Baseball Earns Berth to America East Championships
May 22, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Jon Lewis tossed a complete game two-hitter to lift the Stony Brook baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Binghamton in Game 1 of a double header on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The win clinched the fourth and final playoff berth for the Seawolves in next weekend's America East Championships in Orono, Maine. Stony Brook dropped Game 2, 16-3, and completed the regular season with a 26-25 record overall, 11-10 in the America East. Binghamton finished its season 22-21, 9-11.
Stony Brook wasted no time getting on the board in the opener as Andrew Larsen led off the game with a double down the line and took third when left fielder Joe Costello's throw sailed all the way to the foul territory behind first base. Matt Devins pushed the run across with a ground out to the right side to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead just two batters into the inning.
That would prove to be all that Lewis would need as he allowed just two hits while striking out five en route to his fifth straight complete game. Lewis outdeuled Binghamton starter Zach Groh (4-3), who threw a two-hitter of his own, to improve to 6-6 this season.
The Seawolves tacked on the second run in the third inning as Chris Sipp drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Stephen Didsbury before Larsen stroked his second double of the afternoon, a shot off the left field wall, to plate Sipp and give SB a 2-0 advantage.
Larsen tallied the only two hits in the opener for the Seawolves, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored. With his seven innings pitched, Lewis is now the all-time Stony Brook leader with 238.0 innings pitched in his career.
Binghamton plated a run in the top of the first inning in Game 2 as Keith Ford led off with a single and stole second and third base before being driven home by a sacrifice fly by Jay Balback. The Bearcats tacked on three runs in the third inning when Jamie Boyer drove in two runs with a bases loaded single and Matt Caputo plated a run with a fielder's choice to up the Binghamton lead to 4-0.
Will Brumfield plated Robert Leonard, who singled earlier in the inning, to pull Stony Brook within 4-1 at the end of three innings before Jay Balback answered in the top of the next frame with his league-leading 14th home run, a solo shot, to push Binghamton's lead back up to four runs, 5-1.
Binghamton batted around to blow the game open in the fifth inning, tacking on five runs on RBI singles by Jamie Boyer, Brendon Hitchcock and Balback and two Stony Brook errors. After the Bearcats added three more runs in the sixth, Jon Pasieka plated two runs with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh before Binghamton scored a run in the eighth and Kowalchuk capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the ninth for the 16-3 final.
Robert Leonard and Didsbury each had two hits and a run scored in the nightcap to lead the Seawolves. Jay Balback led the Binghamton onslaught that saw 18 hits and three players with three hits apiece in Game 2, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Andy Hutching (1-4) earned the win on the mound, allowing one run while striking out three in 5.0 innings of work.
Stony Brook will be the No. 4 seed in next weekend's America East Championships held in Orono, Maine from May 27-29. The Seawolves will face No.1 seed Northeastern on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., while No. 2 Maine will face No. 3 Albany at 7 p.m. All Stony Brook games can be heard on Seawolves Radio, WUSB 90.1.