Baseball wraps up home schedule vs. Albany

G.C. Yerry

May 10, 2013

2013 Stony Brook Baseball

Games 50-51: Stony Brook vs. Albany
May 11-12  •  Joe Nathan Field  •  Stony Brook, N.Y.

Game 1 - Saturday, 11 a.m.  Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.

SB Starter: RHP Frankie Vanderka
UA Starter: RHP Austin Chase 


SB Starter: RHP Brandon McNitt
UA Starter: RHP Kasceim Graham


Game 3 - Sunday, 12 p.m. 

SB Starter: LHP Daniel Zamora
UA Starter: RHP Derek Zielinski


Stony Brook Seawolves (20-29, 11-13 America East)
Head Coach:
Matt Senk, 23rd season
Overall Record: 643-419-3
Record at SB:

Albany Great Danes (21-19-1, 14-10 America East)
Head Coach: Jon Mueller, 14th season
Overall Record: 300-402-5
Record at Albany: same

About the Weekend: With two weekends remaining in the regular season, the Stony Brook Seawolves look to continue their rise up the America East standings as they take on SUNY rival Albany in their final home series of the year. Saturday's doubleheader has been moved up to 11 AM due to concerns with the weather. On Sunday, the Seawolves will celebrate Senior and Alumni Day. Stony Brook is looking to avenge a sweep at the hands of the Great Danes. The series easily could have gone the other way as two of the three games were one-run contests. 

The Scenario: Stony Brook is 11-13 in America East, tied with Hartford for fourth place and the final spot in the America East Championship. The Hawks are at UMBC this weekend. Both teams are also only 2-1/2 games behind Binghamton for third place in the standings. The Bearcats are home to first-place Maine this weekend. The Seawolves control their own destiny towards securing a playoff spot.

Senior Day: On Sunday, the Seawolves will honor their two seniors: outfielder Tanner Nivins and left-handed pitcher G.C. Yerry. The two have been a part of the winningest four-year stretch in program history. Since they arrived on campus, the Seawolves have captured two America East tournament championships and two regular season titles. Last season, the two were part of the Stony Brook's "Shock the World" run to the College World Series. 

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 54-18 (.750) against their America East foes.

Last Time Out: The Seawolves rallied from four runs down to force extra innings, where Jack Parenty doubled home two runs to lift Stony Brook to a 7-5 win over UMBC in 10 innings. The victory secured an important series win for the Seawolves. Tim Knesnik earned the win after five brilliant innings of scoreless relief. Stony Brook bashed a season-high 17 hits in the game, led by Tanner Nivins and Anthony Italiano, who both went 3-for-5.

The Complete Package: Earlier this season, Frankie Vanderka tossed four consecutive complete games, all Seawolves wins. He is second in the nation in complete games with seven, just two behind the national leader. He is second in America East with a 2.07 ERA and tied for fifth in strikeouts with 50.

Knesnik Brilliant Again: Tim Knesnik has shown a knack for coming up big in relief. The freshman right-hander earned the victory in Stony Brook's 7-5 win at UMBC on May 5 after pitching five scoreless innings in relief. He scattered five hits and struck out four. In the ninth inning, he escaped a tough first-and-second, no outs jam to give the Seawolves momentum heading into extra innings.

Courtney Slugs His Way to an Award: Kevin Courtney was named America East Player of the Week on April 29 after hitting .333 and slugging .833 in five games. He homered twice in Stony Brook's three-game series at Binghamton and drove in seven runs. One of his homers was a grand slam and served as the game-winner in a 5-1 victory. Courtney is dominating during conference play. In 21 America East games, he's hitting .343 with a conference-best five home runs and 24 RBI.

Zamora Cleans Up: Daniel Zamora repeated as America East Rookie of the Week on April 29 after tossing seven strong innings and allowing just one run in Stony Brook's 8-4 series-clinching win at Binghamton. He now has been named Rookie of the Week four times.

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 had an 18-game hitting streak earlier in the season, during which he hit .387.

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.