Despite the Seawolves best attempts, they were swept by No. 1 ranked North Carolina on the road this weekend.

The second game of Sunday’s doubleheader was a fierce fight, with the Tar Heels eventually coming back to win, 9-8, with two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Stony Brook trailed 6-2, but bounced back with a six-run eighth inning. Freshman Johnny Caputo and junior Anthony Italiano each contributed two-run doubles, while senior Tanner Nivins added an RBI walk.

The inning ended, however, when Italiano was thrown out at home and junior Michael Hubbard was caught trying to steal second.

North Carolina then hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the ninth to tie and won on a single to left with bases loaded.

The Tar Heels took Sunday’s first game, 7-1, and Saturday’s game, 11-2. The Seawolves hit .183 in the series, with three doubles and 10 RBI.

Italiano was a standout for Stony Brook behind the plate, throwing out NC’s Landon Lassiter twice on Saturday and two more baserunners in Sunday’s first game. He has now thrown out six of nine attempted runners this season.

Stony Brook returns to NC next weekend for the Hughes Bros. Challenge at UNC Wilmington.

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