Immediate Release: May 5, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stony Brook rides strong pitching to sweep of Binghamton, 3-1
fall short in a pair of pitching duels
Game 2 Box
N.Y. - Junior Gary Novakowski pitched a one-hitter in the opener
and classmate Jonathan Kalkau followed with a four-hitter in
the nightcap as Stony Brook (24-19, 10-4 America East) swept
Binghamton baseball (20-15, 14-4), 3-1 and 2-1, in a America
East Conference action at Varsity Field Saturday afternoon.
Novakowski pitched six and two-third innings of no-hit ball in
the opener. He did not allow an earned run and struck out six
over seven innings of work while holding BU to just three base
runners in the victory. The only hit he surrendered was a double
by senior catcher Pat Haughie (Smithtown,
N.Y.) with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, ending the
right-hander's for a no-hitter.
A Seawolves' throwing error put runners on the corners and brought
the go-ahead run to the plate, but Novakowski settled down and
notched his sixth strikeout to end the game.
Stony Brook opened up the scoring in the firs after a leadoff
single and passed ball moved leadoff man Brian Witkowski into
scoring position for cleanup hitter, Robert Leonard, who plated
the first run of the afternoon with a two-out infield hit.
The Bearcats took advantage of a leadoff walk and a Stony Brook
fielding error to push a run across in the bottom of the fourth
to even the game at 1-1. The Seawolves responded plating a pair
of runs on three hits in the top half of the fifth.
Junior starter Scott Diamond (Guelph,
Ontario) was tagged with the loss for the Bearcats. Diamond allowed
two earned runs on seven hits (all singles) and one walk in seven
In game two, junior third baseman Ryan James
(Wading River, N.Y.) doubled down the third baseline with two-outs
to score teammate Mike Papili (Lancaster,
N.Y.) to stake BU to a 1-0 lead. Papili led off the frame with
a single to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt
by sophomore Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.).
Sophomore starter Jeff Dennis (North
Syracuse, N.Y.) was hitting his spots and cruised into the sixth
inning, before allowing a pair of extra-base hits, a leadoff
triple and a one-out double, that put Stony Brook ahead 2-1.
The Bearcats would threaten in the bottom of the seventh once
again but were unable to take advantage of a pair of walks. Kalkau
allowed four hits and struck out seven to improve to 6-0 on the
season for Stony Brook.
was the hard-luck loser for the Bearcats, suffering his first
loss of the season (3-1) after yielding two runs on five hits
in seven innings.
Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal,
N.Y.) went 1-for-2 with a double.
teams will conclude their four-game set with a nine-inning game
Sunday beginning at noon.