April 15, 2013
Cambridge, Mass. - Stony Brook baseball freshman pitcher Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) has been named America East Rookie of the Week after pitching eight solid innings over two games last week, the conference office announced Monday morning.
Knesnik becomes the fourth different Seawolves player to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining fellow freshmen Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.), Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) and Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.).
The right-hander was outstanding in both of his appearances last week. Against Manhattan last Wednesday, he started the game and held the Jaspers hitless over three innings while picking up two strikeouts. Then vs. Hartford on Sunday, he relieved Zamora and threw five brilliant innings in relief, allowing just one run while punching out four batters.
Knesnik did his best work in the 10th inning. Faced with runners on first and third with no outs, he escaped the jam with a caught stealing, a strikeouts and an induced fly ball to center. The pitching performance fueled the Seawolves' bats, who won it in the 11th on junior Josh Mason's (Woodland Hills, Calif.) walk-off single.
For the season, Knesnik is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA. In 24 innings, he has allowed 21 hits and struck out 15 batters. Opponents are hitting only .233 against him.
Knesnik and the Seawolves host Bryant and NYIT in non-conference action this week before heading to Maine for a critical America East series with the Black Bears this weekend.