Stony Brook Rallies to Take Series from UMBC with 7-5 Win in 10 Innings

Freshman Denis Mikush
Freshman Denis Mikush

BALTIMORE – Five different Retrievers recorded multi-hit games, but Stony Brook rallied to tie the game at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the seventh and scored two more in the tenth to defeat the UMBC Baseball team, 7-5, in ten innings, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Reliever Tim Knesnik (4-1) threw five scoreless innings for Stony Brook (20-29, 11-13 AE) to record the win while Josh Mason came on in the bottom of the tenth to record the save after playing the first nine plus innings in center.

Junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) took the loss for the Retrievers (12-27, 6-18 AE) after giving up three runs over the course of 3.1 innings of work.  Cohn (3-4), who was working for the second-straight day, struck out three and walked one.

The hosts got to Stony Brook starter Daniel Zamora right away, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first.  Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) got things going immediately with a single through the right ride.  Sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) followed with a bunt single and both runners advanced on a wild throw to first.  Down in the count 0-2, freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) became the third straight Retriever to reach, lining a single to right to plate McCabe.  Lachance and Barnes then executed a double-steal to push the lead to 2-0.  After a strikeout, senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) got in on the act, doubling to right-center to plate Lachance.  Junior D.J. Smith (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) capped the rally by shooting a single to right to bring Allinder around.

 The Seawolves look to answer right back against UMBC starter Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson), but the freshman picked off Anthony Italiano at second to cut the rally short.

The visitors did finally get on the board in the fourth as designated hitter Kevin Krause hit an RBI-ground out to make the score 4-1.

Two innings later, the Retrievers restored their four-run lead, but had to settle for just one run despite loading the bases with none out.  Barnes led off with an infield single and moved to second on an errant throw.  Lachance followed by yanking a single to left and junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) made it back-to-back hits by slapping a single through a drawn-in infield.  Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) then walked to load the bases, but two strike outs and a liner to left ended the threat.

Stony Brook made the most of the opportunity and drew back within two at 5-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth.  After UMBC went down in order, the visitors tied the game with another two runs in the top of the seventh.  Italiano singled in the sixth and doubled in the seventh to help spark the rally.

Cohn worked his way out of a jam in the ninth, giving his teammates a chance for the walk-off win in the bottom half. Freshman Mark Espostio (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) and McCabe reached on two straight infield singles to lead off the inning.  An unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt cut Esposito down at third before a liner to right and grounder to first sent the game to extras.

In the tenth, Brett Tenuto started the inning with a single to right and moved to third on a single by Mason.  Jack Parenty then snapped the tie by roping a double down the right-field line.

The Retrievers looked poised to knot things up again in the bottom portion as Gatto singled up the middle to start the inning.  An Allinder infield single put runners two on, but Mason then entered and recorded a strikeout and ground out, the second of which moved the runners up a base. Sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) drew a full-count walk to load the sacks, but Mason caught a popup back to him to close out the game.

UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, closing out the five-game home stand with a single game against in-state rival UMES.  The Retrievers then take on Coppin State at Joe Cannon Stadium on Thursday before hosting Hartford next weekend.

DAWG BITES

-          Stony Brook wins the season series 4-2 and now leads the all-time series 39-9.

-          UMBC's two wins against the Seawolves this season are the most since going 2-3 in 2008.

-          The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook 2-1 in 10 innings on Mar. 29.

-          Lachance and McCabe each collected two hits to earned their team-leading 11th multiple-hit games of the spring.

-          UMBC is now 2-3 in extra innings games in 2013.

-          The Retrievers played error-free baseball for the 12th this season, doubling their total from the 2012 season.