On Sunday afternoon, the Stony Brook baseball team opened the home portion of its 2015 schedule with a doubleheader against the Fordham Rams (2-9), which was “off-limits” to the public due to hazardous conditions surrounding the field.
The Seawolves would go on to take the opening contest by a final score of 6-1 before dropping the back-end of the doubleheader, 9-6.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Seawolves cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Rams on the back of their ace, Tyler Honahan. The left-hander would toss six innings of three-hit, one-run ball en route to his second victory of the year.
The Rams struck first in the top of the third inning, but the Seawolves’ bats would awake almost immediately. Senior second baseman Robert Chavarria delivered with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the frame, knocking in two runners with a hit to the opposite field.
Also driving in a run in the third with a base hit was senior catcher Cole Peragine, who finished the first game going 3-for-4.
With 11 hits in total, eight of the nine Seawolves in the starting lineup got a knock. The lone man not to—sophomore outfielder Casey Baker—contributed with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, giving Stony Brook its sixth and final run.
Slamming the door for Stony Brook in the opener was junior right-hander Tim Knesnik. In three innings of work, he struck out four and allowed three hits, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced.
For as lights out as the pitching was in the early game, it was all the more porous the second time around. Getting the start was sophomore right-hander Ryley MacEachern, who, after allowing two runs on two walks and two hits in the first inning, would not return to the mound.
The deuce the Rams put up in the first inning was quickly erased by junior outfielder Jack Parenty, who knotted the game back up at two with a two-out, bases loaded, two-RBI single in the bottom of the second. Parenty would finish the second contest 4-for-5 with three RBIs to go along with his hit in the opener, giving him a 5-for-9 afternoon in total.
Serving the role of long man in the bullpen, sophomore left-hander Daniel Zamora tossed 4.2 innings of work, while allowing seven hits, six runs (five of which were earned) and two walks, while striking out three.
Coming off a multi-hit performance his last time out, freshman Malcolm Nachmanoff had another banner afternoon, driving in a run and reaching base three of his four times to the plate.
The Seawolves would rally for three runs in the bottom half of the ninth, but ultimately fall short in the end.
Next up for SBU will be a doubleheader on Saturday March 14, at home against Binghamton.