Release: May 24, 2008
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. Second-seeded Stony Brook (34-24) erupted for four runs in the fourth inning and cruised to a 6-0 win over top-seeded Binghamton (29-27) to capture the America East championship Saturday night from Farmingdale State College. The Seawolves also edged BU 1-0 Friday night, and went 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament. After winning the program's second consecutive regular-season crown, Binghamton finished runnerup for the second straight year.
Senior Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) cruised through the first three innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit. But Stony Brook struck for four runs in the top of the fourth inning - the big blow being a two-out, three-run home run by Michael Tansey. Yannuzzi struggled with his control after recording the first out of the inning, hitting a batter and then walking the next before Stephen Mazzurco hit an RBI single to left field. Tansey then sent a 2-0 offering high over the left field wall.
In the fifth inning, the Seawolves added another run on a double, sacrifice bunt and a two-out balk call. Stony Brook closed out the scoring with a single run in the ninth.
That was plenty for Stony Brook starter Mike Errigo, who scattered five hits in a complete-game win. In three tournament games, the Seawolves allowed only three runs, and pitched 20 scoreless innings (out of 21).
Junior Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 to lead the Bearcats.
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