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Baseball drops all three in weekend series at Creighton

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Sophomore infielder Andruw Gazzola (No. 14, left) started a late-game rally in a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart after being named as last week’s America East Player of the Week. NARA HWANG/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook Baseball gave up a two-run lead in a three-run eighth inning by Creighton on Friday, losing 5-4 after leading for the majority of the matchup.

Coming off a come-from-behind triumph against Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Stony Brook hoped to ride its momentum. However, sophomore relief pitcher Teddy Rodliff had to work through an error by senior third baseman Johnny Caputo and a passed ball, and Rodliff ultimately received the loss.

The Seawolves scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning, capitalizing on an error by senior first baseman Reagan Fowler.

However, the team managed to only have one hit throughout the rest of the game, a single by first baseman Andruw Gazzola in the seventh inning.

Stony Brook senior starting pitcher Chad Lee tossed five and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and two unearned runs. Striking out four batters, he out-pitched Creighton’s sophomore starting pitcher, Rollie Lacy, who pitched six innings, allowing the Seawolves four runs.

Saturday’s game was rescheduled for Sunday due to inclement weather, making it the first of two that day in a doubleheader. The Seawolves fell in game two to the Blue Jays, losing 4-0. Senior pitcher Tyler Honahan gave up four earned runs in five innings in the loss.

Honahan did not pitch as well as Creighton freshman starting pitcher Jeff Albrecht, who won his second game of the year on Sunday. The southpaw shut out Stony Brook, allowing three hits and striking out five batters in five innings, while Honahan allowed seven hits.

The Blue Jays exploded in the third inning, getting four hits off Honahan. A triple by senior second baseman Ryan Fitzgerald opened the door for the team, giving them their first run of the match after a double by sophomore center fielder Daniel Woodrow. The triple was followed by a double from sophomore shortstop Nicky Lopez and a single by Fowler.

Stony Brook was shut out once again in game three. This time, Creighton sophomore starting pitcher Keith Rogalla tossed five innings, allowing three hits and three walks and preventing the Seawolves from scoring any runs.

Stony Brook freshman starting pitcher Bret Clarke threw a mere two innings, allowing five hits and four runs.

Woodrow scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, with the Blue Jays smacking another two hits onto the field. After a perfect inning in the second frame, Clarke allowed three runs in the third inning, forcing head coach Matt Senk to put in freshman relief pitcher Joe Baran, who threw three shutout innings.

Throughout the game, Rogalla dominated the Seawolves’ hitters, allowing only two hits through the first four innings. The dominance carried over to the bullpen, as senior John Oltman and junior David Gerber pitched one shutout inning each, sealing Creighton’s second 4-0 victory of the day.

Entering the weekend series, senior second baseman Jack Parenty had been carrying the team’s offense. However, he went 1-for-7 at Creighton.

The Seawolves are now 8-12 on the year. Up next for the team is a weekend series at home against Maine beginning Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m..

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