Baseball Finishes Off Hartford
May 2, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Andrew Larsen cracked a three-run home run to give the Stony Brook baseball team a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning, and the Seawolves held on for a 6-5 victory to complete a three-game sweep of Hartford on a soggy Sunday afternoon at University Field. Stony Brook improves to 20-19 overall, 6-6 in the America East, while Hartford falls to 9-25, 3-9.
Hartford opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Brian Eck plated Matt Denorfia with a two-out single to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. The Seawolves would answer in the bottom of the second inning as Will Brumfield walked and Dave Mischo hit a two-run shot to straight away center field to give Stony Brook a 2-1 lead.
Hartford bounced back in the top of the third as Eck struck again, plating Denorfia with his second RBI single of the afternoon to tie the game 2-2. Stony Brook jumped back on top in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Cole Cicatelli, scoring Larsen, who led off the inning with a walk.
Brumfield opened the bottom of the fourth with an infield single and Isidro Fortuna drew a walk before Larsen hit a three-run shot blast over the left field wall to give the Seawolves a 6-2 lead.
The score remained 6-2 until the eighth when Hartford chipped away at the lead on an RBI single by Josh Topp to pull the Hawks within three runs at 6-3. Ron Acabbo made things interesting in the top of the ninth, drawing Hartford within a run, 6-5, with a two-out, two-run opposite field blast over the wall in left, but Kris Bakey got Mike Ciccetti to groundout to end the ballgame and record his second save of the season.
Nick Abel (2-1) earned the win for Stony Brook, allowing just two hits and one unearned run while striking out four in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. Larsen was 1-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, while Devins went 2-for-4 and Mischo drove in two runs.
Eck went 2-for-4 to lead Hartford at the plate, while Acabbo drove in two runs in the loss.
The Seawolves are back in action on Tuesday when they host Hofstra at 3:30 p.m.