April 27, 2013
Vestal, N.Y. - Junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) smashed a grand slam, and junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) recorded his sixth complete game of the season as the Stony Brook baseball team split a doubleheader with Binghamton on Saturday, winning game one, 5-1, and dropping game two, 3-1.
Courtney hit his slam in the fifth inning of game one, and it proved to be the game-winner, making Vanderka victorious for the fourth time in seven conference starts.
The Seawolves are now 16-28 overall and 8-12 in America East. Binghamton is 21-16 overall and 10-9 in America East.
Game One Turning Point
The first two Seawolves batters in the fifth inning struck out, but the team mounted a rally as freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) reached first base on a single up the middle, and freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) reached on an infield single. After sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) drew a four-pitch walk, Courtney stepped to the plate and turned on a 1-0 pitch from Jake Lambert and crushed it over the right-center wall for the grand slam.
Now up 5-1, Vanderka took care of the rest, allowing just one other Binghamton runner to reach second base. He finished the game by recording his only strikeout of the day, fanning Zach Blanden to end it.
Game Two Turning Point
The Bearcats won it with two runs in the very first inning off of junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.). Shaun McGraw drove in the first run with a single, and Jordon Smucker brought home the second with a groundout.
Stony Brook's offense struggled against Jack Rogalla, mustering just four hits. The team's best chance to score came in the eighth inning. Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) doubled and senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener Ontario) singled to set up first and third with nobody out. However, the threat ended as sophomore Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit into a 4-6-3 double play, which scored a run but also cleared the bases.
Inside the Numbers
- Courtney's grand slam was the first by a Stony Brook player this season.
- Courtney, who now has four homers this year, is hitting .333 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 20 conference games this season.
- Courtney, Nivins and Tenuto produced multi-hit games.
- Nivins, who is five for his last nine at the plate, stole a pair of bases, one in each game.
- Vanderka started game one and earned his sixth complete game of the year after pitching seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits. He improved his record to 5-3 on the year.
- McNitt started game two and allowed three runs on eight hits over 6-2/3 innings. He fell to 2-5 on the season.
The rubber match of this three-game series takes place Sunday at noon.