McNitt, Jankowski power baseball to sweep of Hartford
April 20, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore right-hander Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) tossed 7.0 shutout innings and junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI as the Stony Brook baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of the Hartford Hawks with a 6-0 win on Friday at Joe Nathan Field. The Seawolves took the opener, 7-5.
With the pair of victories, the Seawolves improve to 27-10 overall and 7-2 in the America East. Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk is now just two victories shy of 600 for his career.
McNitt (5-1) gave up just five hits while walking one and striking out six. Jankowski reached base in eight of his nine plate appearances in the doubleheader and scored four runs in addition to driving in three.
The Seawolves jumped to the early lead in game two, scoring a run in the first on a RBI single from junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.).
McNitt ran into his only trouble of the game in the second as Hartford loaded the bases with no out.
But McNitt wiggled out of trouble as he got Brian Estevez to fly out to short left and then struck out Rob Meerman before getting Alex Bulger to foul out to first to end the inning.
The Seawolves tacked on two runs in the second with Jankowski driving in the first run with a single through the right ride. Freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) scored the second run on a double steal to make it 3-0.
The scored stayed that way untill the sixth when the Seawolves pushed across two more runs highlighted by a Jankowski RBI triple. Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) relieved McNitt to begin the eighth and pitched the final 2.0 innings to complete the shutout.
SBU also jumped to an early lead in the opener, scoring three runs in the first on a sacrifice fly from senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.), an RBI triple from Carmona and a run-scoring single from freshman Kevin Krause.
Stony Brook added a run in the second on a Jankowski RBI triple and then answered two Hartford runs in the top of the third with two of their of own in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-2 lead.
Hartford rallied though, scoring three runs in the fifth off Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.). to cut the Stony Brook lead to 7-5.
Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) relieved Johnson with one out in the sixth and a runner on second and got Pat Knauth to pop up to first before getting Trey Stover on a grounder to short to get out of jam.
Vanderka then pitched around a leadoff single in the seventh to pick up his third save.
Johnson (5-1) stuck out six in 5.1 inning and earned the victory. Krause, Carmona and Peragine led the Seawolves with two hits each.
The teams will complete the four-game series on Saturday at Joe Nathan Field. First pitch is set noon.