Baseball hosts Binghamton at Joe Nathan Field this weekend
March 22, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Baseball
Games 20-22: Stony Brook vs. Binghamton
Stony Brook Seawolves (6-13, 1-2 America East)
Binghamton Bearcats (9-6, 1-2 America East)
About the Weekend: Stony Brook begins the second of three straight home conference weekends as it faces Binghamton in America East action. This series was originally scheduled to be played in Vestal, but the Bearcats' field is unplayable due to weather, forcing the move to Stony Brook. The two teams will now meet in Vestal April 27-28. Both teams suffered series defeats last weekend; Stony Brook dropped two of three to Maine, and Binghamton lost two out of three at UMBC.
Conference Rules: Stony Brook's America East schedule looks a little different than in years past. This season, America East has moved to a full round-robin schedule. All teams will play three-game home-and-home series against each opponent for a total of 30 conference games. On Saturday doubleheaders, the first game will be a seven-inning game, followed by a nine-inning game. Sunday single games will be nine-inning affairs.
Dominating the League: No one has been more dominant in conference play over the last few seasons than Stony Brook. Over the last two seasons, the Seawolves are 44-7 (.863) against their America East foes.
Seawolves beat Bearcats: Stony Brook is 10-3 against Binghamton since the start of the 2011 season.
Last Time Out: Johnny Caputo banged out three hits, and Josh Barry pitched three innings of scoreless relief, but the Seawolves dug themselves a 5-0 hole to Rhode Island and couldn't climb out, succumbing to the Rams, 8-4, on Wednesday.
Headed to Citi Field: The Seawolves will return to Citi Field on Tuesday when they battle St. John's in non-conference action at 4 p.m. The team visited Citi Field as guests of honor last June after returning home from the College World Series. Tickets to Tuesday's game are just $10 and are on sale through the Stony Brook Athletics ticket office. Fans can purchase their tickets at Joe Nathan Field this weekend.
Frankie Say No-No: On March 10, Frankie Vanderka once again etched his name into the record books by throwing a no-hitter against Fordham in the Seawolves' 2-0 win. Vanderka pitched nine innings and struck out six hitters while walking three (one intentionally). The no-hitter was the second of his career and it earned him national, regional and conference honors. He was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, CollegeBaseballInsider.com Northeast Region Pitcher of the Week and America East Pitcher of the Week.
Shives Honored: Austin Shives was named America East Rookie of the Week on March 11. He batted .417 in four games last week, second-best on the team, while driving in two runs, both coming in Stony Brook's 5-1 win over Iona on March 5. He followed that performance with a three-hit game at Fordham, the first three-hit game of his young career.
Weekly Honors: Stony Brook pitchers Frankie Vanderka and Daniel Zamora picked up weekly honors from America East on Feb. 18. Vanderka was named Pitcher of the Week after posting six shutout innings at Florida International. Zamora was named Rookie of the Week for tossing six innings and allowing just one run and striking out six in his collegiate debut at Florida International.