April 13, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) pitched a complete game, and the Stony Brook baseball team got three RBI from senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) and two from junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) as the Seawolves split a doubleheader with Hartford, dropping game one, 4-3, before claiming game two, 3-2, Saturday at Joe Nathan Field.
McNitt's complete game came in game two as the junior right-hander scattered eight hits and two runs while striking out a season-high eight batters. Courtney had the game-winning RBI in the second game on an eighth-inning double.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"We had a terrific bounce back game after another heartbreaking one-run loss. Brandon McNitt was outstanding in throwing a complete game, and I was excited about the big RBI hits from Tanner Nivins and Kevin Courtney."
Game One Turning Point
In the seven-inning first game, the Seawolves and Hawks were tied 3-3 after seven, sending it to extra innings. In the eighth, Hartford's Brady Sheetz led off with a long triple to left center, and he scored two batters later on Chris DelDebbio's bloop single to left center.
In the bottom of the inning, the Seawolves threatened by putting the first two batters on base, but the game ended on a ground ball double play.
Game Two Turning Point
Tied 2-2 with not many base runners for either team, Stony Brook scratched a run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and nobody on, junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) stroked a single to center. That brought Courtney up, and he took a Brian Murphy pitch the other way and smacked a double into the right center gap, and the ball rolled all the way to wall, allowing Italiano to chug home with the go-ahead run.
McNitt came back out for the ninth inning and worked around a two-out single by striking out Joe Roberti to end the game.
Inside the Numbers
- McNitt picked up his second win of the season after going nine innings and allowing two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high eight batters, which also matches his career high.
- Stony Brook has now gotten seven complete games out of its starting pitchers this season.
- McNitt threw 87 of his 117 pitches for strikes.
- Junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.), sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) and freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) posted multi-hit games.
- Nivins' three RBI boosts his season total to a team-leading 17. He has driven in a run in each of the last four games.
- Courtney's double was his fifth extra-base hit in the last seven games.
- Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started game one and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high eight batters.
- Mason pitched in relief in game one and took the loss after surrendering the winning run.
- Italiano gunned down four base stealers over the two games and has now thrown out 48.1 percent (25-for-52) of would-be base stealers this season.
The Seawolves and Hawks play the rubber game of their series Sunday at Joe Nathan Field at noon. Freshman Daniel Zamora
(La Puente, Calif.) will take the hill for Stony Brook.