Baseball journeys to Maine this weekend
April 19, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Baseball
Games 38-39: Stony Brook vs. Maine
Stony Brook Seawolves (13-24, 6-9 America East)
Maine Black Bears (22-14, 11-3 America East)
About the Weekend: Stony Brook begins a stretch of nine consecutive road conference games this weekend as it makes the eight-hour journey to Maine for a three-game series with the Black Bears. This series represents the start of the conference schedule's second half, and the Seawolves are looking to make up ground in the race for a berth into the America East Championship. Stony Brook is 1.5 games behind Binghamton for fourth place and only two games behind Albany and Hartford for second place.
Last Time vs. Maine: These two teams opened the conference season at Joe Nathan Field last month, and the Seawolves fell to the Black Bears twice, including a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat in the opener, when Brandon McNitt allowed only four hits in nine innings, but the Seawolves left 10 men on base and couldn't score against Maine's Tommy Lawrence. The Seawolves rebounded for a 7-1 win in game two, but then they came up short in game three, 8-3, in a game that was closer than the score indicated.
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 plus this year, the Seawolves are 49-14 (.778) against their America East foes.
Last Time Out: Stony Brook pitchers struck out 15 NYIT batters in a dominating 6-0 win over NYIT this past Wednesday. Tyler Honahan got the start and fanned a career-high nine batters in four innings. Chad Lee came in next and struck out a career-high five batters and earned his first collegiate victory. Three different Seawolves recorded multi-hit games, and the team stole three bases.
The Complete Package: Earlier this season, Frankie Vanderka tossed four consecutive complete games, all Seawolves wins. He is sixth in the nation in complete games with those four, just three behind the national leader. He is second in America East with a 2.15 ERA.
Knesnik Pitches In: Freshman Tim Knesnik became the fourth different Stony Brook player to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors when he was the recipient of the award on April 15. Knesnik pitched eight innings last week, tossing three hitless innings against Manhattan and then pitching five innings of relief and earning the victory in Stony Brook's 5-4 extra innings win vs. Hartford. In the eight innings, Knesnik allowed just one run and struck out six batters. He helped keep Stony Brook in the game vs. Hartford when he escaped a first-and-third, no outs situation in the 10th inning without giving up a run.
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.
America East Championship Heads to Lowell: The 2013 America East Championship will be moving to a neutral site - LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., home of the Boston Red Sox Class A Short Season affiliate Lowell Spinners. The four-team tournament takes place May 22-24, and the winner receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
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.