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For Immediate Release: May 5, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Stony Brook rides strong pitching to sweep of Binghamton, 3-1 and 2-1
Bearcats fall short in a pair of pitching duels

Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

VESTAL, 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 innings.

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.

Dennis 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.

The teams will conclude their four-game set with a nine-inning game Sunday beginning at noon.

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