Stony Brook’s baseball team won its ninth straight game en route to taking both games in Saturday’s doubleheader with the Georgetown Hoyas 4-1 and 3-2, but fell behind early on Sunday and could not finish off the sweep, losing 10-1.
In the opening game, the Hoyas got on the board in the top of the first, senior second baseman Robert Chavarria led off the second with a single to right field.
Three batters later, a single up the middle by freshman Andruw Gazzola tied the game at one. From here on out, it was a pitching duel.
After the first, junior lefty Tyler Honahan would throw five scoreless innings, striking out five batters and walking two. Honahan has only allowed five runs in his past five outings.
The Seawolves would go on to break the game open in the ninth and final inning. Sophomore shortstop Jeremy Giles set the pace with a lead-off single and would later come around to score off a Toby Handley single.
Senior catcher Cole Peragine would take first after being hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Chavarria would knock both Handley and Peragine in on a single to right.
Sophomore Cameron Stone went on to throw his third scoreless inning and record one of his three strikeouts to end the game, earning him his first win of the 2015 season.
In the second game, Georgetown would again score first, posting a run in the first inning, but the Seawolves would again answer in the second. In similar fashion, Chavarria would start the inning with a single, but would get picked off during the ensuing bat.
Back-to-back singles by Gazzola and utility man, sophomore Casey Baker, put runners at the corners with one out. Gazzola extended his hitting streak to eight games after recording a hit on Sunday. He then scored on a fielding error by Georgetown’s second baseman and Baker would trot into third base.
Giles knocked Baker home on a sacrifice fly to center, making the score 3-1 Stony Brook.
The Hoyas looked to chip at the lead in fourth, as they scored one run on four hits and a Stony Brook error, putting them within one of the lead.
Peragine began the fifth with a double down the right field line.Handley would single in the next at-bat, and Peragine would score off of another error by Georgetown’s second baseman.
Sophomore left-hander Daniel Zamora started the game, giving up one earned run, striking out one and walking three in 3.1 innings of work. Junior Chad Lee received the win after coming in for relief to post 2.2 scoreless innings.
Freshman lefty Teddy Rodliff notched his fourth save of the year, striking out two in the seventh without giving up a hit or walking a batter.
The third matchup was all Georgetown, preventing the Seawolves from securing the sweep. For the third straight game, the Hoyas knocked in one run in the first inning, but this time, Georgetown found offense in later innings as well.
Sophomore Ryley MacEachern started the game for the Seawolves and struggled, lasting four innings and giving up four runs on six hits while striking out two batters and walking a pair.
In the second inning , Georgetown shortstop Ryan Busch hit a two-run home run to left field, making the score 3-1 Hoyas.
MacEachern would later give up back-to-back extra-base hits to Busch and right fielder substitute Joseph Bialkowski in the fourth, stretching the Georgetown lead to three runs at 4-1.
Junior Tim Knesnik came in for relief in the fifth and was shelled for five runs on six hits, while only recording one out.
After giving up a single, Knesnik gave up a two-run home run coming from the hands of AC Carter.
Busch would continue his impressive afternoon with a double and would later score on a wild pitch to add to the five-run Hoya inning that extended their lead to 9-1, all but putting the game out of reach for the Seawolves.
The Hoyas tacked on another run in the seventh, as Bush homered to left-center. He would go 4-for-4 with two homers and two doubles.
The Seawolves only run came via Peragine, who found his way around the bases after reaching off an error by Georgetown second baseman Charlie Dillon. He scored off of a Chavarria ground out to the pitcher, the second baseman’s second RBI of the weekend series.
Stony Brook travels to New Britain to play a one game series against Central Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon. Afterwards, the crew heads to Albany to play an America East Conference three-game series Saturday and Sunday to cap off its road trip.