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Stony Brook Wins Fifth In A Row

Stony Brook University’#146;s baseball team, riding a four game winning streak,won their fifth in a row Tuesday afternoon, with a 4-2 defeat of Monmouth.

The Seawolves took advantage of Monmouth’#146;s five errors, and erratic pitchingto the win.

If you put pressure on the defense, you put pressure on the catcher and theyhave to make plays,’ Assistant coach Gerry Sputo said. ‘If they canmake these plays they are a good team.’

Sputo sat in for head coach Matt Senk who was serving a one-game suspension.

Monmouth failed to come up with big plays early allowing SBU to jumped outto a 4-0 lead by the end of the seventh inning.

Senior pitcher Kevin Willi started the game strong. He pitched seven innings,allowing two hits and no runs.

Willi earned his third win of the year, and lowered his already impressive0.69 earned run average.

Following Willi’#146;s lead, Stony Brook batters attacked Monmouth’#146;s pitching.The fiery approach lead to six hits and four runs for the Seawolves.

The attacking mentality of the Seawolves, did not help them overcome the season-longproblem of leaving runners on base.

‘I think we can do a better job getting guys in,’ Sputo said. ‘Fromscoring position we are leaving a lot of guys on base.’

Still, the Seawolves stranded a dozen men.

Junior Lee Lipschutz and freshman Andrew Larsen led the Seawolves offense.In the fifth inning, Larsen laced a double to centerfield.

After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Lipschutz shot up the middle drovehim home. The run started a two-run inning that put the Seawolves up 3-0.

In the eighth inning, the Seawolves brought in sophomore pitcher Dave Mischo.Mischo showed some control problems, giving up one run in the eighth. With runnerson and one out in the ninth, Jamie Szwejkowski replaced Mischo.

‘I came in and tried to get groundballs,’ said Szwejkowski. He forcedtwo ground-ball outs to close out the game.

The Seawolves will head to California for an eight-game road trip where Senkwill join the team again.

The Seawolves stragegy going into the trip is simple. ‘Mental,’ saidSzwejkowski. ‘It’#146;s all about our mindset.’

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