Seawolves Get Back To Winning Ways Against St. Francis

Mike Russo homered for the second straight game in the Seawolves 10-2
 
Mike Russo homered for the second straight game in the Seawolves 10-2
 
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Mike Russo homered, Garrett Renner tripled, and both drove in three runs to lead Stony Brook to a 10-2 victory over the St. Francis College Terriers. The non-conference game was contested under clearing skies at Keyspan Park in Coney Island.

The Seawolves wasted no time getting to the Terrier's starting pitcher Ed DeMarche. In one inning of work, DeMarche was tagged for five earned runs on only one hit. After DeMarche allowed the first three Seawolf batters to take base, Russo delivered the hit - a double down the right field line that scored seniors Rich Graham and Garrett Renner. Outfielder Cole Cicatelli would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring sophomore Matt Devins.

Stony Brook would add on five more runs in the second inning, with the highlight coming on a bases-loaded triple by Renner off of reliever Danny MacEwen. The triple gave the Seawolves a 7-0 lead.

Russo and senior Ed Kull would put the exclamation point on the game in the fifth inning, with Russo sending a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall, and Kull following two batters later with a triple to right field. Kull would score on a David Wood groundout.

The Terriers then responded, getting on the board with one run in the sixth inning. Then in the seventh, junior Joe DeSiena launched a pitch over the high wall in left field to cut the margin to seven runs, 9-2.

The offensive spurt by the Seawolves, however, was more than enough for starting pitcher Ryan Claypool. Claypool pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out five, to notch his first win of the year. Freshman Stephen Zydor struck out the side in the eighth inning, before closer Kevin Fitzgerald came on the mound in the ninth to record his second save.

Anthony Giudice was 2-for-4, and Anthony Delfaus was 1-for-3 with a run scored for St. Francis, whose record now drops to 14-16-1. Stony Brook's record improves to 23-12.

The Seawolves improve their overall record to 23-11 and are off Wednesday before heading to South Orange, N.J. to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 start.