After falling to the USC Upstate Spartans 8-6 on Feb. 21, the Stony Brook Seawolves (1-5) went into Waco, Texas to play the Baylor Bears (4-3) at Baylor Ballpark in a three-day series. It was certainly not a pleasant weekend for the Seawolves, as they were swept and outscored 42-11 in the three-game series.
It was complete annihilation by the Bears. Baylor dominated the first game with a 16-2 win. The second game, Baylor dismantled SBU 20-4. In the final game on Sunday, Stony Brook would be haunted by yet another late game home run in a 6-5 loss. SBU never led once throughout the 27 innings.
After a disappointing weekend, Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said that the team “will learn from it and make sure it will help them become a better team” this season.
Having earned their only win against Dayton in their season opener, senior pitcher Tyler Honahan earned his first loss of the season in the first game at Baylor Ballpark. He gave up eight earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Stony Brook used four relievers in the game including sophomores Cole Creighton, Nick Dieva, junior Joseph Guercio and freshman Joe Baran.
Baylor got 16 runs on 14 hits in the first game with seven different players recording RBIs in game one.
In game two, Baylor scored 20 runs on an even 20 hits with, again, seven different players scoring RBIs. Redshirt freshman right fielder Richard Cunningham led the team with eight RBIs. Junior Darryn Sheppard contributed with six RBIs in the second game. Those two players combined for 14 combined RBIs in one game, which is more runs then SBU scored in the three games combined.
Junior left-handed pitcher Daniel Castano got the start and the win. He struck out five, and only let up three hits with no runs allowed in six innings. He got his first win of the season.
SBU had seven hits in the second game with one hit each from seven different players, which was not not even close to getting it done. Sophomore catcher Drew Bene led the team with two RBI’s on a single to center. In those two games alone, Stony Brook was outscored by Baylor 36-6.
Junior pitcher Cameron Stone got his first loss of the season. He gave up four runs on four hits in three innings pitched. Who came on relief was senior Tim Knesnik, who just kept pouring salt on the wound. he let up five runs on six hits in just two innings. Pitching, mostly the bullpen, is an early concern for this Stony Brook team this season.
Baylor junior pitcher Drew Tolson had a terrific performance in the second game and earned his first win of the season. The hometown kid from Houston, Texas gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings pitched.
In the final game of the series, Stony Brook kept the game close and actually had the game tied late. SBU allowed a home run with two outs late in the game that gave Baylor the lead from pinch-hitter senior West Tunnell in the bottom of the eighth inning. This play gave Baylor a 6-5 win to complete the three-game sweep.
SBU junior pitcher Connor Doyle started but got a no-decision. He let up five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Senior Chad Lee came in for relief and got his second loss of the season. Dropping its last five games, SBU has allowed 56 runs during that span to the opposing team, which averages over eleven a game.
Stony Brook’s first home takes place on March 1 against NYIT (2-1) at 3:00 p.m.