Baseball rallies past Columbia for doubleheader sweep
March 23, 2012
New York, N.Y. - Senior Sal Intagliata drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth as the Stony Brook baseball team rallied from a 10-4 deficit to defeat the Columbia Lions, 11-10, and complete a doubleheader sweep of the Lions on Friday afternoon. The Seawolves won the opener, 6-5.
Junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the second game after collecting two hits in the openers. The Seawolves (14-6) have won five straight and eight of their last nine.
Sophomore Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) tossed 3.0 innings to earn the victory in game two after picking up the save in the opener. Sophomore right-hander Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings to pick up the victory in the first game.
The Seawolves jumped to a 4-1 lead in the second game but the Lions scored six runs in the fifth and then added three more in the sixth to take the 10-4 lead.
Stony Brook answered back with three runs in the seven on a RBI double from freshmen Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) and a two-run homer from Tissenbaum. SBU added three more runs in the eighth, tying the game at 10 on two-out RBI single from Tissenbaum.
Mason retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth and Nivins then reached first with one out. Nivins reached second on a groundout to short from freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) before scoring on Intagliata's single to left.
Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) relieved Mason to start the ninth and pitched around a one-out walk to seal the victory for the Seawolves.
The Seawolves jumped to an early lead in the opener, scoring two runs in the first on a two-run double from Krause. SBU added a run in the third on an RBI single from sophomore Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.).
Nivins pushed the Stony Brook lead to 5-0 in the third with a two-run single. Columbia slowly chipped away though, cutting the SBU lead to 6-2 following an RBI single from Alex Black in the sixth.
The Lions then got within 6-4 in the seventh on a one-out two-run single from Daria Pizzano off SBU junior left-hander G.C. Yerry (West Shokan, N.Y.). Columbia then loaded the bases with still only one out.
Mason got Billy Rumpke to ground into a fielder's choice for the second out but a run came home on the play to bring the Lions within a run with runners now on first and third.
Mason got Aaron Silbar to line out to center though for the final out of the game.
The Seawolves return to action on Sunday, traveling to Holy Cross for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.