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Baseball Struggles In Last Stretch Before Conference Play

The Stony Brook baseball team (9-12-0) played average baseball over Spring Break, winning four of their eight games and being slated second in America East standings.

The Seawolves are three games behind first-place Maine and three games ahead of third-place Binghamton, whom they will play in a four game set starting April 10.

Stony Brook began the break with a road series against Pepperdine University in Malibu California, winning one of three games. The Seawolves won the first game 7-5, with senior first baseman Robert Dyer securing two runs-batted-in on a 2-for-5 day.

The next two games were not nearly as offensively overwhelming. Pepperdine shut out Stony Brook in the second game, 3-0, with pitcher Matt Bywater throwing a six-hit complete game. Pepperdine won the third game, 4-2, to finish the series.

The Seawolves migrated south for their next series against San Diego State University, where aspiring Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched for his college career.

Each game was an offensive spectacle, with both teams reaching double-digits on the scoreboard in both games.

San Diego State won the first game, 11-10, but the Seawolves would not let them get comfortable. Stony Brook struck back the next day in a 14-inning shootout. The Seawolves won the game, 18-14, and tied a season record with 24 hits.

Stony Brook would play one more game in California, losing to Cal State Bakersfield in a 14-2 rout.

The squad then returned to New York to play LeMoyne University in Syracuse for a four game series that wrapped up on Sunday. Stony Brook won both games on Saturday,  taking the first game 10-4 and the second 8-7.

The squad then returned to New York to play LeMoyne University in Syracuse for a four game series that wrapped up on Sunday. Stony Brook won both games on Saturday,  taking the first game 10-4 and the second 8-7. But Sunday, the Dolphins blew the Seawolves out of the water, sweeping the doubleheader by following an 8-2 win with a 7-0 shutout.

The losses dropped the Seawolves’ overall record to 10-14.

The team will now break into conference play.

After a four game set in Binghamton on Saturday (6-12-0), the Seawolves will play on their home field for the first time in 16 games against UMBC (4-15-0) next week.

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