Bats and arms dominate as #Seawolves sweep UMBC, 5-3 and 11-3

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May 9, 2014

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - Junior Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) delivered six hits, sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) homered and had five RBI and senior starting pitchers Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) dominated on the mound as the Stony Brook baseball team swept a doubleheader at UMBC Friday at Alumni Field by scores of 5-3 and 11-3.

The #Seawolves offense delivered a total of 24 hits over the two games as they scored in double figures for the fifth time in their last eight games. They improve to 30-15 overall and 15-4 in America East. The 30-win season is the 11th in the program's history. UMBC falls to 15-26 overall and 6-14 in the conference.

Head Coach Matt Senk's reaction
"We had some strong starting pitching, continued to play extremely solid defense and we saw a lot of really good things at the plate, especially in the second game. It's always great to be in a position to sweep the weekend and our efforts today put us in the position to do so." 

Game One Turning Point
Vanderka and UMBC's Riley Stephenson engaged in a pitcher's duel early on. The #Seawolves scored a run in the first inning, and Vanderka retired the first 12 UMBC hitters he faced. The Retrievers finally got a hit in the fifth inning and tied the game.

The #Seawolves then took control with a big three-run seventh inning. After senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) drew a one-out walk, Peragine stepped to the plate and doubled to left center to set up second and third. Freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) brought home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center. Then Caputo doubled home Peragine and eventually scored on a UMBC fielding error.

Vanderka took care of the rest. He allowed single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but he finished the game with a groundout for his fourth complete game of the season and 16th of his career.

Game Two Turning Point
Stony Brook set the tone offensively from the get-go, scoring four times in the first inning. Junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) had an RBI single to kick off the scoring. Baker brought home a run on a fielder's choice, Courtney scored on a throwing error and Caputo doubled home Baker to complete the inning.

The #Seawolves then piled it on with three runs in the fourth as junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.), Krause and Peragine all posted RBI sinlges, making it 7-0.

Stony Brook put the game completely out of reach in the sixth when a Krause double and Chavarria walk set up Peragine's RBI single to center. Then with two outs and two on, Caputo hit a bomb to dead center for a three-run homer, making it 11-1.

The offense was in support of McNitt, who dominated over six innings, allowing only two runs on six hits while striking out nine batters, including a Stony Brook record four in one inning, the sixth.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook had 24 hits over the doubleheader, including 15 in game two. The team also had seven walks and left 13 men on base over the two games.
  • UMBC had 14 hits, drew two walks and left 10 men on base over the two games.
  • Peragine, Baker, Krause, Chavarria, Caputo and sophomore Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) all had at least one multi-hit game over the doubleheader.
  • Peragine led all hitters by going 6-for-8 on the day.
  • Caputo drove in five runs on the day, including four in game two.
  • Krause was 5-for-9 with four runs scored in the doubleheader.
  • Vanderka started game one and pitched his fourth complete game of the season. In his nine innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
  • McNitt started game two and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out nine batters, including a Stony Brook record four in one inning when he did it in the sixth. He now is 6-1 on the year, tying for the team lead in victories.

 

 

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has now won 24 of its last 29 games and 30 of the last 39.
  • At 15-4 in America East, the #Seawolves have assured themselves no worse than a second place finish in the conference. They are one game ahead of Hartford (13-4) for first place.
  • Stony Brook has won 24 of the last 26 games against UMBC and leads the all-time series 40-9.
  • The #Seawolves are now 20-1 this season when they score six or more runs in a game.
  • Stony Brook has moved to 12-10 in true road games this season.
  • The wins secured Stony Brook's 11th all-time 30-win season, all of them coming under head coach Matt Senk.

Up Next
The two teams will conclude the three-game series Saturday at noon. Sophomore Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) is scheduled to face UMBC's Joe Vanderplas.