Stony Brook University (2-5) freshman pitcher Bret Clarke held the NYIT Bears (2-2) to only one run in the Seawolves’s home opener at Joe Nathan Field.
“This was a terrific first college start by Bret Clarke,” Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk said after the game. “He went out there and really did a tremendous job.”
The 6-3, 170 lb pitcher out of Royersford, PA pitched a good five innings and got his first win of the season. He had five strikeouts, and allowed one run on two hits that led SBU to a 5-1 victory, snapping its five-game losing streak.
Junior Elias Martinez got the start for NYIT and pitched well, but it just wasn’t enough; NYIT had only two hits the whole game. The pitcher from Queens, N.Y. pitched 4.1 innings, allowed four runs on three hits and had three strikeouts in his first loss of the season.
Stony Brook struck first in this game with a groundout RBI by senior left fielder Jack Parenty, which brought in junior shortstop Jeremy Giles to put SBU in front 1-0. Giles started off the inning by hitting a double down the left field line.
Junior right fielder Thomas Joannou did everything he could for the NYIT offense. He hit an RBI triple in the top of the third that brought home junior right fielder Frank Sanacore. Joannou had both of NYIT’s hits.
Junior center fielder Toby Handley had two RBIs for the Seawolves and was a large contributing factory in the victory. He went 1-5 but drove in senior Johnny Caputo and sophomore Andruw Gazzola on a single drilled to left center field in the bottom of the fifth inning, SBU’s most productive. They scored three runs on two hits. Freshman designated hitter Joe Baran also had an RBI walk, which brought in junior catcher David Real and pushed the lead 4-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore infielder Bobby Honeyman ripped an RBI single to right field driving in Caputo for an insurance run, increasing SBU’s lead to 5-1.
NYIT did not earn a hit or a score a run because of SBU’s dominant bullpen in the final six innings of the game.
Sophomore pitchers Teddy Rodliff and Aaron Pinto came on to relieve Clarke after five innings and pitched two innings each, letting up zero hits.
SBU will travel down to North Carolina and play three games in the Elon Tournament from March 4-6. On Friday, SBU will play Appalachian State (1-8) at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Elon (3-5) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Bowling Green (1-5) at 12:30 on Sunday.