Baseball hosts UMBC Friday and Saturday
March 28, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Baseball
Games 24-26: Stony Brook vs. UMBC
Stony Brook Seawolves (7-16, 2-4 America East)
UMBC Retrievers (6-9, 3-3 America East)
About the Weekend: Stony Brook plays its third consecutive conference weekend at home as it hosts UMBC Friday and Saturday. The series was moved up from Saturday-Sunday due to the Easter holiday. In addition, the teams have agreed to play just a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday. The Seawolves are in search of their first conference series win of the season. They dropped two of three games to both Maine and Binghamton. Meanwhile, UMBC has already shown marked improvement from last season. The Retrievers won just two conference games in 2012 and are already 3-3 with a series win over Binghamton. UMBC lost two out of three at home to Albany last weekend.
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 45-9 (.833) against their America East foes.
Seawolves not afraid of UMBC: The Seawolves have won 20 straight games over UMBC, dating back to April 11, 2009. The Retrievers' last win over Stony Brook came April 10, 2009 in Baltimore.
Last Time Out: Stony Brook took in the Citi Field experience, playing their first-ever game at the home of the New York Mets. The Seawolves and St. John's were locked in a pitcher's duel until the Red Storm exploded for six runs in the 12th inning to come away with a 7-1 victory. Despite the loss, the players enjoyed the Citi Field experience, and the entire team was thankful to the Mets organization for hosting the game.
Parenty on a Roll: Freshman Jack Parenty hit .533 in four games last week to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors. He is hitting an America East best .377 this season and is currently on a 14-game hitting streak.
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.