May 4, 2013
BALTIMORE - Junior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) hit a go-ahead two-run home run, and fellow junior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched his seventh complete game of the season as the Stony Brook baseball team split a doubleheader with UMBC Saturday, winning game one, 5-3, before dropping game two, 4-1.
In its chase for a spot in the America East Championship, fifth-place Stony Brook moved to within one game of fourth-place Hartford (11-12). The Seawolves are now 19-29 overall and 10-13 in America East. UMBC is now 12-26 overall and 6-17 in conference.
Game One Turning Point
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, the Seawolves took the lead for good as Courtney continued his hot hitting. With a runner on first and one out, Courtney drilled a Mac Gill pitch over the center field wall for a two-run homer. It was his third home run in his last four conference games.
Stony Brook added two more in the sixth on an error and a junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) squeeze bunt, and Vanderka took care of the rest, setting down the final four batters he faced to earn the complete game victory.
Game Two Turning Point
Tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, the Seawolves put the first two batters on base to set up first and second, nobody out. But Stony Brook failed to score, flying out three consecutive times.
In the bottom of the seventh, UMBC's Anthony Gatto tripled to open the inning. After a line out, Ian Glassman drew a walk to set up first and third. In a double steal attempt, Gatto was thrown out retreating to third base, but Glassman moved up to second. That set the scene for Vince Corbi to stroke a double to left field to score the go-ahead run.
UMBC tacked on two more in the eighth inning for insurance.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook had nine hits in game one, but just five in game two.
- In conference games only, Courtney leads all America East players in home runs (6) and RBI (26). He finished the day 3-for-6 with a walk, stolen base and two RBI over the two games.
- Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had three hits in game one and finished the day 4-for-8.
- Vanderka started game one and threw his seventh complete game of the season, second-best in the nation. In his seven innings, he allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two. He improved to 6-3 on the season.
- Junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) started the second game and suffered his sixth loss of the season (2-6). He pitched 6-2/3 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out three. It's the third time this season he's pitched at least six innings, allowed two or fewer runs and finished with either a loss or no-decision.
- Despite his win-loss record, McNitt has a 3.76 ERA and is holding opponents to .247 hitting.
The Seawolves and Retrievers wrap up the season series with a single game rubber match on Sunday beginning at noon.