McNitt tosses complete game but baseball blanked by Maine

Brandon McNitt

March 16, 2013

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) threw a complete game and allowed just one run on four hits, but it was not enough for a victory as the Seawolves were blanked by Maine's Tommy Lawrence in a 1-0 Black Bears victory Saturday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field in the America East opener for both teams.

The game was originally the first of a doubleheader, but the second game was postponed due to weather. Stony Brook (5-11, 0-1 America East) and Maine (10-11, 1-0 America East) will now play a doubleheader Sunday at noon.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Another terrific performance by Brandon McNitt, and really a hard luck loss for him. I felt like we played with a lot of energy today, and despite the loss, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's doubleheader."

Turning Point
The two starting pitchers threw up zeroes for most of the game, but Maine scored the lone run of the day in the fourth inning. Colin Gay singled to center, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Scott Heath.

The Seawolves, who left 10 men on base today, put two runners on base in three of nine innings, none bigger than the ninth when back-to-back singles put runners on first and second with one out. However, Maine's Lawrence bore down and got junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.) to pop out and sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) to strike out to end the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • McNitt took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season. He threw his fifth career complete game, allowing just one run on four hits. He didn't walk any batters and struck out two.
  • In his last 24 innings pitched, McNitt has allowed just two earned runs on 12 hits.
  • Stony Brook had seven hits on the day from six different batters. Freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) had the lone multi-hit day.
  • Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
  • Peragine was 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to six games.

News & Notes

  • The loss snapped Stony Brook's eight-game conference winning streak, dating back to May 2012.
  • The loss also snapped Stony Brook's six-game winning streak over Maine.
  • The Seawolves are still 43-6 in their last 49 conference games.

Up Next
The Seawolves and Black Bears resume the series Sunday with a noon doubleheader. Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) are expected to start on the mound for Stony Brook.