Baseball hits Albany for three-game series this weekend
April 5, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Baseball
Games 28-30: Stony Brook vs. Albany
Stony Brook Seawolves (9-18, 4-5 America East)
Albany Great Danes (8-13, 4-5 America East)
About the Weekend: Stony Brook returns to the diamond this weekend to face in Albany in what is Stony Brook's first America East road series of the season. After going 4-5 in home games, the Seawolves look to make a move up the conference standings with strong play against an Albany squad that is also 4-5 in conference. The Great Danes are making their debut at home after playing the first 21 games on the road. Albany had two home games canceled due to weather. So far, Albany has taken 2 out of 3 from UMBC and dropped 2 out of 3 to Hartford and Maine.
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 47-10 (.825) against their America East foes.
Last Time Out: Stony Brook struggled on defense, committing six errors, which ultimately led to six unearned Marist runs as the Red Foxes defeated the Seawolves 12-6 last Tuesday. The loss spoiled 2-RBI days by Cole Peragine and Jack Parenty.
The Complete Package: Frankie Vanderka is in a serious stretch of pitching; he has tossed four consecutive complete games, all Seawolves wins. In his last effort, he pitched seven innings and struck out seven, earning his third career shutout, a 2-0 win over UMBC on March 30. He currently leads America East in ERA at 1.42.
Zamora earns the Honor: Freshman Daniel Zamora struck out a career-high nine batters on his way to his first collegiate victory, a 5-2 win over UMBC on March 30. The effort earned him America East Rookie of the Week honors.
Parenty on a Roll: Freshman Jack Parenty was named America East Rookie of the Week on March 25 after hitting .533 in four games. He is currently hitting an America East best .368 this season and is currently on an 18-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.
Seawolves in the Pros: Stony Brook currently has nine players active in Major and Minor League Baseball, seven of whom were on active opening day rosters. The group is headlined five-time MLB All-Star Joe Nathan. Read the full story here.
Shock the World: Stony Brook had a dream 2012 season, reaching the College World Series for the first time ever after knocking off six-time national champion LSU in the NCAA Super Regionals. Relive the run by reading the season recap.