Baseball splits doubleheader with Binghamton

Frankie Vanderka

March 23, 2013

Final Stats: Game One | Game Two

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) banged out six hits, junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) homered and junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched a complete game as the Stony Brook baseball team split a doubleheader with Binghamton at Joe Nathan Field Saturday, falling to the Bearcats, 10-7, in game one before defeating them in game two, 4-1.

Stony Brook had led the first game 7-4 going into the final inning before the Bearcats put up six runs in the seventh to stun the Seawolves.

Vanderka, who pitched the second game, scattered seven hits over his nine innings, allowing just one run while walking one and fanning a season-high seven batters.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"We had a solid bounce-back win in the second game after a very disappointing loss in the front end of the doubleheader. I give the guys a lot of credit, especially Frank Vanderka for pitching the complete game to even up the series for us."

Game One Turning Point
After falling behind 4-0, the Seawolves bounced back with seven unanswered runs to go into the final inning leading 7-4. However, the seventh did not go as planned. Junior starter Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) loaded the bases with nobody out before giving way to freshman reliever Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.), who hit his first batter to bring home a run and then gave up a long double down the right field line to Jake Thomas to score two more runs and tie the game at 7-7.

Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) came in afterwards and immediately gave up an RBI double to Brian Ruby that allowed Binghamton to reclaim the lead. The Bearcats tacked on two more, and the Seawolves went down in the bottom of the seventh.

Game Two Turning Point
Down 1-0, Italiano came up in the second inning and hit a bomb to left that went over the wall for his first home run, tying the game at 1-1.

Vanderka did his job on the mound, and then the bats came through with clutch hits in the fifth. The first three Seawolves to the plate reached base to load them up for sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario), who drew an RBI walk. Two batters later, freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) beat out a potential inning-ending double play at first base, allowing a run to score. Then junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) laced a two-out, RBI single to the opposite field to score another run, giving the Seawolves a 4-1 advantage.

Vanderka took care of the rest, striking out four of the last nine batters he faced, including inning enders in the seventh and eighth. In the ninth inning with two runners on and one out, he punched out Jordon Smucker looking and then induced Reed Gamache to fly out to end the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • Vanderka took the win in game two, pitching his third straight complete game. He allowed seven hits and one run while walking one and striking out a season-high seven batters. He improves to 3-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.65, which leads America East.
  • McNitt started game one and allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven batters.
  • Honahan took the game one loss after facing two batters and giving up two runs. He fell to 0-3 on the year.
  • Parenty finished the day 6-for-8 with two RBI. He has now hit safely in 12 consecutive games and is batting a team-best .404 on the season.
  • Italiano's home run was his first and was part of a 4-for-8 day with three RBI.
  • Sophomore Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) recorded a multi-hit day in game one, and juniors Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.) Courtney notched multi-hit games in game two.
  • The Seawolves left 11 men on base in game one.
  • Italiano threw out one runner in each game.



Up Next
The Seawolves and Bearcats play the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday at Joe Nathan Field. First pitch is at noon with freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) on the mound.