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March 17, 2013

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior starter Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched a complete game, and senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) hit his first home run of the season as the Stony Brook baseball team split a doubleheader with Maine, defeating the Black Bears in game one, 7-1, and losing the second game, 8-3, Sunday at Joe Nathan Field.

Vanderka was the star for Stony Brook today as he allowed one unearned run on just four hits in a seven-inning complete game. He walked four and struck out six as he improved his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.82.

Freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) pitched the second game and allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings, walking one and fanning four.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Outside of one inning, we had two excellent performances out of our starting pitchers, especially Frankie Vanderka's. We played a really good, veteran team in Maine, and despite only going 1-2 this weekend, I feel like overall the weekend was solid. It's good to see some guys break out offensively, especially Tanner Nivins hitting that big three-run homer. Hopefully he'll continue that going forward."

Game One Turning Point
Holding a slim 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, the Seawolves broke the game open with a four-spot. With runners on first and second, freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) smacked a single to center to bring home one. Then Nivins stepped up to a plate and drove an A.J. Bazdanes pitch well over the left field wall for a three-run homer, pushing the Seawolves lead to 5-1.

Stony Brook tacked on two more in the sixth, and Vanderka took care of the rest. His lone run allowed came unearned in the sixth inning.

Game Two Turning Point
The Seawolves fell behind Maine 3-0, but came back with an RBI single from freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and a balk by Black Bears pitcher Mike Connolly to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.

However, the Black Bears attacked in the eighth inning to push the game out of reach. Freshman Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) came out of the bullpen to face pinch-hitter Fran Whitten with runners on second and third, and Whitten pulled a single through the right side to score a run. Troy Black then followed with an RBI infield single, and Sam Balzano delivered the final blow with an RBI single to left. Maine led 6-2.

The Seawolves put runners on first and third with no one out in the eighth, but only scored once on a freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) sacrifice fly.

Inside the Numbers

  • Nivins was 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBI and three walks in the doubleheader. He's opened up a five-game hitting streak.
  • Parenty scored four runs in the doubleheader and was 2-for-6 with two walks. He now has hit safely in nine consecutive games.
  • After starting the season 5 for his first 47, junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 in the doubleheader and had two RBI, two runs scored and two walks.
  • Vanderka pitched his second straight complete game and fourth of his career and has not allowed an earned run in his last 16 innings pitched.
  • Vanderka now is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA this season.
  • Junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) gunned down three of five base runners on stolen base attempts and now has thrown out 13 on 28 attempts this season.

 

 

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook lost an America East conference series for the first time since May 21-22, 2010 when the Seawolves were swept by Binghamton.
  • This is Stony Brook's first series loss to Maine since April 13-14, 2006.
  • The Seawolves are still 44-7 in their last 51 conference games.
  • Stony Brook has won six of its last nine games.

Up Next
Stony Brook will have a mid-week road game with Rhode Island, taking on the Rams Wednesday in Kingston, R.I., at 3:30 p.m.