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On This Day In History | 1988

April 25, 2018
Baseball 1988

The ’88 Stony Brook Baseball squad

On this day 30 years ago, the baseball team topped Hampton Bays, 7-6, in walk-off fashion.

The Bears held a 3-1 lead after three innings, but a five-run outburst in the top of the fourth gave the Baymen a 6-3 edge. The Brook chipped away with a run in the fifth, but still trailed 6-4 as the game headed to the last of the seventh.

Jordan Nixon led off with a walk and Mark Very reached base on an error by the first baseman. Cameron Thiessen followed with an RBI single and Doug Alioth knotted the game with an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

The game moved to the eighth where Martyn Crighton led off the inning on the receiving end of a hit by pitch. A fielder’s choice exchanged Glenn Rustay for Crighton before Nixon strode to the plate with two outs. The future Stony Brook School and Augustana College Hall of Famer struck a triple to score Rustay and give the Brook the win.

Alioth was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs while Very picked up the win and added a solo home run.

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Badminton Tames Northport

April 24, 2018
G Badminton 2018

Ella Liu in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the badminton teams cruised past Northport in a mandatory non-league match. The boys dispatched the Tigers 8-1 while the girls won their match, 6-3.

Mary Wang (8-11, 11-3, 11-1), Masha Volovaya (11-0, 11-3), and Judy Liu (11-4, 11-6) won their singles matches while Sophie Cai and Ariel Wang (15-9, 15-9), Ella Liu and Lily Zhang (11-15, 15-6, 15-11), and Rosemary Wu and Grace Wang (15-9, 15-8) earned doubles victories. With the win the girls improve to 7-3 overall, by far the best start in their fourth year as a program. The girls have now set a program wins record for the second consecutive season, and in winning their seventh match have equaled their win total from the previous three years combined, in which they went 7-43.

For the boys, Jerry Liu (15-1, 15-1), Tony Yu (15-1, 15-6), Kevin Zhang (16-17, 15-4, 15-9), Ulysses Zhang (15-4, 15-7), and David Wang (15-3, 15-4) swept the singles matches while Caleb Spreckels and Jack Yu (15-7, 15-5), Sam Han and Sam Wong (6-15, 15-12, 15-6), and Ben Sray and Bob Wu (17-14, 10-15, 15-13) earned doubles wins. The victory ups the boys’ overall record to 8-2 on the season, their best start in the four-year history of the program.

The Bears have a chance to continue their historic seasons on Thursday in a home match-up with Commack.

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On This Day In History | 1993

April 24, 2018
Penn Relays 1993 Track

The victorious 1993 team (front: Brownworth & Stuckey; back: Roderick, Patrick, Sholl & coach Robin Lingle

On this day 25 years ago, the 4×400 meter relay team won their race at the Penn Relays to bring a seventh Relays plaque home to the Brook.

The team of Brandon Stuckey, Allan Patrick, Ben Sholl, and Nils Brownworth won their race in a time of 3:31.2.

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Stony Brook 4×4 Penn Relays Champions

  • 1949: Bruce Dodd, Kendall Haff, Larry Burnell & Robert Evers
  • 1951: Dave Gillispie, Johnny Walker, Charles Cowan & Roy Avers
  • 1958: Wain Barnes, Ray Searby, Tom Gillan & Tonnie Coane
  • 1960: Robin Lingle, Jon Hescock, Peter Treiber, Peter Barmonde & John Fitch
  • 1965: Mark Govertsen, Bill Krampe, Peter Randall & Bernard Mumo
  • 1977: Mark Whitney, Peter Ljundquist, Keith DeBoard & Kevin Lockerbie
  • 1993: Brandon Stuckey, Allan Patrick, Ben Sholl & Nils Brownworth
  • 2004: Louis Gabel, Justin Song, Dan Hickey & Christian Francis

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On This Day In History | 1977

April 23, 2018
Lockerbie 1979 UNC

Don (left) flanked by his brother Kevin ’77 in 1979

On this day 41 years ago, Don Lockerbie ’75 won the ACC Championship in the 880 yard run (1:53.1) to help the University of North Carolina earn a runner-up finish.

The Tar Heel captain would go on to earn All-America status that season in helping the mile relay team take 3rd place at the National Championships.

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Track Races at New York Relays

April 22, 2018

On Friday night members of the boys’ and girls’ track teams took part in the 14th annual New York Relays at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Here are the results and some photos from MileSplit NY.

