Baseball knocks off Rhode Island, 6-4
April 20, 2011
Kington, R.I. - Senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and the Stony Brook baseball team jumped to a 6-0 lead before holding on for a 6-4 victory over the Rhode Island Rams on Wednesday at Bill Beck Field. The Seawolves have won five of their last six and are now 23-9.
Junior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) added three hits in four at-bats while sophomore William Carmona (West Islip, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore southpaw G.C. Yerry (West Shokan, N.Y.) tossed 1.1 innings of relief to earn the win.
Stony Brook jumped to a 1-0 lead with a run in the second. Sophomore Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) doubled to lead off, moved to third a fly to center from sophomore Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and then scored on a wild pitch from URI starter Brian Bodjiak.
The Seawolves exploded for four runs in the third to make it 5-0. Carmona and Marino knocked in the first two runs with run-scoring doubles and sophomore Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) then scored on a passed ball.
Nivins drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center. SBU tacked on a run in the fifth on another RBI double from Marino. Rhode Island got on the board in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch from freshman Frankie Vanderka (Levvitown, N.Y.).
URI added three more runs in the sixth highlighted by a two-out two-run single from Milan Adams. But the Seawolves bullpen shut down the Ram offense from there. After coming on in the sixth, sophomore Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) tossed a scoreless seventh.
Sophomore right-hander James Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) entered to begin the eighth and allowed a one-out single to Kenny Burns. But he then got Pat Fortunato to ground into an 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Campbell stayed on to pitch the ninth and retired the side in order to earn his first save. Vanderka started for the Seawolves and allowed one run on four hits in 4.1 innings.
The Seawolves return to action on Friday, traveling to UMBC for the beginning of a three-game series.