Baseball sweeps doubleheader from UMBC

Michael Hubbard

March 30, 2013

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook baseball team received terrific starting pitching performances from junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) while pounding out 20 hits on offense as the Seawolves swept a doubleheader from UMBC, winning game one, 8-0, and game two, 5-2, Saturday at Joe Nathan Field.

The Seawolves took two out of three from the Retrievers for their first America East series victory of the season. They improve to 9-17 overall and 4-5 in America East.

Every member of the Seawolves lineup had at least one hit over the course of the two games, and six different players banged out multi-hit games. Juniors Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) and Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each homered for the home team.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"It was a terrific doubleheader sweep, and I'm very proud of the guys bouncing back from yesterday's heartbreaking, extra-inning loss. We won our first America East series of the year, and we did a lot of good things; we pitched, we finally hit and we played really good defense. I'm encouraged with the way we played, and look forward to continuing to play this way going forward."

Game One Turning Point
The Seawolves left no doubt after the first two innings. In the first with runners on first and second and two outs, Italiano stepped to the plate and drove a Denis Mikush pitch high into the air and over the left field wall for a three-run dinger and a 3-0 lead. The Seawolves tacked on three more in the second on a freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) RBI single and a two-run error on a high throw from UMBC shortstop Kevin LaChance.

The rest was up to Vanderka, who pitched another brilliant game. Only in the fourth inning did he allow more than one baserunner. After giving up back-to-back singles to start the inning, he settled down and struck out the Retrievers' 3-4-5 hitters to end the threat. He allowed just one more baserunner the rest of the contest.

Game Two Turning Point
Again, the Seawolves struck early, posting two runs in the first inning. After Zamora struck out the side to start the game, Courtney came up with a runner on and smashed a home run over the right-center wall to put the Seawolves on top 2-0.

Stony Brook scored its remaining runs on a freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) triple in the third, a sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) ground ball in the fourth and a freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) RBI single in the eighth.

Meanwhile, Zamora kept the Retrievers off balance, scattering just the five hits. Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) came on in the seventh and gave Stony Brook 2-2/3 solid innings and gave up just one unearned run.

Inside the Numbers

  • Vanderka threw his fourth consecutive complete game, tossing seven innings in the first game, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. 
  • It was Vanderka's second shutout of the season.
  • Of Vanderka's 92 pitches, 64 were for strikes.
  • Zamora had a fantastic second game, pitching 6-1/3 innings and allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out a career-high nine batters.
  • Parenty went 1-for-3 in game one and 2-for-4 in game two, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.
  • Italiano's home run was his second of the season; Courtney's home run his first of the year.
  • Caputo, Courtney, Parenty, Italiano and junior Michael Hubbard (Northridge, Calif.) all finished with three hits during the doubleheader.
  • Eight of Stony Brook's 20 hits on the day were extra-base hits.
  • Knesnik gave up just one hit in his 2-2/3 innings and earned his first career save.
  • Italiano threw out 1-of-3 base stealers and is now 20-for-44 (45.5%) in throwing them out on the season.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook is 22-1 in its last 23 games against UMBC.
  • The Seawolves are now in a three-way tie with UMBC and Hartford for third place in America East.

Up Next
Stony Brook will be on the road for the next five, beginning Tuesday with a non-conference game at Marist at 3 p.m. Next weekend, the Seawolves play at Albany.