March 10, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. - Stony Brook baseball junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) tossed his second-career no-hitter as he and the Seawolves blanked Fordham, 2-0, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Houlihan Park. Fordham came back to win the back end of the twinbill, 3-0, but the day belonged to Vanderka, who struck out six and walked three (one intentionally) in his nine no-hit innings.
Both games of the doubleheader were scheduled for seven innings, but the first game went into extras as Vanderka and Rams starter Chris Pike dueled.
Vanderka's no-hitter is the second of his career. He also pitched one as a freshman on March 18, 2011 at NJIT.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"The day belonged to Frankie Vanderka. His second career no-hitter was vintage Frankie; he mixed all three of his pitches well. We're all very proud of his tremendous accomplishment."
"I just went out there and did what I normally do and stayed down in the zone and attacked the hitters."
Game One Turning Point
The game came down to some late-inning moments. In the bottom of the fifth, senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) saved the no-hit bid with a diving catch in right-center to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh with the game on the line, Vanderka loaded the bases on an error, intentional walk and unintentional walk. With two outs, the junior pitcher struck out Fordham's Joseph Runco to end the threat and send the game to extra innings.
Stony Brook finally broke through as freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and Nivins led off the ninth inning with back-to-back triples. Caputo scored the first run and Nivins followed on an RBI groundout by sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.).
Vanderka then set the Rams' 2-3-4 hitters down in order in the ninth, striking out Ian Edmiston, getting Tim Swatek to fly out to center and forcing Ryan Lee to ground out to second to secure the no-hitter.
Game Two Turning Point
The Rams came back from the game one defeat to post three runs in the first inning off of Seawolves freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.). The big blow came on Lee's two-run single with just one out that made it 3-0.
The Seawolves put runners on base in five of the seven innings, but were unable to convert. They hit into two double plays and left five men on base.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Vanderka pitched nine innings and threw 102 pitches, 71 for strikes. He struck out six batters while walking three, one of which was intentional. He faced only four batters over the minimum. He improved his record to 1-2 this season.
- Coming into today, the Seawolves had not yet hit a triple on the season and then Caputo and Nivins hit back-to-back triples that ultimately allowed the Seawolves to win.
- Caputo went 2-for-4 in the first game and 1-for-2 in the second game to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
- Sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) went 3-for-7 in the doubleheader and is 6-for-11 in the series.
- Zamora settled down after his rough first inning to toss a six-inning complete game, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three. His record fell to 0-3.
- Vanderka's first no-hitter came as a freshman on March 18, 2011 when he shut out NJIT on the road.
- Nine days after Vanderka threw his first career no-hitter, Nick Tropeano and Brandon McNitt combined on a no-hitter at Army.
- The game one victory extended Stony Brook's winning streak over Fordham to seven games before the Rams snapped the run with the game two victory.
The Seawolves are scheduled to wrap up the series with Fordham with a single nine-inning game Monday at Joe Nathan Field at 3 p.m.