Pitching dominates as #Seawolves and Hartford split; rubber match Monday

Ryley MacEachern

March 29, 2014

Game One Stats | Game Two Stats


West Hartford, Conn. - Pitching was the story in a doubleheader between the Stony Brook baseball team and Hartford. In the first game, Hartford's Sean Newcomb and Alex Gouin combined on a one-hit shutout, beating the #Seawolves 1-0. In the second game, Stony Brook returned the favor as freshman Ryley MacEachern (Saugus, Mass.) threw a complete game shutout in a 1-0 #Seawolves win.

Stony Brook improves to 11-10 overall and 4-1 in America East as the #Seawolves have now won 11 of their last 15 games. Hartford is now 12-9 overall and 3-2 in America East. The rubber match for this series has been postponed from Sunday to Monday at 3:30 p.m.. due to rain.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"There were two big time pitching duels in today's doubleheader. Unfortunately for us, Frank Vanderka was the hard luck loser despite a great effort in game one. But Ryley MacEachern was terrific in helping us get the split and giving us a chance to win another conference series on Monday."

Game One Turning Point
The first game was an old-fashioned pitcher's duel between the two teams' aces. Newcomb retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced, and Vanderka allowed just one hit through the first four innings.

Hartford scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning when Adam Touhey hit a leadoff triple down the right field line and scored on Trey Stover's one-out sacrifice fly.

Stony Brook's best opportunity to come back came in the sixth inning when the #Seawolves loaded the bases on three walks. But junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) lined out to shortstop.

Krause got team's lone hit of the game in the ninth inning, but was stranded as Gouin retired the final two hitters to complete the shutout.

Game Two Turning Point
It was nearly the same script in game two as starters MacEachern and Hartford's Brian Hunter dominated. MacEachern retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, four coming on strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the #Seawolves scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning. Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on junior Cole Peragine's (Belle Ewart, Ontario) sac bunt. Freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) singled Courtney to third, and sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) brought Courtney home with a squeeze bunt down the first base line.

MacEachern went right back to work and mowed down the Hawks, who had only runner reach second base. It came in the bottom of the seventh as Billy Walker doubled with two outs to keep the game alive. But MacEachern stayed composed and struck out James Alfonso to end the game and earn his first career complete game shutout.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had one hit and four walks in game one and six hits and two walks in game two. Hartford had three hits and three walks in game one and just three hits in game two.
  • Vanderka started game one and tossed eight innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out four. It was his third complete game of the season. He has a 1.11 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 32-1/3 innings over his last four starts.
  • MacEachern started game two and pitched his first career complete game shutout. He limited the Hawks to three hits while walking none and striking out seven.
  • Krause was the only Stony Brook player to record hits in both games.
  • Baker had the only multi-hit game for the #Seawolves, going 2-for-3 in game two.
  • Senior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) threw out two base steals in game one, and Krause threw one out in game two.



Up Next
Due to impending rain, Stony Brook and Hartford's rubber match has been postponed to Monday in West Hartford, Conn., at 3:30 p.m. Senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) is slated to start opposite Hartford's David Drouin.