April 20, 2013
Final Stats: Game 1 | Game 2
Orono, Maine - Junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched his fifth complete game of the season, and junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) had three hits on the day, but the Stony Brook baseball team's offense was held in check in a Maine doubleheader sweep of the Seawolves. The Black Bears won game one, 2-1, and took game two, 3-2, Saturday at Mahaney Diamond.
The Seawolves fell to 13-26 overall and 6-11 in America East. Maine improved to 24-14 overall and 13-3 in the conference.
Game One Turning Point
The Seawolves led 1-0 early on Italiano's sacrifice fly, but surrendered the lead after Maine scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Stony Brook had the chance to respond in the top of the sixth, as Tenuto and Parenty led off the inning with back-to-back singles. However, Maine's Tommy Lawrence wiped out the threat by inducing a ground ball fielder's choice for the first out and then getting a ground ball double play to end the inning, stranding the tying run on third base.
Lawrence ended up pitching a complete game and allowing just one run on six hits.
Game Two Turning Point
In the fifth inning, the Black Bears stretched a one-run lead into a three-run lead, which was enough against the struggling Seawolves offense. The first two Maine batters reached in the inning on a single and a walk. After a pop-up secured the first out, Maine's Kyle Silva stroked a single to right that brought home one run and set up first and third. The second run came home on a fielder's choice by Eric White.
Although Courtney got the Seawolves back to within one on his double to the right-center gap in the sixth inning, Stony Brook was unable to complete the comeback after posting just four hits on the day.
Inside the Numbers
- Vanderka started game one and threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out four batters. He suffered the loss to fall to 4-3 on the year.
- Sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started game two and allowed three runs on nine hits in 4-2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
- Freshman Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) was outstanding in relief, pitching 3-1/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks. He now has allowed just one run in his last 11-1/3 innings pitched.
- Stony Brook's 1-2-3 hitters on the day had six of the team's 10 hits on the day.
- Courtney's two-run double gave him a team-leading 18 RBI for the season. He also tied freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) for the team lead in doubles with seven.
The Seawolves and Black Bears close out their regular season series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., as freshman Daniel Zamora
(La Puente, Calif.) does battle with Maine's Mike Connolly.