Baseball squares off with Binghamton this weekend

Johnny Caputo

April 26, 2013

2013 Stony Brook Baseball

Games 43-44: Stony Brook vs. Binghamton
April 27-28  •  Bearcats Sports Complex  •  Vestal, N.Y.

Game 1 - Saturday, 12 p.m.  Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.

SB Starter: RHP Frankie Vanderka
BU Starter: RHP Jake Lambert 


SB Starter: RHP Brandon McNitt
BU Starter: RHP Jack Rogalla


Game 3 - Sunday, 12 p.m. 

SB Starter: LHP Daniel Zamora
BU Starter: RHP Jay Lynch


Stony Brook Seawolves (15-27, 7-11 America East)
Head Coach:
Matt Senk, 23rd season
Overall Record: 638-417-3
Record at SB:

Binghamton Bearcats (20-15, 9-8 America East)
Head Coach: Tim Sinicki, 21st season
Overall Record: 451-458-6
Record at BU: same

About the Weekend: Stony Brook resumes its conference schedule with a critical three-game series against Binghamton on the road. With 12 games remaining on the schedule, the Seawolves trail Binghamton by 2.5 games for third place. Stony Brook is also two games behind Hartford for fourth place and the final spot in next month's America East Championship. Binghamton took two of three from Stony Brook in the first series last month, but the Seawolves narrowly missed out on taking two of three. In the first game, they had a three-run lead in the final inning before surrendering six runs to the Bearcats.

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. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Seawolves are 50-16 (.758) against their America East foes.

Last Time Out: Stony Brook secured six extra-base hits and struck out 11 NYIT batters as the Seawolves defeated the Bears 6-4. Brett Tenuto hit his first collegiate home run, Austin Shives tripled and Kevin Courtney doubled twice to lead a Seawolves 10-hit attack. Josh Barry earned the win in relief, and Chad Lee was outstanding in his 2-1/3 scoreless innings of work, allowing one hit and striking out four batters.

The Complete Package: Earlier this season, Frankie Vanderka tossed four consecutive complete games, all Seawolves wins. He is third in the nation in complete games with five, just three behind the national leader. He is fourth in America East with a 2.23 ERA and third in strikeouts with 49.

Zamora Cleans Up: Daniel Zamora picked up his third America East Rookie of the Week award on April 22 after tossing eight shutout innings in Stony Brook's 1-0, 10-inning win over Maine. He matched his career high with nine strikeouts and held Maine hitless with runners in scoring position (0-for-7).

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, 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.