March 14, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) drove in three runs, including a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, to lift the Stony Brook baseball team to a 6-5, comeback victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday at a windy Joe Nathan Field.
All three of Italiano's RBI proved to be clutch for the Seawolves. He hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete a four-run comeback as the Seawolves tied the game at 5-5.
Then in the 10th inning with runners on first and second and a 2-2 count, Italiano, who had four hits on the day, stroked a single through the left side that scored freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) and sent the Seawolves to victory.
Stony Brook has now won five of its last six games.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Today was a great comeback win by the team. Anthony Italiano's last two at-bats really lifted us. He had the big hit to tie the game and then the big hit to win it. It was a good way to go into conference play this weekend."
Although Italiano won it in the 10th for Stony Brook, the turning point proved to be in the eighth with the Seawolves down 5-1 as freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) and senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) opened the inning with a base hit and walk, respectively. After an error loaded the bases, Stony Brook scored on a Shives fielder's choice and then scored again on junior Michael Hubbard's RBI single to right center.
Hubbard stole second and that set the stage for Italiano to smash a single through the left side that scored Shives and Hubbard to tie the game.
The Knights threatened in the ninth by loading the bases, but senior G.C. Yerry (West Shokan, N.Y.) got No. 3 hitter Kyle Weeks to hit into a fielder's choice, sending the game into extra innings, where Italiano came up with the heroics.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook banged out a season-high 13 hits, all singles.
- Italiano had a career-high four hits to go with a career-high three RBI.
- Parenty and Hubbard also recorded multi-hit days, each going 2-for-4.
- Hubbard stole two bases, his third and fourth of the season.
- Shives and Nivins each scored two runs.
- All nine of SB's hitters reached base today.
- Junior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) started the game and pitched two innings, giving up one run on two hits.
- Yerry pitched the final 2-1/3 innings and didn't allow a run while giving one hit. He walked three and struck out two and earned the victory.
- Stony Brook (5-10) has won five of its last six games after starting the season 0-9.
- This was Stony Brook's first comeback win of the season.
- The Seawolves have won six straight over Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Seawolves now will open conference play this weekend as it chases another America East championship. Stony Brook hosts Maine for a three-game series at Joe Nathan Field. The two teams will play a noon doubleheader on Saturday and then play a single game Sunday at noon.