Vanderka, Chavarria and Stone earn America East weekly honors

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March 24, 2014

NOTE: TUESDAY'S HOME GAME vs. NYIT NOW AT 2:30 PM

Cambridge, Mass. - The Stony Brook baseball team earned three America East weekly honors after sweeping Albany last weekend as senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) was named Pitcher of the Week, junior Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) was named Player of the Week, and freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) was named Co-Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Vanderka pitched his third career no-hitter, an incredible feat in college baseball, to lead Stony Brook to a 7-0 victory in game one of last Saturday's doubleheader with Albany. The no-hitter was his second complete game shutout of the season. He limited Albany to three base runners, two walks and a hit-by-pitch, and struck out 10 batters, including four of the first six batters he faced. He fanned Albany's Brian Bullard in the ninth inning for the final out of the no-hitter and was immediately mobbed by his #Seawolves teammates.

Vanderka now has no-hitters against NJIT (March 18, 2011), Fordham (March 10, 2013) and Albany (March 22, 2014). This season, Vanderka is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA over 32-2/3 innings. He has walked nine and struck out 31.

Chavarria hit a team-best .421 in five games last week, helping the #Seawolves go 4-1. He went 3-for-4 in the USC game and scored what proved to be the winning run against the Trojans as Stony Brook won its first-ever game over a Pac-12 school. He then scored six times during Stony Brook's three-game sweep of Albany, including the run that broke a 3-3 tie as the #Seawolves went on to complete the sweep with a 7-3 Sunday victory.

For the season, Chavarria is hitting a team-high .350 with 12 runs scored and 10 RBI. He has an active eight-game hitting streak and leads the team with seven multi-hit games this season.

Stone continues to make his mark in the back of the #Seawolves bullpen. He earned saves against USC and Albany while pitching four shutout innings. Against the Trojans, he locked up Stony Brook's first-ever win over a Pac-12 school with 2-1/3 shutout innings. Then he closed out the team's three-game sweep of Albany with two more shutout innings and four strikeouts.

For the season, Stone has accumulated 20 strikeouts in 14 innings while sporting a 2.57 ERA and garnering three saves.

Stony Brook is 9-9 overall and 3-0 in America East. The #Seawolves have won nine of their last 12 games and will host NYIT Tuesday at Joe Nathan Field at 2:30 p.m., before playing at Sacred Heart Wednesday and at Hartford in a three-game series this weekend.