Zach Clark, hit a three-run homerun down the left field line. The Seawolves tallied one in the sixth and used five hits and a Retriever error in the seventh to score four more.
Starter Brian Murtagh captured the win to move to 3-2 for Stony Brook. Murtagh went 4.0 innings allowing two hits and two runs scored. The Seawolves in game two scattered 15 hits through seven innings. Zach Clark for UMBC took the loss, 0-3, allowing three earned runs and seven hits in 4.0 innings.
Stony Brook and UMBC will complete the three-game series at 12 p.m. on Sunday.