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Boys’ 400m Hurdles

  • Colin Scanlon (31st/ 1:02.3)
  • Harrison Plhak (46th/ 1:07.8)

Girls’ 400m Hurdles

  • Sarah Wong (37th/ 1:21.7)
  • Vivien Mimura (41st/ 1:26.8)
  • Diana Barbacena (42nd/ 1:29.9)

Boys’ 2000m Steeplechase

  • Pieter van Zeijts (31st/ 7:27.1)
  • Riley Corcoran (38th/ 7:39.6)

Girls’ 3000m

  • Miranda Harrigan (38th/ 12:01.8)
  • Sophia DiLavore (53rd/ 14:07.4)

Boys’ 3200m

  • Aidan Harrigan (12:17)

Boys’ Sprint Medley Relay

  • Riley Corcoran, Josh Lin, Aidan Harrigan & Louis Wang (17th/ 4:12.5)

Girls’ Sprint Medley Relay

  • Lilly Keegan, Francine Leung, Hannah Detwiler & Miranda Harrigan (12th/ 5:08.1)

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Wozny Puts on a Show Against Port Jeff

April 22, 2018
Baseball 2018

Wozny punches out his last batter of the day for his 15th K (PC: Axcess Baseball)

Yesterday morning the baseball team edged Port Jeff, 4-3, to win the season series over the Royals and improve to 7-3 on the season. Sophomore Joe Wozny was electric in his fourth victory of the season, striking out 15 and retiring 17 straight batters during one dominant stretch. Here is the recap of the game from Vinny Messana of Axcess Baseball.

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With his pitch count inching towards the 105-pitch limit, UCONN-commit Joe Wozny knew he could empty the tank.

He reached back and threw his hardest pitch of the morning at 87 MPH past the batter for his 15th and final strikeout of the day. He was removed in favor of reliever Emmanuel Ajewole, who promptly sealed the deal for the 4-3 victory for the Stony Brook Bears over Port Jeff.

“In the later innings–especially after the first inning where I walked a guy and was a little shaky–I really settled in and found my fastball and was hitting spots. I was keeping the ball low so when they did put it in play it was on the ground,” said Wozny.

Port Jeff got on the board first in an unusual way in the first inning when an error a walk and a stolen base put runners on second & third with one out. A wild pitch scored the first runner and the throw to the plate with Wozny covering resulted in a rare obstruction called for the second run.

He was dominant after that.

Stony Brook got one run back in the third inning on an RBI single by Ajewole to score Aidan Mega.

Wozny struck out seven batters in a row during one stretch from the third to fifth innings.

His offense mounted a rally in the fifth inning that was ultimately the difference. Seamus Scalon led off with a single to center field and Aidan Mega singled through the left side. Wozny reached on a dropped error by the left field and they tied the game up when the following batter, Tim Wozny walked. The go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch and David Choi extended the lead to 4-2 with a single.

Port Jeff inched closer in the sixth inning on an unearned run on an infield error, but Wozny stepped up when it mattered and recorded the inning ending punch out.

With the victory, they improved to 7-3 on the season, while Port Jeff dropped to 3-7.

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Baseball Edges Port Jeff to Take Season Series

April 22, 2018

Yesterday morning the baseball team edged Port Jeff, 4-3, to improve to 7-3 on the season. With the win the Bears matched their win total from a season ago and move within three wins of their first playoff berth since 1999 with ten games remaining on the schedule.

Joe Wozny was dominant over 6.2 innings, holding the Royals to just two hits while matching the career high in strikeouts he set in last Sarurday’s 5-3 win at Southold. However, it was the Royals that jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a wild pitch and a controversial obstruction call at the plate. The Bears got one back in the top of the third when Aidan Mega and Joe Wozny reached on consecutive errors. Mega came around to score on a two-out single from Emman Ajewole.

After a scoreless fourth, the Bears seized control with three runs in the top of the third. The rally began as it so often has this season with Seamus Scanlon and Mega setting the table. Both singled before Joe Wozny reached on an error to load the bases. Tim Wozny followed with a walk to force in a run and knot the game at 2-2. Two pitches later Mega sped home with the lead on a wild pitch. With 1-out, David Choi dropped down a perfectly placed bunt that scored Joe Wozny with what would prove to be the game-winning run as the Bears pushed their lead to 4-2.

Choi followed his offensive highlight with a defensive gem in the bottom half of the fifth, fielding a two-out bunt and firing a difficult throw to first to end the inning. In the sixth Wozny recorded two outs on his first three pitches, but a double and an error closed the Port Jeff deficit to 4-3. Wozny capped the inning with his 13th strikeout.

After the Bears failed to tack on a run in the top of the seventh, the Royals came up for last licks. Despite working with a thin, one-run margin, Wozny displayed tremendous poise as he struck out the first two batters looking, the second on a full count. The second at bat pushed Wozny’s pitch count past the 105-pitch limit so the righty fireballer gave way to Ajewole. The Royals added some drama with a single that brought the winning run to the plate, but Ajewole struck out the next batter to close out the thrilling win.

Wozny was simply overpowering in his fourth victory of the year, which ties him for the second-most on Long Island. He retired 17 straight batters from the first to the sixth inning, including nine in a row by way of strikeout.

Scanlon led the offense with a game-high 3 hits to up his batting average to .472 while Mega’s 2 hits bumped him up to a gaudy .606. Tim Wozny, Ajewole, and Choi each recorded RBIs in the win.

The Bears next take the diamond tomorrow afternoon in a home match-up with Southold.

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