Feb. 16, 2013
Miami, Fla. - Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) threw six shutout innings in his season debut, junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.) homered and sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) registered three hits and an RBI, but the Stony Brook baseball team opened up the 2013 season with a pair of losses to Florida International by scores of 10-4 and 3-0 Saturday at FIU Baseball Stadium.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Despite solid outings by our two starting pitchers, especially Vanderka's six shutout innings, we had a disappointing result. However, it's a starting point, and we look forward to tomorrow's game to begin correcting the things we need to get better at."
Stony Brook fell behind 2-0 after one inning, but Hubbard clubbed a two-run homer to right center in the second inning to tie the game. The Seawolves went up 4-3 in the fourth inning after Peragine singled up the middle to score sophomore Michael Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
FIU tied the game in the fifth, scored two more in the sixth and then broke the game open in the seventh with four runs, two coming on a big single by Tyler Hibbert.
The second game was a pitcher's duel between Vanderka and Panthers freshman Tyler Alexander. The two teams matched zeroes on the board until the Panthers took advantage of back-to-back singles in the seventh inning that led to a sacrifice fly by T.J. Shantz and a 1-0 FIU lead.
The Panthers tacked on two runs in the eighth. The Seawolves, who left nine men on base, had their best chance to score in the first inning when they opened the game with back-to-back singles by Peragine and sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.). However, Stony Brook was unable to drive in the pair.
Inside the Numbers
- Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started game one and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.
- Vanderka pitched six shutout innings in game two. He scattered four hits, walked none and struck out two.
- Hubbard's home run was his second career shot; it came with junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) on first base after drawing a walk.
- Peragine finished the day with three hits, a walk and two stolen bases.
- Roehrig was 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base in game one, his only appearance of the day.
- Junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) threw out two baserunners from behind the plate in game two, both came with two outs and thus ended the inning.
- Sophomore Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) took the loss in game one after surrendering five runs on five hits in 1-2/3 innings in relief.
- Junior Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) took the game two loss after he was tagged for three runs in two innings of relief.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook begins the season 0-2 for the first time since the 2009 season.
- The Seawolves have dropped both ends of a doubleheader only three times since the start of the 2011 season (Holy Cross in 2012 and North Carolina in 2011).
Stony Brook concludes its three-game series against Florida International Sunday at 1 p.m. Freshman left-hander Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) is slated to start on the mound for the Seawolves.