By Matt Braunstein
The men’s baseball team is currently winding down their season. The Seawolves have come off a 16-5 win against University of Maryland: Baltimore County and look to continue their success for the remainder of the season.
Under coach Matt Senk’s second season coaching, the Seawolves went 29-21. The team had high expectations at the beginning of the 2008 campaign, as they were picked as the America East conference favorite in a pre-season coaches poll. Though they were dominant at times, they also suffered a few losing streaks, the largest of which spanned five games. However, the team also had multiple winning streaks, one of which had a four game streak and another one spanning five games. After finishing yet another winning season, baseball still remains one of Stony Brook University’s better sports programs.
Junior outfielders Brian Witkowski (Lidenhurst, NY) and Steven Mazzurco (Selden, NY) share the team’s highest batting average, batting .373 and with 57 hits apiece for this season. Coincidentally, the two players also share 28 RBIs. Sophomore catcher Michael Stephen (Patchouge, NY) led the team in homeruns with 10 and RBIs with 33. Senior Tom Koehler (New Rochelle, NY) was the highest winning Stony Brook pitcher with a 6-3 record, leading the team with an ERA of 3.39 and pitching 77 innings earning 88 strikeouts. Leaving the team are Koehler and senior pitcher Gary Novakowski (Prospect, CT)
The men’s team will finish up their season later this week facing Albany and is currently tied for first with Binghamton University in the American East Conference standings. Stony Brook is 13-7 in conference play and has their conference championships running from May 22 to May 25.
Editors Note: Since the printing of this article, the Men’s Baseball went on to win the American East Conference Championship. The Men’s baseball team would go onto playing in the NCAA tournament where they lost to Arizona State University (9-7) and Vanderbilt (9-4).