Offensive spark helps #Seawolves earn doubleheader split vs. Maine

Casey Baker

May 3, 2014

Game One Final Stats | Game Two Final Stats


Stony Brook, N.Y. - After a game one pitchers' duel that went Maine's way, the Stony Brook baseball team had a 13-hit barrage in game two as junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) and freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) each drove in three runs to lead the #Seawolves to an 11-3 victory over the Black Bears, Saturday at Joe Nathan Field. Maine had taken game one, 2-1.

Stony Brook is now 26-15 overall and 12-4 in America East, sitting in a tie with Hartford for first place in the conference. Maine is now 18-25 overall and 6-8 in the league.

Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"Despite a tough first-game loss to an outstanding pitching performance by Maine's Tommy Lawrence, the guys bounced right back in the second game. They jumped out to an early lead and kept adding to it. They did a great job making sure we earned a split and putting us in a position to win the series tomorrow."

Game One Turning Point
It was a classic pitcher's duel between Stony Brook's Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and Maine's Tommy Lawrence. Both pitchers matched zeroes through the first three innings, but the Black Bears struck first in the fourth inning when Alex Calbick hit a solo homer to right. Maine scored an unearned run off Vanderka in the fifth inning, but he got two big outs after that, including a pickoff of Sam Balzano at first base to retire the side.

Stony Brook got on the board in the sixth inning on Baker's RBI double down the left field line. But Lawrence escaped that inning without further damage and then escaped a tough seventh inning that had two #Seawolves on base. He then retired six straight #Seawolves to end the day and finish with a complete game.

Game Two Turning Point
After struggling to put runs on the board in game one, the #Seawolves left no doubt to their scoring abilities in game two. After Maine's Shaun Coughlin recorded out number one, the #Seawolves had the next five hitters reach base. With the bases loaded, Peragine dropped a two-run single to right that plated junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) and junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.). After senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) scored on a wild pitch, Baker hit a towering shot to left center that made it to the outfield walk, and he hustled for an RBI triple that scored Peragine. The #Seawolves took a 5-0 lead after just one inning.

Stony Brook then piled it on as Krause and Peragine had RBI singles and Baker had a sacrifice fly in the second inning to make it 8-0. Sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 9-0.

After Maine put up three runs in the fourth inning, the #Seawolves responded with getting two back when Baker hit an RBI single to center and sophomore Johnny Caputo (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) split the center and right fielders with an RBI double to the alley.

On the mound, senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Nick Brass (Shirley, N.Y.) combined to limit the Black Bears to five hits. McNitt was sharp in six innings, striking out seven batters, including five in a row in the second and third innings.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had 21 hits and drew three walks in the doubleheader. The team left eight men on base in game one and just five in game two.
  • Maine had 14 hits and drew six walks over the two games. The Black Bears left five men on base in each game.
  • Parenty (game one) and Baker (game two) had three-hit days for the #Seawolves. They along with Courtney, Peragine and freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) recorded multi-hit games.
  • Courtney was 4-for-7 with four runs scored over the two games.
  • Baker and Peragine had three-RBI games in game two.
  • Vanderka started game one and allowed one earned run on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out two.
  • Sophomore Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) was sharp in relief, pitching three shutout innings while allowing just two hits and two walks.
  • McNitt delivered six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven, including five in a row early in the game.
  • Brass pitched a scoreless seventh inning to end game two.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has now won 26 of its last 35 games.
  • The #Seawolves are 70-24 in America East play since the start of the 2011 season.
  • Stony Brook is 12-4 in America East this season and is in a tie with Hartford for first place.
  • The team is now 16-2 at Joe Nathan Field this season.

Up Next
Stony Brook and Maine play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday at Joe Nathan Field at noon. The game will be broadcast on WUSB 90.1 FM.