The Seawolves (1-1) comfortably ran through six and a half innings with a 6-3 lead over the Wofford Terriers (2-0), before Wofford exploded for six runs in the seventh which was just enough to seal their victory.
“All losses are tough but to give up a big inning with a lead is especially difficult,” Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk said in a press release by the Athletic Department. “It’s a lesson learned and we look forward to tomorrow’s game and the opportunity to have a winning weekend.”
The Terriers only needed four hits in the seventh inning to put up six runs and were able to hold on in a 9-8 victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C. Junior first baseman Brett Hash led the cavalry for Wofford with three runs batted in on three hits. Sophomores Alex Malsch and Max McDougald added some insurance for Wofford and were key in the victory with their ability to score runs.
Left-handed sophomore Adam Scott took the mound for Wofford and junior right-hander Cameron Stone started for Stony Brook. Scott did not earn the win but he frustrated Stony Brook batters with eight strikeouts in five innings.
Stony Brook junior relief pitcher Chad Lee was held responsible for Wofford’s outburst of runs and he got the loss. He let up five runs on four hits in two innings.
Junior shortstop Jeremy Giles put the Seawolves on the board first in the second inning with a two-RBI double to right field bringing home sophomore Bobby Honeyman and junior David Real. The next batter was junior Toby Handley who drove in Giles on an RBI triple to right center field. In the third inning, freshman designated hitter Dylan Resk hit a single to bring home senior Johnny Caputo.
Wofford responded in the bottom half of the third inning with the help of sophomore right fielder McClain Bradley. He singled to right field driving in junior Kody Ruedisili and McDougald. The sophomore then hit an RBI single in the fourth and brought in Malsch.
Senior Jack Parenty had two RBI the the top half of the seventh inning driving in Handley and Giles to increase the lead to 6-3. That did not last long after a colossal half inning for the Terriers.
Hash instantaneously tied the game at six apiece with a three-run bomb to left center off Chad. He drove in Ruedisili and McDougald. The momentum carried on that inning with an RBI ground out from senior Demetrius Jennings and an RBI single from McDougald.
Stony Brook attempted to climb back and tie the game at nine in the eighth inning. They came up one short, only scoring two. Sophomore Andruw Gazzola nailed an RBI single to right field and then scored on a wild pitch committed by senior Will Stillman who relieved junior Spencer Kulman.
Stony Brook’s next game is against USC Upstate on the third day of the Wofford Tournament at Russell C. King Field on Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m.