Potent bats, stellar pitching lift #Seawolves to doubleheader sweep

Frankie Vanderka

March 8, 2014

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team was firing on all cylinders Saturday, bashing 24 hits, scoring 16 runs and shutting out Fordham over 16 innings as the #Seawolves swept a doubleheader from the Rams by scores of 6-0 and 10-0 at Joe Nathan Field.

Senior starting pitchers Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) were the stars on the mound as Vanderka threw a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts and McNitt tossed five shutout innings of a seven-inning game, giving up just one hit. Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) drove in six runs over the two games, including a grand slam in the second game.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"The guys put together a great all-around performance today. It was highlighted by the terrific starting pitching of Frank Vanderka and Brandon McNitt as well as outstanding offensive days by Casey Baker, Kevin Courtney, Kevin Krause and Jack Parenty. The team is looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow and picking up where we left off today."

Game One Turning Point
This one was Vanderka's game from the start. He retired seven straight batters between the end of the first through the end of the third inning. In the late innings, he struck out the side in the seventh and then ended the game with a pair of Ks. He allowed only one baserunner to reach third, and that was in the fourth and he responded by fanning the final two batters of the inning.

On offense, the #Seawolves posted two in the first inning on an RBI triple from senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and a Krause RBI single. Courtney and Krause came through with RBI hits again in the fifth inning to make it 4-0, and by that point, Vanderka was locked in on the mound.

Game Two Turning Point
In the early going, McNitt and Fordham starter JC Porter matched zeroes with McNitt allowing only two baserunners in the first four innings.

In the bottom of the fourth, the #Seawolves exploded for 10 runs. They had nine straight batters reach base. Freshmen Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.), Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) and senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) all had RBI singles. Then after Courtney was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded, Krause followed by launching over the left field fence for a grand slam and a 10-0 lead.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook's offense was explosive with 24 hits over the two games, good for a .393 average. The #Seawolves only struck out six times in 61 at-bats.
  • Stony Brook's pitching limited Fordham to just five hits - all singles - over the two games and striking out 16.
  • Krause was 5-for-6 with the grand slam and six RBI on the day.
  • Sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) was 3-for-5.
  • Courtney finished 3-for-8 with a double, triple and three RBI over the two games.
  • Baker was 3-for-3 in the second game.
  • In total, 11 different #Seawolves picked up a hit on the day.
  • Vanderka started game one and pitched a complete game shutout. He limited Fordham to three hits and one walk while striking out 11.
  • McNitt started game two and held Fordham to one hit and one walk over five innings. He, senior Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) and freshman Connor Doyle (Maspeth, N.Y.) combined on the two-hit shutout.



Up Next
Stony Brook and Fordham conclude their three-game series Sunday at Joe Nathan Field at 1 p.m. Sophomore Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) is scheduled to get the ball for the #Seawolves.