April 6, 2013
Game 1 Stats | Game 2 Stats
Albany, N.Y. - Junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) smashed two home runs and drove in five runs on the day, but the Stony Brook baseball team suffered a doubleheader loss to Albany Saturday at Varsity Field, surrendering a four-run lead in a 5-4 game one loss and falling behind 6-0 before losing game two, 9-6.
Stony Brook falls to 9-20 overall and 4-7 in America East while Albany improves to 10-13 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Credit Albany for their comeback in the first game. We let two big innings in both games, along with too many strikeouts, lead to our losses. Hopefully tomorrow the team will go out and perform at the level that Kevin Courtney did today. He had a great day for us."
Game One Turning Point
In the first game, Stony Brook was cruising behind junior starter Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.), who had allowed just four hits in the first five innings. The Seawolves built a 4-0 lead
In the sixth however, Albany turned up the offense on Vanderka. With second and third and two outs, Gordon Madej laced a single up the middle to make it 4-2. Josh Nethaway then followed with a two-run home run to center to tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) came in to pitch, gave up a single to Greg Muller, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Catcher Evan Harasta then hit the walk-off single through the left side to win the game for Albany.
Game Two Turning Point
Albany took control of the game early with a four-run second inning off of Seawolves junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.). The critical hit came with two outs and the bases loaded as Nolan Gaige tripled to center to clear the bases and put the Great Danes on top 4-0.
Albany went up by as much as 6-0 before the Seawolves starting chipping away at the lead, thanks in large part to Courtney, who smacked a two-run homer to right center in the fourth inning and another two-run homer to right in the eighth inning.
The Seawolves had the bases loaded with nobody out and the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning, but could not finish the comeback as a sacrifice fly and a pair of strikeouts ended the threat.
Inside the Numbers
- Courtney's homers were his second and third of the season and eighth of his career.
- Courtney, sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) and senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) each produced multi-hit days. Courtney finished the day 3-for-6.
- Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) went 0-for-4 in both games, snapping his hitting streak at 18 games.
- Vanderka started game one and allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Prior to allowing four runs in the sixth inning, Vanderka had pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
- McNitt pitched game two and surrendered eight runs on nine hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out six. He fell to 1-3 on the season.
- Knesnik took the loss after giving up the winning run in game one. He is now 2-1 on the year.
- Stony Brook struck out 19 times over the two games.
The Seawolves look to salvage the series Sunday when they play Albany in a single game beginning at noon.