#Seawolves club Binghamton, 12-2, to complete three-game sweep

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April 13, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Four members of the Stony Brook baseball team had three-hit days, led by senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), who was 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored as the #Seawolves rocked Binghamton, 12-2, Sunday at Joe Nathan Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Bearcats.

Joining Courtney in the three-hit club were sophomore Jack Parenty, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI, freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), who was 3-for-for with an RBI and sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario), who was  3-for-4 and hit his first collegiate home run.

Stony Brook, which posted season highs in hits (18) and extra-base hits (10), has now won 10 of its last 11 games and 20 of its last 25 to improve to 20-11 overall and 7-1 in America East. The Bearcats slip to 9-18 overall and 4-7 in conference.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"This was a big weekend for us. Binghamton was the defending champs bringing back basically the same team. For us to go out there and not only win the series but also sweep them was a terrific accomplishment. Our hitting has been contagious, and we fed off of Kevin's big home run today. One guy fed off the next, especially in RBI situations. Also, we played stifling defense this week, and that's as big a part of our game as our pitching and hitting."

Turning Point
Stony Brook was trailing Binghamton 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Courtney took care of that problem with one swing of the bat, leading off with a towering right field home run that tied the game. Junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) drew a walk and then scored on Baker's long RBI double to the left-center gap. Baker went on to score on a wild pitch, and freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario), who reached base on a bunt single, scored on a suicide squeeze bunt from senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) The #Seawolves turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead.

Stony Brook pushed ahead for good in the sixth inning. Already leading 6-2, the #Seawolves kept coming as Caputo led off with a homer to left field. Parenty and junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) both doubled, and they both came home on Courtney's opposite field double down the left field line. Peragine singled Courtney home, giving the #Seawolves a 10-2 lead and full control of the game.

The #Seawolves pitching staff delivered another stellar effort, holding Binghamton to five hits and none after the sixth inning. The defense was also impressive, especially from Handley, who robbed Binghamton's Jake Thomas of a home run in the fifth inning and had a great running catch down the right field line in foul territory in the fourth inning.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook delivered a season-high 18 hits, including a season high in extra-base hits with 10. It's the fourth time this season the team has scored 10+ runs in a game.
  • Binghamton had five hits and drew five walks. The team left eight men on base.
  • Four players had three-hit days for Stony Brook. Courtney was 3-for-4 with four RBI, three runs scored and his first home run of the season. Parenty was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Baker was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Caputo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and his first career home run.
  • Courtney now has 28 RBI this season, which leads America East.
  • Eight of Stony Brook's nine starters had at least one hit and all of nine of them scored at least one run.
  • Sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) started on the mound and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out five, earning his fifth victory of the season.
  • Senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) and sophomore Nick Brass (Shirley, N.Y.) combined to pitch three hitless innings of relief.
  • Over the three-game sweep of Binghamton, the #Seawolves hit .346 as a team with 14 extra-base hits.


News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has now won 10 of its last 11 and 20 of its last 25 games.
  • The #Seawolves improve to 14-0 at Joe Nathan Field this season.
  • Stony Brook is in first place in America East, one game ahead of Hartford (6-2).
  • This was Stony Brook's first three-game sweep of Binghamton since May 13-14, 2011.
  • Stony Brook has clinched its 17th consecutive 20-win season.


Up Next
The #Seawolves will play Rhode Island at home in mid-week action Wednesday at Joe Nathan Field. They return to America East play Friday and Saturday with a three-game series at UMass Lowell.