March 15, 2014
Riverside, Calif. - Pitching only a few miles away from his hometown, senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) pitched seven solid innings, allowing just one run while junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) delivered a home run as the Stony Brook baseball team topped UC Riverside, 2-1, Friday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Stony Brook has now won five straight games to improve to 5-6 on the season and is now 1-0 in its five-game road trip to California. The Highlanders fall to 9-9 on the season.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"We couldn't ask for a better start to our five-game road trip in California. The terrific pitching and defense we displayed in our four-game winning streak at home continued, and we scored just enough to get the first one out here in California."
Stony Brook scored its two runs in the second inning as Krause led off the frame by smacking a home run over the left field fence off of Highlanders starter Jacob Smigelski. Freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) then followed with a walk, and he advanced to third when junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) reached on a single after his batted ball went off Smigelski's glove and into shallow right field. One out later, freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) brought Baker home with an RBI groundout.
McNitt gave up one run in the third inning on back-to-back doubles, but he escaped jams with multiple runners on base in the first, fourth and sixth innings to give up just one run.
In the sixth inning, the UC Riverside leadoff hitter David Andriese reached on an infield single. Then Drake Zarate roped the ball towards first base with an eye towards the right field line, but senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) snared the line drive out of the air and then stepped on first to double off Andriese. Instead of the game potentially being tied with a runner on second and no outs, it was two outs, nobody on base.
Sophomore Chad Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) pitched a scoreless eighth, and freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) pitched a perfect ninth to record his first collegiate save.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Both teams had five hits on the day. UC Riverside left nine men on base.
- McNitt started and went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked four and struck out four, improving to 2-1 on the season.
- Krause homered for the second time this season. He went 2-for-4 on the night and is hitting a team-best .357 this season.
- Stone struck out two in his perfect ninth inning to earn his first collegiate save.
- Smigelski pitched a complete game for UC Riverside.
- Stony Brook has seven players on its roster from Southern California, including McNitt, Lee, Chavarria, sophomore Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.), senior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.), sophomore Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) and freshman Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.)
The #Seawolves and Highlanders continue their three-game series Saturday at 9 p.m., Eastern. Senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) will be on the mound for Stony Brook.