Stony Brook Takes Both Games of America East Doubleheader from UMBC

Jason Allinder went 2-for-5 on Saturday
Jason Allinder went 2-for-5 on Saturday
 

BALTIMORE – UMBC junior catcher Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC picked up a hit in each game to extend his team-best hit streak to six games but visiting Stony Brook took both games of the doubleheader against UMBC, Saturday afternoon at the Baseball Factory Field.  The Seawolves shut out the Retrievers 5-0 in game one before taking game two as well, 13-6.

Allinder went 1-for-3 in the opener and then 1-for-4 in the second game to extend his hit streak and record at least one base hit in 11 of the last 13 games.

In game one, Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson (6-1) was in command from the start, limiting the Retrievers to just four hits while not allowing any runs in a seven-inning complete game effort.

Senior Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) (0-8) was a tough luck loser for UMBC also pitching a complete game, yielding just two earned runs on eight hits.

After two scoreless innings Stony Brook made the breakthrough with three unearned runs in the top of the third, the first coming when Travis Jankowski scored on an error on a fly ball to short left field.  Jankowski extended the Seawolves' lead to four with a solo homerun to lead off the fifth. He finished up the scoring in the seventh, scoring on a single by Pat Cantwell to push the lead to 5-0.

Stony Brook continued to swing the bats well in game two jumping out to a 5-0 lead after four innings against UMBC starter Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson).  Gill took the loss for the Retrievers after surrendering eight runs on 12 hits in five innings.

The hosts fought back and pulled within three in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run double to straight away center by sophomore D.J. Smith (Millersville, Md./Old Mill).

Stony Brook answered right back with three runs of its own in the top of the sixth, but UMBC scored four in the bottom half to close the gap to two, 8-6. 

Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) started the inning with a single through the left side and came around the score, along with senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) on a single by senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep). Freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) then lined a single to center to knock out starter Brandon McNitt and bring around Allinder who had reached on a single through the right side.  Gatto finished the scoring in the inning by racing home on a passed ball.

Despite giving up six runs on six hits, McNitt (6-1) picked up the win for Stony Brook.  The righty also struck out four batters while issuing two walks.  James Campbell earned his first save of the season after pitching four scoreless innings to complete the game.

The Seawolves continued to hit however, scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to build their seven-run lead, 13-6.

Jankowski paced the Stony Brook lineup throughout the day going 5-for- 8 with a homerun and two triple while knocking in four runs.

UMBC and Stony Brook conclude the three-game series with a single game tomorrow.  Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-           The Retrievers were held to just four hits in game one snapping their streak of 30 straight games with at least five hits.

-          Steve Miller struck out five batters in game one while Matt Siggins struck out two and Kevin Ladner K'd one batter to extend UMBC's streak to 54 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.

-          UMBC's six runs in game two gives the squad their 16th game this season with five or more runs.  The Retrievers scored five or more 17 times last season.