By Najib Aminy
The Stony Brook Men’s Baseball team fell to Hartford, losing two straight in a double-header on Saturday, April 12 and falling 0-3 in the series. The Seawolves lost 5-3 in game one and trailed 6-1 in the second. Having lost three straight games, the Seawolves’ record is 15-14, flirting above .500 and is 4-3 in conference play. Hartford bounced up to 12-14 and 6-1 in conference play.
Game one of the double header proved to be a close contest as Stony Brook had control of the lead with a score of 3-1 at the bottom of the third. Hartford fought back, tying the game up at the top of fourth inning, eventually leading 5-3 at the top of the seventh. Despite Junior centerfielder Michael Tansey’s (Valley Stream, NY) three hits, two runs and one RBI, the Seawolves fell short, losing their second game to Hartford in the series. Senior Gary Novakowski (Prospect, CT) recorded the loss, tainting his record to 4-2 for the season. Novakowski allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings of play.
The second game of the double-header was not much different. For Stony Brook, nearly every at bat was a pop out or a grounder resulting in an out. Though having seven hits in the game, the Seawolves left runners on base nine times throughout the game, and were thus unable to produce any runs. Hartford led 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth until Tansey hit an RBI single, allowing Freshman second baseman Chad Marshall (Paris, ON) a run to prevent the shutout.
Stony Brook Sophomore pitcher Matt Harloff (Valley Stream, NY) recorded his second loss of the season—now at 0-2—allowing five runs and six hits in three innings of play. Hartford pitcher Peter Moraski recorded the win pitching in all seven innings and only allowing one run, boosting his record to 2-1 for the season.
The men’s baseball team will travel for the next couple weeks, facing Hofstra, Vermont, Maine and finally coming back home against Fairfield on Wednesday, April 30.