Vanderka tosses third career no-hitter; #Seawolves sweep doubleheader over Albany

Frankie Vanderka celebrates his third career no-hitter.

March 22, 2014

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched his third career no-hitter as part of a 10-strikeout performance, and the Stony Brook baseball team picked up some timely hitting as the #Seawolves swept a doubleheader from Albany with 7-0 and 6-2 victories Saturday at Joe Nathan Field.

Vanderka was dominant over nine innings, walking two batters and hitting one while striking out 10, including Brian Bullard on the final pitch of the game to secure the no-hitter. He now has thrown three career no-hitters; his previous two came against NJIT (March 18, 2011) and Fordham (March 10, 2013).

Senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) pitched the second game and also tossed a complete game to earn his third win of the year.

Stony Brook (8-9, 2-0 America East) has now won eight of its last 11 games and remains undefeated at home (5-0). Albany (4-10, 2-3 America East) has lost three straight after previously winning three in a row.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"We received terrific pitching performances from both starters today, highlighted by Frankie Vanderka's incredible no-hit performance. Overall, our entire team had a solid day both at the plate and on the field. We're looking forward to tomorrow's final game of the series."

Game One Turning Point
The #Seawolves set the tone early as they scored six times in the first three innings. Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and freshman Connor Doyle (Maspeth, N.Y.) delivered RBI singles in the first inning, Courtney connected on an RBI single in the second inning and the #Seawolves scored three times in the third on a balk, a sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) RBI single and a junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) RBI fielder's choice.

The rest was all about Vanderka, who put on a dominating performance. He struck out four of the first six batters he faced. After hitting Matt Hinchy in the second, he struck out Craig Lepre. When he issued a one-out walk to Evan Harasta in the fourth, he cooly got Josh Nethaway and Hinchy out to end the threat. In the seventh, he fanned Nethaway and Hinchy back-to-back. In the eighth, he struck out Lepre, walked Charlie Peltz and then induced Cory Kingston into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

In the ninth, Albany's Alex Lushkevich grounded out back to Vanderka, D.J. Hoagboon grounded out, and then Bullard struck out swinging as Vanderka celebrated with his teammates on the field.

Game Two Turning Point
Albany went up 1-0 in the first inning on a Harasta RBI dribbler to third that he beat out for an infield single. But the #Seawolves immediately responded by putting the first two runners on. Then Parenty and Chavarria perfectly executed a double steal to get into scoring position. Parenty scored on Courtney's sacrifice fly, and Chavarria came home when junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) smashed a single to center.

Stony Brook added a run in the third and then pushed the game away from Albany with a three-run fourth inning with all three runs unearned after freshman Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.) reached on an error. Parenty brought home a run on sacrifice fly, Chavarria picked up an RBI infield single and Courtney roped a ball up the middle that was stopped by Peltz at shortstop, but the ball trickled away from him, allowing Chavarria to score all the way from second on the "infield" single.

The rest was taken care of by McNitt, who allowed a baserunner in all but one inning, but also was outstanding with runners on base, limiting the Great Danes to 3-for-13 hitting. With runners on second and third and just one out in the sixth, he got Lepre to ground out to third and then induced a weak groundball to first by Peltz to end the inning.

In the seventh, he hit Jeff VonMoser with a pitch to lead off the inning, but he forced Albany to hit three easy fly balls to end the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook stroked 15 hits and drew 13 walks over the two games. The #Seawolves left 16 men on base, nine in game one, seven in game two.
  • Stony Brook was 8-for-21 in RBI opportunities on the day.
  • Albany was limited to just three baserunners in game one and then had eight hits in game two, but left seven men on base.
  • Vanderka was the star on the mound, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season and third no-hitter of his career. He went all nine innings and limited Albany to two walks while striking out 10. It was his second 10-plus strikeout performance of the season. He fanned 11 Fordham batters two weeks ago.
  • McNitt started game two and also pitched a complete game, his first of the year. He went all seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Of the eight hits allowed, three were infield singles. He did not walk an batter and struck out four.
  • Courtney finished the day with three hits and five RBI.
  • Chavarria was 3-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBI.
  • Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) had just two official at-bats on the day after drawing five walks.
  • Parenty, Doyle and Peragine all delivered RBIs on the day. Peragine and Doyle both had two hits in game one.
  • Stony Brook stole six bases, including five in game two.



News & Notes

  • Vanderka owns three of Stony Brook's four all-time no-hitters. He pitched one against NJIT on March 18, 2011. He also pitched one against Fordham on March 10, 2013. The only other no-hitter was a combined effort of Nick Tropeano and Brandon McNitt against Army on March 27, 2011.
  • In his three no-hitters, Vanderka has pitched 27 innings and struck out 29 batters.

Up Next
Stony Brook and Albany will wrap up their three-game series Sunday with a single game at Joe Nathan Field beginning at noon.