Baseball defeats Fordham behind McNitt's stellar pitching

Cole Peragine

March 9, 2013

Final Stats

Bronx, N.Y. - Sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) had three hits and two runs batted in, and junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) pitched eight solid innings as the Stony Brook baseball team defeated Fordham 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Houlihan Park.

Peragine finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk. Freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) also went 3-for-4 as the Seawolves banged out 10 hits on the day, all singles. On the mound, McNitt scattered four hits over eight innings, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out two batters and walking just one.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Brandon McNitt picked up where he left off against UNC Wilmington and gave us another extremely well-pitched game. Cole Peragine and Austin Shives' three-hit performances obviously highlighted our offense. It was especially good to have a catalyst like Cole back in the lineup. We are looking forward to more positive performances in tomorrow's doubleheader."

Turning Point
The Seawolves were leading 1-0 in the fourth inning when they put together a two-run rally. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and third with nobody out for sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.), who grounded into a fielder's choice that scored freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.). Shives followed with a single that sent Goldstein to third. Then Peragine poked a single to left center to bring home Goldstein and give the Seawolves a 3-0 lead.

The Seawolves entered the bottom of the ninth leading 3-1, but the Rams fought back to get to 3-2 and then load the bases with two outs. However, freshman Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) struck out Rob McCunney on a 2-2 pitch to end the game and earn the save.

Inside the Numbers

  • McNitt pitched eight innings and allowed just one earned run to earn his first win of the season. He now has given up just one earned run in his last 15 innings pitched.
  • Peragine, who missed the last five games, returned to post his first three-hit game of the year. He is hitting .350 this season.
  • Shives has picked up hits in each of his last three games and is six for his last 13 at the plate.
  • Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games.
  • Honahan earned his second save in as many games by finishing the ninth inning.



News & Notes

  • The win was Stony Brook's first road victory of the season.
  • The victory is career win No. 625 for head coach Matt Senk.
  • The Seawolves have won six straight games over Fordham.

Up Next
The Seawolves continue their four-game series at Fordham with a Sunday doubleheader in the Bronx beginning at 1 p.m. Frankie Vanderka and Daniel Zamora are Stony Brook's scheduled starting pitchers.