Parenty headlines nine All-America East honorees

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May 21, 2013

Full America East release with conference awards list (PDF)

Lowell, Mass. - Freshman Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) headlined nine Stony Brook baseball awards honorees as he was named 2013 America East Rookie of the Year, the conference announced on the eve of the America East Championship, held at LeLacheur Park.

Stony Brook has now won each of the last four America East Rookie of the Year awards. Parenty was also named first-team All-America East, the first Seawolves freshman to garner first-team honors since Willie Carmona in 2010. Joining Parenty on the first team are junior starting pitcher Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) and junior first baseman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).

Making it onto the All-America East second team are junior catcher Anthony Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.), freshman reliever Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) and freshman third baseman Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario). Garnering All-Rookie honors were Parenty, Knesnik and fellow freshman Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.).

Stony Brook placed two players on the America East All-Academic team, including junior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.), who has a 3.45 GPA in Biochemistry, and sophomore Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario), who has a 3.30 GPA while undecided as to a major.

Parenty, who has been Stony Brook's most consistent offensive weapon this season, leads America East in base hits with 69. He also is fourth in batting average at .348. He leads the team in runs (30), hits, total bases (77) and on-base percentage (.390). Earlier this season, he boasted an 18-game hitting streak and actively has a 10-game hitting streak heading into this week's conference tournament.

Vanderka is enjoying a terrific season in his first full year a Seawolves starting pitcher. Known for his complete game win over LSU to send Stony Brook to the 2012 College World Series, Vanderka has been full of complete games this year, eight to be exact, which ranks second in the nation. He is 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA, which is second-best in the conference. He has thrown 95-1/3 innings, recorded 58 strikeouts and held opponents to a .218 batting average.

Courtney saved his best for America East opponents. In 28 conference games this season, Courtney batted .348 with a league-high six home runs and 27 RBI. He had 18 extra-base hits in total during conference play. Overall, Courtney led all America East players with his six home runs and finished second in walks with 34.

Italiano drove in 15 runs and had nine extra-base hits, including three home runs, during conference play. He did his best work from behind the plate, managing a strong Seawolves pitching staff that had a 3.59 ERA during conference action and a 4.14 ERA overall. Italiano threw out 44.9 percent of attempted base stealers, second-best in America East.

Knesnik was outstanding in relief this season, posting a 4-1 record, 3.83 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 40 innings of work. His two-best performances came in critical conference junctures; he tossed five innings of one-run relief and struck out four, allowing Stony Brook to come back and beat Hartford on April 14; then on May 5, he pitched five shutout innings of relief as the Seawolves once again rallied at UMBC for a win.

Caputo is the only Seawolves player to start every game this season and hit .260 with 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBI. He is second on the team in base hits (56) and fourth in runs scored (20). He is ranked 32nd in the country with five triples.

Zamora was Stony Brook's No. 3 starter all season and led the Seawolves and finished fourth in America East with 64 strikeouts. He has struck out six or more in a game six times this season, including a career-high nine against UMBC on March 30 and again at Maine on April 21. He had his best outing of the season up at Maine that day when he pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and three walks.

Stony Brook finished the regular season 24-32 overall and 15-15 in America East, posting a .500 or better conference record and qualifying for the America East Championship for the eighth consecutive season. The No. 4 seed Seawolves are the defending tournament champions and will begin defense Wednesday against No. 1 seed Maine at LeLacheur Park at 4 p.m. The game can be seen live for free on AmericaEast.com.