May 17, 2013
West Hartford, Conn. - The Stony Brook baseball team split a doubleheader with Hartford Friday at Fiondella Field to set up a winner-take-all rubber game on Saturday for the final spot in the America East Championship. The Seawolves won game one, 2-1, on the strength of junior Frankie Vanderka's (Levittown, N.Y.) eighth complete game of the season. The Hawks claimed game two, 9-8, after rallying from a three-run deficit in the ninth inning.
The doubleheader split leaves Stony Brook at 23-32 overall and 14-15 in America East. The Hawks are now 17-35 overall and 13-16 in America East. With a win on Saturday, Stony Brook will clinch the final spot in the America East Championship and earn the tournament's No. 4 seed. If Hartford wins on Saturday, the Hawks and Seawolves will be tied at 14-16, but the Hawks would earn the playoff bid on the strength of a tiebreaker.
Game One Turning Point
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Seawolves loaded the bases with just one out. Senior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) stepped to the plate and poked a looping fly ball that dropped down the right field line to score freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.). After junior Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) struck out, sophomore Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit a sharp grounder up the middle that was knocked down by Hawks second baseman Brian Estevez, but Krause beat the throw for an RBI infield single that scored sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) to give the Seawolves a 2-1 lead.
From that point on, it was Vanderka's game as he allowed just three base runners the rest of the contest. In the sixth inning, the Hawks had a runner on third with just one out. With the infield drawn in, Vanderka struck out cleanup hitter John Lukach and then induced a 6-3 groundout from Chris DelDebbio to end the threat.
Game Two Turning Point
In a game of comebacks, Hartford rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the fifth inning to go up 5-2. Stony Brook then rallied with two in the eighth and then four in the ninth. The big hit came from sophomore pinch hitter Michael Roehrig (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), who singled home the go-ahead runs after Stony Brook had tied the game at 5-5.
The Seawolves went into the bottom of the ninth leading 8-5, but they could not hold the lead. Hartford loaded the bases with just one out. Ryan Lukach hit a ground ball to third that freshman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) could not handle for an error, scoring one run. With the bases still loaded and freshman Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) pitching, DelDebbio sliced the ball to the opposite field down the right field line, scoring all three base runners and giving the Hawks the walk-off, comeback win.
Inside the Numbers
- The Seawolves had seven hits in game one and 12 hits in game two. Stony Brook left 13 men on base in game two.
- Parenty, Peragine, Nivins, Krause and junior Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) all produced multi-hit games in game two. Freshman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) had two hits in game one.
- Mason hit his first double of the season and drove in a run for the third time in his last four games.
- Nivins has now hit safely in five consecutive games.
- Parenty extended his hitting streak to nine games. He had three runs scored across the doubleheader and is seven for his last 13 at the plate.
- Roehrig's pinch hit was his second of the season.
- The Seawolves drew 10 walks in game two. Italiano, Krause and Tenuto each had two free passes.
- Vanderka started game one and pitched his eighth complete game of the year, which ranks second in the country. He allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. He lowered his ERA to 2.27 and improved his record to 8-3.
- Zamora started game two and gave up five runs (four earned) on two hits. He walked seven batters and struck out four in his 4-2/3 innings of work.
- Freshman Chad Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) was outstanding in relief, allowing one run on three hits over 3-1/3 innings.
News & Notes
- All five games between Stony Brook and Hartford this season have been decided by one run.
- Stony Brook has appeared in the America East Championship seven consecutive seasons, the longest active streak of any league member.
- Hartford is looking for its first America East Championship bid since 1996.
Stony Brook and Hartford will wrap up the regular season with a winner-take-all single game on Saturday, beginning at 1:15 p.m. The team that claims the victory will advance to the 2013 America East Championship.