Vanderka receives more national honors

Frankie Vanderka

March 13, 2013

Stony Brook's Vanderka throws no-hitter (Associated Press)

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook junior starter Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) has earned two more national honors for pitching a no-hitter against Fordham last Sunday. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Vanderka its National Pitcher of the Week and named him Northeast Region Pitcher of the Week.

Vanderka tossed a no-hitter against Fordham this past Sunday, throwing hitless nine innings in Stony Brook's 2-0 win over Fordham. He struck out six batters while walking three (one intentionally). The game was played as a seven-inning affair, but Vanderka's pitching duel with Fordham's Chris Pike sent the scoreless game into extra innings. The Seawolves finally broke through in the ninth inning with a pair of runs, and Vanderka finished off the Rams by setting down the 2-3-4 hitters in order in the bottom of the ninth.

This was Vanderka's second career no-hitter; he also threw one as a freshman on March 18, 2011 at NJIT. After throwing that no-hitter, he also earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors. This is Vanderka's second America East Pitcher of the Week honor this season. He previously was a recipient of the award on Feb. 18 after throwing six shutout innings at Florida International.

This season, Vanderka is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 27-2/3 innings.