Stony Brook Baseball returned to Joe Nathan Field this weekend, winning their doubleheader bout against Maine Saturday and Sunday. The Seawolves won their games 8-3, 5-3 and 2-0 respectively.
Redshirt-junior pitcher Greg Marino took the mound for the first game, pitching seven innings with 10 strikeouts and allowing only four hits.
“A couple of my pitches got hit hard,” Marino said. “But I was able to find a way to come back in those innings without too much damage being done, and I had a great defense behind me as well.”
The Seawolves offense put on a show as well. Home runs by freshman catcher John Tuccillo and senior second baseman Brandon Janofsky put Stony Brook up 3-0 in the third inning. Maine finally got on board with back-to-back home runs by junior Hernen Sardinas and senior third baseman Danny Casals making it 6-2 at the end of the sixth inning.
Stony Brook kept their offense going the rest of the game scoring two more runs in the eighth inning which led to the 8-3 final.
Junior pitcher Brian Herrmann got the start for game two. Following fellow junior Marino, Herrmann threw for seven innings with six strikeouts and three runs allowed.
Junior shortstop Nick Grande homered in the first and fifth innings to give Stony Brook the edge against Maine in game two. Casals hit a home run in the fourth, but the damage was done. Stony Brook took game two 5-3 to end the day.
Game three on Sunday saw senior pitcher Bret Clarke get the start. Clarke had a good outing, pitching eight innings and holding Maine scoreless with the help of his fielders, improving to 4-0 in the season.
Maine and Stony Brook remained scoreless into the eighth inning until freshman infielder Brad Hipsley bunted, advancing senior right fielder Brandon Alamo in for the first score of the game. The second run was scored from a sacrifice fly by Janofsky which advanced Tuccillo.
“Couldn’t be more pleased by the team’s performance, our starting pitching was extremely well, overall it was terrific, our defense made big catches in the outfield, overall it was great,” head coach Matt Senk said.
The series win improves Stony Brook to 14-8 on the season and an undefeated 6-0 in the America East Conference. Stony Brook will travel to Iona Wednesday, April 3 to play the Gaels at 3 p.m. and will travel to Hartford for a two-game weekend series against the Hawks starting Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m.